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Faster load times

Today we rolled out a much-needed update intended to incrementally speed up page load times. Users don’t want to wait too long to get the information they want, and Google likes faster pages as well. We implemented an update that was meant to parallelize some tasks when fetching or refreshing product info. This basically means …

Major update to Amazon product data

We have just rolled out what is for us a major update, and pretty relieved we are too to see that everything seems to be working fine. The update should change practically nothing for you, the site user, but it involved some pretty big changes on the back end to do with the way we …

Apologies for downtime

Sorry if you have found our site inaccessible over the last 24 hours, we have had a lot of downtime ‘thanks’ to bots misbehaving on our site. Because of its nature, people find our site useful for scraping product data, and we don’t even mind that up to a point, and we have until now …

Significant search bugs fixed

If you do any sort of software or web development, then those headslap/facepalm moments are probably more common than for most ‘ordinary’ people. They usually also involve utterances such as ‘So THAT’S why it doesn’t work?! How come I am SO DUMB?! How did I not notice that?! WHEN did I break that?! WHY did …

Now search on Amazon ASINs!

Finally – you can now type an Amazon ASIN into the search box above and get a list of products, including the UPC. Try it now! Search for B07XLGMM47 (example). You can use this to reverse search UPCs from ASINs, the 10-digit code beginning with B that all Amazon products have. Go to Amazon and …

Site speed drastically improved

Apologies to users for the incredibly slow running of the site recently. It took ages to first realise there was a problem and then get round to checking it out, and then actually fix it. Turns out we broke something in an update a while back – what a surprise. So for the techies, basically …

Minor bugfixes 1st November 2018

After fixing the problem with our SSL certificate we took the opportunity to look into a few more bugs that have been present for a while but never properly addressed, mostly to do with the PriceTracker: PriceTracker storing 0.00 prices:Ā for whatever reason, some vendors report prices of 0.00. Obviously they are not giving anything away, …

Back up and running after SSL renewal

Sorry if you got a scary warning visiting our site over the last few hours – our SSL certificate, the cypher that all modern websites use to keep your browsing private – expired briefly. Many browsers, Chrome especially, start throwing panicky warnings about criminals stealing your data and whatnot. We assure you that the chances …

Major unplanned downtime – sorry

Just checking in to apologise if you couldn’t reach UPCZilla over the last 24 hours. A server misconfiguration, possibly coupled with some kind of DDoS attack, caused our server to completely fail, and as luck would have it nobody noticed for almost a day – seemingly our emergency notification also failed. Sigh… So it’s back …