Urchin 6 Confirmed

Well, that’s what I get for blogging without first reading the entire set of new posts from Analytics Talk. That nice blogger over at EpikOne has confirmed that the new beta Urchin software is indeed the Urchin 6 update. It has a completely rewritten back-end, uses the old Analytics interface, and uses Flash graphs instead of the SVG graphics it used to (info second-hand from the post). It will cost about $3,000, and can be used with all its functionality (no more modules) for one price. Existing owners can get discounts, and users who purchased service contracts will get the…

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New Google Analytics Code

Google has released a new version of the Google Analytics JavaScript, as well, named ga.js. It replaces the old function- and variable-based calls with a new object-oriented style, and was rewritten to support event tracking. Other new features include the currently in-beta outbound link tracking and the in-rollout site search tracking. The code’s structure has changed completely, so sites using calls to urchinTracker() in multiple places (i.e. not just in the tracking code) will need to plan their upgrades so as not to leave data holes. The old urchin.js should be supported for a while, as the old Analytics reporting…

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Google Analytics Updates

Today saw some exciting announcements originally made at the eMetrics Summit in Washington, D.C. Google Analytics will be rolling out several new features in the coming weeks, including the ability to track site search (if your site has search, like this one does), tracking events in Flash and JavaScript without using urchinTracker() (which artificially increases pageviews), and Outbound Link Tracking, which will (as its name says) track outbound links. The event and outbound link tracking will first be launched as betas, meaning I might not get to use them for a while. But man, that last one’s going to be…

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Sorry, Microsoft and IE7

I owe Microsoft and IE7 an apology. Last month, when I complained that IE7 wouldn’t layer properly, that was really my fault for thinking I needed to fix something that wasn’t broken. I set different background coordinates in the IE7 stylesheet (which is now empty thanks to my testing) and messed it up myself. So ignore if you came across it, or do in the future, because it’s wrong. I guess my developers’ hate for IE kept me from trying the most obvious solution: removing the fix and seeing if it was actually broken. Sorry, Microsoft.

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New Photo Galleries

I just launched the new photo albums over at the SW Robotics site. If I do say so myself, they look snazzier than the gallery style I came up with last year for my other project. I might adapt the modifications to work with the older site, since they work so well. Creating the albums took a lot of elbow grease and patience, but it was mostly tedious copying and pasting filenames, adding captions, and adding more rows. Add organizing an extensible directory structure on the server, and everything took about a week, once I got all the photos. The…

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It’s Good to Have Talents

I deviate from my usual technobabbling to reflect on some of the things that have happened in the last couple of days. I designed a website for the Southwest High Robotics Team, the launch of which I announced earlier this month, and now the team captain would like me to be the Media Captain, in addition to my current position of Website Captain. This would mean that I would not only maintain the site, update the upcoming photo galleries and video pages, and develop new features like our planned wiki, but would also take photos and possibly create posters/edit videos.…

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Internet Explorer 7 Doesn’t Layer Properly

In the process of developing a new website I have, I discovered a major flaw in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) that shows itself when a floated element has background-color: transparent set in the CSS properties. It appears that if the element is floated inside another element with an opaque background, that background becomes transparent also in the area under the transparent element, effectively showing the page background. I have tested this with tiled image backgrounds, however it may show up in colored backgrounds as well. I spent about two hours tonight alternately searching for solutions on Google and discussing the…

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Cross-Platform Site Development Made Easy

Web site Browsershots.org takes screenshots of websites in basically any browser you can think of, on any OS you can think of (Really, what are the choices? Win, Lin, and Mac.). The wait time can get somewhat long, however, and the shots only cover the first screenful, but for testing in browsers you can’t possibly get for yourself, it’s a must-have development tool.

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