Google Analytics

Now big brother is watching me. And you. And everybody else, too.

I searched for some plugins for WordPress to improve it a little bit and I found Stats This plugin collects data about visitors and show what are the interesting parts for others on my blog. A friend gave me a hint that there is also Google Analytics which works in a similar way.

For both systems a small script has to be included on the website which triggers a countable event on a remote server. At this server are collected information about the number of visitors, from where they came, how long they stayed and which pages they viewed.

I have choosen Google Analytics to give it a try and see the results.

Instead of trying to dig information out of the apache logfiles a the java script from google does this job actively. One advantage of this active approach are more accurate results. One disadvantage is that information about your visitors are stored at a extern server.

The system rely on java script. So if you do not want to be tracked there is a effective way to be invisible for google. Disable java script! For firefox exists a very good extension called NoScript which let you easily disable and enable java script at your will.

File upload with WordPress

While uploading files to WordPress I have had no problems until I tried the first file which was not a media file. I got the message that it is not possible because of security reasons. In the backend I didn’t find any configuration to select which files are allowed and which not.

After a short internet search I found two solutions.

One is a plugin from Peter Westwood which is integrated into the admin backend and allows comfortable editing of types which are allowed to be uploaded.

The second way to solve the problem is more straight forward. In the function wp_check_filetype() which is located in wp-includes/functions.php you can find an array with all types wich are allowed to uploaded. Just add the type you want to upload.

But be aware what you are doing! There is a good reason why types of files are checked before upload to server. Just thing a few minutes before changing the code and allow .php, .exe, .sh and so on…

Moved to my new Domain

After a short testing period of WordPress on my test domain the blog was today successfully moved to my new domain. It is really a hard job to find a free domain which can be easily remembered, is shorter then 50 letters and not complete random.

The one I choose now to use is not really a german or english word but its short, easily to remember and in some way it even has a meaning…

AntMe!

At the last conference I have attended there was a presentation of a funny programming game. Its easy to understand, easy to learn and exciting to get a higher score.

What is to do? Just program the behavior of ants to let them collect as much as possible food. For that task there is a simple API with only a few easy to understand commands. Basicly you only have to derive from a given BaseAnt class and overwrite the existing functions. Whatever you program here the ants will do it!

antme

How does it work? You implement the behavior of your ants and start the game. A game controller calls the methods of your ants everytime an interesting event occurs e.g. your ant is near a food resource or the ant becomes tired. After the game is started you can do nothing more than watching the small black worker running in a virtual world. For people with a 3D accelerator card even in 3d and not flat.

You can either use C# or Visual Basic for developing your own ant peoples. All you need to start you can find on the coding4fun website from Microsoft.

WordPress Update

Ein Blick auf die Webseite von WordPress hat mich zu der Erkenntnis gebracht, daß die Version der Blog Software, die von meinem Provider als Pakte zur Verfügung gestellt wird, nur noch unter der Bezeichnung “legacy” geführt wird und nur noch historischen Wert besitzt.

Ab jetzt läuft der Blog auch wieder mit einer aktuellen Version von WordPress.

Der Koffer ist gepackt

Der Sommerurlaub ist dieses Jahr auf ein verlängertes Wochenende geschrumpft und an dem geht es auf einen Besuch zu Freunden nach England.

Also wenn es hier weiter nach Baustelle aussieht, liegt es daran, daß die Baustelle vorrübergehend verlassen ist…

Der Anfang ist gemacht

Und nachdem das geschafft ist, steht nichts mehr im Wege meinen Blog mit Daten zu füllen.

Je nachdem wieviel Zeit ich habe, kommt hier entweder früher oder später etwas Leben auf die Seite.

In erster Linie ist der Blog eine neue Spielwiese für mich. Und wenn ich nach Stunden der Suche im Netz etwas gefunden habe, nachdem unzählige Foren und Mailinglisten durchforstet wurden, um den nötigen Tipp für eine Problemlösung zu finden, wird das Ergebnis eingelagert und bis man die Information wieder braucht hat man vergessen wohin es gespeichert wurde.

Dann kann ich es auch in den Blog schreiben und von überall darauf zugreifen. Außerdem erspare ich vielleicht damit auch einem verzweifelten Sucher in den weiten des Webs eine Menge Frust…

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