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How to: New Google Analytics Widgets & Dashboard

Sat, 09/17/2011 - 14:02 -- rprice

The most popular (and free) system for web analytics has got a new interface, so I decided to give a quick tour of the home screen and share three widgets I like to use to get an overview of the activity on my websites.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are things I am interested in right now:

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Google Plus, a lot like Buzz so far

Thu, 06/30/2011 - 02:39 -- rprice

I remember the first few days that Buzz was around... there was some activity there, the tech people were all talking about it (plus the obvious privacy backlash). Then it died. It died a quiet lonely death, and nobody smelled the body until a few years later...

When Google+ started.

Will this "project" go the way of Wave, Jaiku, and Dodgeball? Will they open source Hangouts, like they supposedly open sourced Wave?

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Streaming Music from a NAS at Home to an Android Phone

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 18:05 -- rprice

I have a huge music collection that I digitized years ago that I don't / can't carry around with me everywhere. I have been keeping my files on a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device I picked up on rebate - basically some hard drives connected to a low-powered computer with a network cable. I've been looking for a way to play tunes when I'm out in the yard weeding or gardening, or when I'm halfway across the globe. Following is a summary of how I got it to work.

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Wikipedia and Bin Laden

Sun, 05/01/2011 - 23:01 -- rprice

At 10:30 or so last night, I was on a phone call with Mike Anello and Earl, another coworker, when Mike tells us that the President is coming on TV for a special announcement in a few minutes.

I'm like, "the President of the United States?"

I searched Google News - nothing seemed to be there yet. Twitter was exploding with it, confirming what Mike believed the announcement was about: Osama Bin Laden had been killed, and the President was going to tell us on Live TV.

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Setting up your own Etherpad site... in short, you don't have to

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 18:50 -- rprice

Some time ago, I heard about a company that was acquired by Google that had created some software called EtherPad. If you ask me, this is how Google Wave or Google Docs should have been done. You can see the updates in real-time, everyone's changes are tracked, you can save revisions, you can chat with other collaborators, and it even uses wiki-style red links, so that when you click on a link to a page that doesn't exist, a new one gets created. It's all the best things about wikis, documents and IRC.

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