microchipDIRECT, free shipping (expires 2017-03-19)

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The following was in an e-mail that arrived at 1600 local today :

Microchip

microchipDIRECT

Thanks to you and other valued customers, we have received great feedback and suggestions on how to make our service better. It is with your help that we are proud to announce our new, mobile friendly website.

 

To celebrate this event and to thank you, we want to offer you 

Free Shipping for the week.

Free Shipping

Apply the following Coupon Code at the Checkout

ALLNEW17

(Expires: Mar, 19th 2017)

...

You're welcome to that coupon code.

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Presumably just for continental USA... (and no I haven't gone to the website to check... that would be too easy. devil  )

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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The coupon does appear for Australia but it's apples and oranges (Texas billing)

(I'm not well heeled so don't ask wink

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

Last Edited: Thu. Mar 2, 2017 - 06:27 AM
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we are proud to announce our new, mobile friendly website.

Hmmn, is there some new address for this?(I often use mobile devices when trying to find something) The current website is far from mobile friendly.

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gchapman wrote:

The coupon does appear for Australia but it's apples and oranges (Texas billing)

(I'm not well heeled so don't ask wink

 

 

Should I  send you some Aussie shoes? Well they are probably made in China or India...

 

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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Thanks for the offer but I'll pass smiley

Did have some Italian shoes when I was a young man (young men must be ready for the attention of young women wink

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Did have some Italian shoes

Obviously not of the cement type....devil

new, mobile friendly website.

unlike this one that has been stinking ever since it started! angry

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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cheeky

 

The only pair of Italian shoes I ever owned were bought here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kh...

 

Very comfortable too.

 

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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JoniS wrote:
Hmmn, is there some new address for this?
Likely http://new.microchipdirect.com/

Was http://www.microchipdirect.com/

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Nice, thanks!

That looks by far better to use with mobile devices.

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I took a sale almost to the payment step, and it seems the coupon works for Europe too. It discounted the shipping, which was about €15. Great! I'll surely buy some stuff.

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Mobile-friendly, my a**.

 

The embedded image on the search results page here:

http://new.microchipdirect.com/ProductSearch.aspx?keywords=atmega328p

... misleadingly called small-ATmega328P-TQFP-32.png (full URL https://www.microchip.com/_images/ics/small-ATmega328P-TQFP-32.png) is actually 1210x1107 pixels, and as a PNG file is a whopping 1.4 MB.  Scaling down to the displayed thumbnail size of about 150x138 is left to the browser.  The full image is downloaded.

 

In all, 6 different full-scale images are downloaded by the browser in the above results page alone, totalling nearly 7 MB.

 

Someone please explain to me how pushing 7 MB of PNG over my mobile data plan, instead of < 30 KB of actual thumbnail JPGs, is 'mobile friendly'.  It's not even 'desktop friendly'.  Microchip is spending too much on bandwidth.  I'd prefer their money went to a better web team.

 

Even just the HTML source for the above search results page is itself nearly 1 MB.  The whole transaction just ate 8 MB for a single search results page.  Every product page I've visited suffers the same issue.

 

Add to that the fact that many formerly Atmel devices, now integrated into the Microchip website, have inaccessible datasheets.  Only the summary PDFs are available, even though they are indicated to be the complete datasheet.  Only the datasheets for the automotive rated versions of the devices seem to be accessible.

 

I didn't think it possible, but Microchip seems to have a web team even more incompetent than Atmel.

"Experience is what enables you to recognise a mistake the second time you make it."

"Good judgement comes from experience.  Experience comes from bad judgement."

"When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not unicorns."

"Fast.  Cheap.  Good.  Pick two."

"Read a lot.  Write a lot."

"We see a lot of arses on handlebars around here." - [J Ekdahl]

 

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joeymorin wrote:
Microchip website, have inaccessible datasheets.  Only the summary PDFs are available, even though they are indicated to be the complete datasheet

I did notice same yesterday or so, well I did proceed to google all the complete datasheets I need(or think I need) to get local copies just incase.

 

So it was the big images which did slow down the page....I was thinking I was just in bad area for my connection or the transition to new site is slowing things down.

Last Edited: Thu. Mar 2, 2017 - 03:45 PM
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Lol, it's insane. I've processed that image a bit, downsampled to 8 bits, reduced linear dimensions by 50% and saved as optimized png. The size is reduced to about 100Kb and I think it has more than enough resolution...

 

Last Edited: Thu. Mar 2, 2017 - 03:59 PM
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The image isn't clickable, so the full-sized, full-quality, PNG isn't even normally viewable unless you right-click on the 'thumbnail'

Lol, it's insane. I've processed that image a bit, downsampled to 8 bits, reduced linear dimensions by 50% and saved as optimized png. The size is reduced to about 100Kb and I think it has more than enough resolution...

Cropped screenshot of the image as displayed, saved as a JPG of the same size as displayed, with moderate compression:

Size:  3.4 KB.

 

PNG is good for lossless compression, and excellent for non-continuous-tone images like generated graphs, etc.  JPG is best for continuous tone images.  Surely a thumbnail of a CGI image of a likeness of the product in question should not be 1.4 MB, or even 100 KB.

 

I give up.

"Experience is what enables you to recognise a mistake the second time you make it."

"Good judgement comes from experience.  Experience comes from bad judgement."

"When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not unicorns."

"Fast.  Cheap.  Good.  Pick two."

"Read a lot.  Write a lot."

"We see a lot of arses on handlebars around here." - [J Ekdahl]

 

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A different coupon code will extend the free shipping offer for one further week (to 2017-03-26) :

http://www.avrfreaks.net/forum/free-shipping-microchipdirect-limited-one-time by theusch

 

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller