Long Tail Magic

Well, I learned pretty early that I must track visitors to my website. Its a good habit. And it pays off.¬†Sometime later, I’ll write about the advantages of tracking. Right now I am excited about how easy it is to get it done!

I decided to use Long Tail Magic for web analytics. And Boy, was I amazed at the service. I went in for managed hosting and I got it installed on my server.

And in 3 minutes 2 seconds, Long Tail Magic was installed and running on my server :-)

Long Tail Magic was installed in a Jiffy

Long Tail Magic was installed in a Jiffy

Now I know exactly where my visitors come from, what browsers they use, what keywords they enter, and much more.

And that makes me a very happy webmaster.

I highly recommend it. You can give it a test drive and decide for yourself.

Long Tail Magic

Whiteboard using AJAX

I always wondered what is AJAX all about. So I set about trying to figure it out myself. I needed a project, so I decided to build a web-based WhiteBoard. An online space where users can add sticky notes, move them around, and so on.

You can try it out here. Right now you can just move the notes around, and the position is automatically saved. When you revisit/reload the page, the settings will be retained.

Most of the functionality has not been built as yet, but I’ve figured out how AJAX works.

I have tested this on Google Chrome. Don’t know about the other browsers as yet. Should work fine in the other browsers, but not sure about Internet Explorer.

The Age of the Essay

The most obvious difference between real essays and the things one has to write in school is that real essays are not exclusively about English literature. Certainly schools should teach students how to write. But due to a series of historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed together with the study of literature. And so all over the country students are writing not about how a baseball team with a small budget might compete with the Yankees, or the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a good dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.