Some time ago, I noticed the traffic on this site dropping off rapidly. Continue reading
A simple hint for email administrators everywhere. If you have a large number of users with unique sequential ID numbers, it may be tempting to use that ID as a primary email address, or an alias, but don’t do it. It’s an open invitation to spammers to target your users with the minimum of effort. Once they know one number in the sequence they can quickly find two more addresses by adding or subtracting from the first. Before long, with kinderarden maths they’ve guessed every email address and can proceed to spam them all. Today, I was automatically registered for one of Portsmouth Uni’s Google Apps accounts. It comes complete with an email address that is sequentially numbered. As a consequence, having never sent a mail with the account, and having never logged in until today, I found in my inbox, five, beautiful blinking pieces of spam. Years ago when we were setting up the email addresses for vodafone.net, the powers that be in Vodafone were really keen to have firstname.lastname@example.org as the email address format. We advised against it, strongly. We did sharp intakes of breath. We did furrowed brows. We did reverse psychology. Everything. The light was seen, and sanity and happiness was maintained, at least for a few months, then they did it anyway. I wonder how those vodafone.net accounts are doing now.
Sometimes nice things come back and surprise you. Last year, just after I’d upgraded to Google Earth Plus, I was looking for some good Santa-stuff in Google Earth (so I could show my younger relatives something interesting on what is otherwise a very dull computer), and I spotted a shape: looking around Northern Europe I realised the nice crinkly edges formed a good pair of antlers. Continue reading
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The plugin system on BBPress is still rather rudimentary (you create a folder called “my-plugins”) and any php that exists therein is considered to be an activated plugin. The good news here is, that (a) it works and (b) it’s so similar to the WordPress that many plugins will magically work without modification. My Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress is (almost) one such example. Continue reading
The possibly-too-quick-for-it’s-own-good rise of Google has set them up squarely as the new arch rival to Microsoft, and their latest advertising angle suggests more than a mild concern over the pre-installed applications in Microsoft’s looming Windows Vista, which is now in Beta testing. Continue reading
Google has this week announced a labs project called Google Trends, a rather nice extension to the monthly search roundup that is Google Zeitgeist. Trends lets you see how popular a particular search term has been over time, and then just for fun, you can compare the popularity of other search terms over the same period. Continue reading
The rise in referral traffic from Google seems to have stabilized, so I’ve re-run the analysis from last week and updated the big daddy status list to reflect the current status of the various datacentres; two of which appear to have switched over to BigDaddy during the last week. Curiously (or not, depending on how conspiratorial you want to be) the logs show not one single referral from any of the machines in the IP range of each datacentre, yet.
Several news and technical commentary sites have been pronouncing the arrival of Google’s Bigdaddy datacentre over the last few weeks, and looking at the stats for this site over the last few days I might be seeing it’s effect – hits from Google are up. After a little digging, I reckon the rollout is 50% complete. Continue reading
Just a quickie this, because there’s so much to look at. Google Earth has just had a major data update for the UK. Continue reading
I’m going to stick my neck out and make a prediction. I was thinking around the subject of Google Analytics just now, considering the increased information that Google now have. It’s a short leap of faith to guess that Google will use the data that Google Analytics provides in order to improve or reinforce their PageRank algorithm, and I’m sure most people have twigged that by now. To suggest that would be to make the mistake of thinking Google is still a search company. Continue reading
The data from Google Analytics has started to roll in, and the highlight (from a purely human point of view) is certainly the map view which shows where on Earth everybody who visits this site comes from. Continue reading
This is the first beta release of a WordPress plugin that can add Google Analytics to your website without you needing to code one single set of <>’s. Continue reading
I’ve hit a major flaw with Google Search this week. A significant number of the technical searches that I’m doing are providing results where one particular company is at the top of the list.
This company has the answers I need, but they don’t provide them for free. The top result appears to be an exact match to my question, so I click it, only to find that “it’s them again”. Continue reading
Google has recently added some new aeriel images to the Google Earth Database, and one of the places that has received significantly better coverage is Portsmouth, UK.
Portsmouth College provide some fantastic (historical and current) aeriel pictures of Portsmouth on their website, so I thought I’d try comparing them to see just how good the rendering in Google Earth really is. Continue reading
Google Talk enters it’s beta phase today. It’s an instant messaging and Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) application. The burning question is, of course, can it be a replacement for other instant messaging clients? Continue reading
Yesterday Google launched Google Desktop 2 beta, an extension of their existing Google Desktop application that indexes personal computers so their information is as easy to find as the rest of the web. This beta release introduces a pluggable sidebar, and introduces some interesting possibilities about what will come next. Continue reading
Microsoft and Google were bound to end up in a high profile court case sooner or later. It turns out that personnel issues are the catalyst for their first major legal fracas. Continue reading