Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Google Analytics

Hot on the hills of AWStats, I have added Google Analytics tracking code to each page on this site. With small hiccup - I added it to blog pages only, by mistake. Realized four days later. Dumb

Although Dejan told me all the good stuff about it, I did not bother to try it out until few days ago. Server-side log analysis is still needed since my feeds can’t be tracked with GA code. For other pages though, the amount of tracking options GA gives is amazing. There are some very interesting things I picked up there.

Geo-map overlay

One of the best visual goodies is this geo-map overlay display. It’s one thing to look at the list of countries from where people are coming, quite another to see it so nicely displayed. I actually hovered over each of those dots to take a look and smiled all the way.

AWStats log analysis

DreamHost, where all my sites are located, offer Analog log analyzer as your window into visits demography. Analog is not bad, but it has horrible user interface and it seems it is not developed anymore.

A much better alternative is AWStats, which is not only free, but actively developed too. I have installed the 6.5, latest stable version and for now only have the last 24h data. Interesting stuff, nonetheless :)

Relaxed dead centre layout

This post is more of a reminder for me than anything new, as I need this splash thing from time to time and never can remember where I keep it.

95% of code is from Dušan Janovský. I merely simplified it, thus instead of 3 or 4 nested divs, you need just one div, for the actual content. html and body play the role of table and table-cell respectivelly. Pure semantics. :)

For IE6 and IE7, I opted for the expression property, masked under conditional comments. No other solution I encountered is flexible enough.

This solution has 100% of the available height to spread, because there is no fixed height set for the content div.

ReviewMe review

ReviewMe is service which got me thinking a lot. And not only me, as the buzz is rather large on my part of the blogosphere… I have seen a lot of online and even more paper “reviews” that are nothing more than a copy/pasted PR material received from the manufacturer. Sometimes it’s easy to sense that just from reading, and sneakier ones are written better - you sign-up/order and then realize that the reviewer did not even try the product otherwise you would not be asking yourself “how in the hell he did not notice this”.

However, this actually boils down to the reviewer. Such reviews would quickly diminish his credibility, which in turn will render the money advertisers give him a wasted money, as it has no desired effect at all. I have written quite a few reviews / thoughts here, with little care for politically correct speaking. If I like something I say it blatantly, if I dislike it I say it even more and if it really goes on my nerves I’m throwing stones.

In here lies the biggest potential issue for the ReviewMe. Will authors keep their self-respect or will they bend and soften the style in order not to scare off potential advertisers? Only time will tell that, but it’s an issue I believe ReviewMe should be aware of.

I damn well know I won’t change.