An example Google Docs spreadsheet with dynamic Amazon pricing

I posted about dynamic Amazon prices in Google Docs spreadsheets before.

Here is a complete example of a shopping list created as a Google Docs spreadsheet, that pulls its prices dynamically from Amazon.de. This is a list for my forthcoming new computer, that I’ll be hopefully putting together in the next couple of months.

Here’s the link. You can make your own copies from File->Make a copy… And with your own copy, you can modify it to be your own perfect shopping list for whatever. And this way you can actually mix dynamic prices from different webshops. I’ve added example scripts for two stores, that I will actually be using to get many of the stuff cheaper than from Amazon.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au_LU7_L9JDFdG84dzZ3YXlXOUd2b3NpQndCZVpvdVE&usp=sharing

It’s not easy or totally automatic to create and modify this kind of spreadsheet, but once you understand how it works (and that each store requires its own script), you’ll be able to make budgets that are dynamic. For me this was a must have, as I’ll be making my purchase from several different webstores, and needed to find a way to compare their prices on a daily basis. Atleast Amazon prices tend to change all the time, and the price that is updated dynamically is not actually the cheapest Amazon price. There might be cheaper Amazon offers in the small print, but I haven’t yet looked for a way to fetch those prices dynamically.

And yes. My Amazon.de links in the spreadsheet contain sneaky affiliate links, that might give me some money, but I doubt that will actually happen. Feel free to replace the links with any Amazon.de product page links.

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My wish list for the next Apple Cinema Display (2013) and hoping for a Dell U2714H

I sincerely hope that Apple would release a new 2560×1440 display with the following specs, so I could buy Apple products again. (At the moment I can’t buy any of their products, as there is something wrong (in my opinion) in each of them.) So here’s a wish list:

1. 2560×1440 resolution IPS or similar panel. (Because 4k is going to be too expensive for me.)

2. Matte or semi-glossy screen. I’m not buying glossy glass panels, ever. I’ve used them on iMacs, and I’ve had enough. I’m sure Apple can come up with a cool way to do matte screens again. Some kind of frameless design would be nice!

3. 27 or preferably 30-32 inch. The bigger pixels wouldn’t bother me…

4. It’s not going to happen, but I’d still hope for a wide gamut display supporting sRGB, Adobe RGB and Rec.709 colour spaces. That would give the screen some professional appeal in photography and filmmaking.

I believe there will never be such a display from Apple. So, I have my next hope on Dell. Like I said in my previous post where I bashed each 27 inch monitor out there, I don’t like the design of the Dell displays. Well, until now. They are having a much better design on this years models, and they don’t look like Compaq Presarios from the 90’s. But, they haven’t yet released the Ultrasharp series with this new design. Only the P-series, which lacks the wide gamuts and 2560×1440 resolution. Some have speculated that the U2713H is not due for an update this year, so we might not see a U2714H this year. But I’m surely hoping there will be such a model. If it gets favourable reviews in tftcentral.co.uk or prad.de, that would be my next monitor.

Here’s a sneak peek from the U2414H (the 24 inch model, supposedly coming without wide gamut later this year):

Dell U2414 front

And the clean back side of the P2714H (with 1920×1080 resolution):
Dell P2714H