Archive for April, 2009

Piwik – Now I’m stalking YOU!

Thursday, 23 April, 2009

The web stats stuff at my work is a bit of a mess at the moment, and as the gaffer tape is still (just) holding it together, I’ve been putting off reworking it. Knowing this is something that would good to get fixed up, one of the guys at work stumbled across Piwik and suggested I have a look at it.

Piwik is essentially an open source replacement for Google Analytics, with the added bonus that all data that is collected belongs to you, and not Google. The trade off is that you must have access to a MySQL database in order to record the stats.

I haven’t really played with with Google Analytics much before, because I’m not that fond if them collecting data on my behalf to use for their own means, so I can’t really compare the two. Don’t get me wrong, I think Google probably provide a very good service if you don’t have the means to collect your own data, but seeing as I do, Piwik is a much better choice for me.

I am still deciding if it will fit in with what is needed for the websites at work, but in the mean time I thought I would give it a go on a few of my personal websites. So far it seems rather nifty, and produces some nice looking charts and stats.

While it looks like a promising project, it is a little lacking in a few areas, like user and site management. It also relies heavily on Flash to display a lot of the charts. Seeing as the charts are not overly complex, it might be nice to see if they could be replaced by javascript equivalents (and make a Linux user like me a bit happy).

I’ll definately keep an eye on its progress, and might even get around to having a look through to code, to see if I can help to improve things.

A touch of green, grey and… jerrykan

Friday, 10 April, 2009

I found a rather nice looking theme made by someone over at Gauson Design. It is a fairly nice and simple design with some colours I rather like. The original theme had a rather large header image which looked very pretty, but unfortuneatly I wasn’t really wanting to waste a large amount of space on the tree. So a quick crop, and insertion of a jerrykan, and some tweaking fo the column widths, and I rather happy with it now.

Hopefully the original creator won’t mind too much, otherwise I’ll have to go looking for something new.

It all started way back when

Thursday, 9 April, 2009

This is the obligatory first post to justify my existence on the Internet.

I have never really been into all the “social” trends on the Internet, but my attitude changed a bit when I attended earlier this year. It was pretty cool to see how everyone was using things like twitter, IRC, and blogs in a way I actually thought made sense (and was useful), instead of people just crapping on about their daily existence (which is how i tended to view most blogs). I’ve spent years hanging out on small forums (circle jerks?) and IRC with friends, which has satisfied my needs until now.

So coming away from I decided to try and get into some of the other trends that people are into, and hopefully keep tabs on a few people from the conference. A few weeks back I started on twitter when I found a few friends were using it. I was a little dubious at first because of my dislike of Facebook/MySpace, but twitter works in a completely different and much better way (when it does work). More recently I hae started to find that 140 characters isn’t quite enough to tell people what I really think. So, now I’m starting a blog to help augment my 1 sentence musings.