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Feb
7
2010

BrowsershotsWe’re regularly improving the Lanyard Lab web site, adding clearer descriptions of our lanyard styles, more custom lanyards pictures, and more functionality to help guide you through the process of ordering lanyards.

Whenever we do add anything, we’ll post here to let you know.

In the process, it’s necessary for us to check that our updates look the same across all of the major web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

We’re Mac people at Lanyard Lab and don’t always have access to a Windows computer running Internet Explorer. So to test there, we’ve been using a free online service called Browsershots. It lets users pick from which browsers they’d like to see screenshots of their web site. The screenshots then reveal any design flaws present in various browser versions.

Unfortunately, while it gets the job done, Browsershots is often very slow to produce the necessary screenshots. It relies on various computers around the world to visit the submitted web site and grab and upload images of it. It can take upwards of an hour during busy times.

There’s also a fantastic site called Browser Sandbox that lets you  emulate multiple browsers quickly, but it’s Windows-only (for now).

So I ask: Does anyone know of a better/faster service for testing a web site across multiple browsers? More importantly, is there on that’s Mac-compatible?

Update (2/7/10): Adobe to the rescue. A much better solution to this problem can be found at browserlab.adobe.com. This Flash-based site quickly and easily displays just about any specified web address in all of the most common versions of the most popular web browsers. Thanks, Adobe!

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Today we have reduced our minimum order quantity for custom Eco-Friendly lanyards from 500 down to just 100!

Our Eco-Friendly custom lanyards are made from recycled materials (PET) and consume no new resources. They’re perfect if you’re environmentally conscious.

See examples on our Eco-Friendly lanyards page.

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Feb
5
2010

We’ve officially joined the social networking revolution.

In other words, we now have a Facebook fan page.

So support us by becoming a fan of Lanyard Lab on Facebook! We haven’t decided what exactly we’ll do with our Facebook page yet, but it’s not impossible to think we might offer some special deals to our fans, so it certainly wouldn’t hurt to join.

To become a Lanyard Lab fan (A Fanyard? Nah.) You can either use the link above or the box on the right side of this blog.

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We frequently review our web site statistics, paying particular interest to the search terms and keywords that bring future customers to Lanyard Lab.

By far, the most popular term used to find us is “custom lanyards” which certainly makes sense since that’s exactly what we sell. But there are quite a few misspellings and typos of the word “lanyard” that we see pop up all too often.

Here are a few of the more common (and sometimes amusing) ones:

  • Landyards
  • Linyards
  • Laynards
  • Lanierds
  • Lanuards
  • Lanard
  • Lanerds
  • Laniards
  • Lane yard

I’m sure there are more, but those are just the ones our stats show from the last 3 days.

So hopefully by listing them here future misspellers will find us in their search for custom lane yards – and maybe they’ll end up buying some lanyards too.

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Jan
24
2010

Neck Lanyard vs. Safety Lanyard

About: Lanyards

We’re happy being in the custom lanyard business, but if there’s anything we’d like to change about it, it’s the word “lanyard.” Not only is it an unusual word, but it also has a few definitions that have nothing to do with the comfortable items we offer to hang around your neck.

For example, take this quote from a recent tragic Toronto Sun article:

All four men killed after plunging 13 storeys when a scaffolding snapped on Christmas Eve were wearing body harnesses, but it seems three of the men were not using a lanyard to affix the harness to a solid structure, Toronto police said yesterday.

“The harness without a lanyard, even one with a lanyard but not attached, if it’s not affixed to anything it’s useless,” said Det. Kevin Sedore.

Sedore said one man did have a lanyard (lifeline) attached to his harness, but it was not connected to anything.

The good news is that the lanyards we sell are fun items, regularly used to promote a business or show school spirit. The bad news is that we must continue to use the same word for our products as the safety harness attachments that were improperly used in the story above.

Since we can’t change the English language, we’ll just have to continue with term “lanyard” to describe what we sell and reduce the confusion between the two definitions whenever possible.

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