Web stat tools and pinging

I’ve been looking for ping services and free web statistics tools for DaveUnderwood.com, below is what I’ve come across…

Free web statistics tools via contentious.com (updated):

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Unfortunately Google Analytics is invite only at the moment, sign up here.

XML-RPC Ping Services [codex.wordpress.org]


Blake Ross on open source marketing of Firefox

Sounds like an interesting Firefox session at Gnomedex.


The conference espouses a bottom-up, audience-driven approach, making it an unpredictable if not outright chaotic affair… Discussion leaders included Blake Ross, of Firefox fame, whose presentation was upstaged by audience member…


Blake then referenced the Firefox flicks project – and played a video called “Wheee!” from it that poked fun at Microsoft IE, which got a great response from the geeks in the Gnomedex crowd. However Dave Winer found it in poor taste, because it doesn’t address users. Dave asked: “what are you going to do for us?”. Dave said that he thinks Firefox will become just like Microsoft. Blake didn’t accept that – at which point a bit of a ‘Dave vs the crowd’ ruckus ensued. Chris Pirillo, Gnomedex organizer and host, had to step in and ask that the “conversation” be carried on later.

A final question asked about how Firefox will scale. Blake said that “I’m not looking to scale up to the size of Microsoft”. Overall a very interesting session, spiced up by Dave Winer and also Steve Gillmor’s interventions. The crowd was very much in support of Blake and Firefox, but even so Dave’s point that Firefox has to appeal to normal users instead of focusing on fighting Microsoft was a good one.

The curse of too much good web

I finally got round to listening to the podcast of Jason Kottke (kottke.org) and Heather Armstrong (dooce.com) at SXSW [sxsw.com]. And I’m glad I did, their discussion is an interesting insight into their positions as high-profile bloggers.

But it took me ages to get round to it, the curse of too much good web. It depends how you handle it, I haven’t found a perfect method yet. I have my infamous ‘To Read’ bookmark folder which is meant to capture the overflow, it perennially grows and never gets read. Often links that go in there are dated by the time I get to reading them anyway.

It was recommended to me once that I learn to skim-read really fast and to a certain extent I do that. But the web is brilliant for distractions and deep links that before you realise it you’ve been reading an article three links away from the one you started out reading. But it wasn’t conscious, one link lead to a better link which lead to a better article.

I’m at the point now where if I load up my favourite websites to read, the memory useage of Firefox 1.5 under Windows XP is over 200,000 K. While thats happening Firefox tends to be unstable so online transactions are out of the question and normally running something like streaming will cause a crash. And I find it hard to prune my favourite links, they are all so good. If only I got paid to read them.