New Google Analytics [Screenshots]

If you haven’t applied or looked already you may be missing out on the New Google Analytics. It looks like they are starting to roll it out slowly and our main university account just got activated. I have only been able to play with it a little and I wanted to share some screen shots to show off some new things.

It seems that the core tools have not changed a lot but the interface around them is completely changed. It feels far more responsive and moving in between pages doesn’t have the long loading that plagues the current interface.

The most notable feature addition is the customizable Dashboard which actually does allow you to pull in completely customized “Widgets” into a number of groupings. Creating these widgets is done the same way as segments so there is a lot of functionality.

If there is something specific you want to see just let me know and I can add to these screenshots.

Feedburner Beta [Screenshots]

If you log in to your Feedburner account and notice the Try out the NEW (beta) version! I suggest you do. Below is a few screenshots I took of the new interface and tools. It is their first change to the interface after buying the service and to be honest it is a step in the right direction but Google could have done soo much more. The graphs and UI elements are very similar to Google Analytics but not exactly the same. My wish was for GA and Feedburner to be integrated but it looks like we will all have wait a bit longer for the possibility.

In the mean time enjoy these screen shots and try it out for yourself.

I don’t mind sharing my EDU Checkup data with you guys, but if you plan to pass along the photos please let me know first, thanks. ūüôā

PHPSimpl 0.8.6 Stability Release

It’s been a long time since I have updated PHPSimpl. It doesn’t mean changes have not been happening, it has just been at a comfortable place for me. Expanding it would mean committing myself to many more hours when other resources are already available. So for now I will continue to maintain the framework while adding stability and speed enhancements. I don’t have any new features in the queue.

A rundown of the complete changes include:

  • Updated example
  • Fixed an issue where the Insert() function does not work if there is a primary key that is not auto_increment
  • Fixed an issue with the radio form multi select to validate
  • Added a h() function to output right from the DB, it does htmlspecialchars(stripslashes($text))
  • Fixed the XML Output to include a “raw” parameter which only takes array options
  • Added the ability to send $options[‘fields’] to the DbTemplate->Save() function to only save certain fields in the DB
  • Updated the SetValues() to urldecode hidden form fields because they were not in the past
  • Fixed issue #58 where SetValue() time was stripping the seconds off
  • Made some changes to the regex for php5 latest
  • Made some changes to help with php5.3¬†deprecations
  • Fixed most of the Notices in PHPSimpl
  • Fixed the Email validation in the Mail() class. It now allows .’s and -‘s in the address
  • Now allow the ability to change the encoding of an Email when setting the Body(). Basically for base64 content
  • A few other minor bug fixes

This is a Recommended Update

Questions or Comments? Feel free to leave them in the PHPSimpl Group. There is always someone to help available. By the way we love feature requests, keep them coming.

Grooveshark Preview – Bye Bye Flash

If you are a fan of Grooveshark you have probably been using either the Flash based site or if you are VIP, the AIR application. Both work the exact same way except they rely on Flash and are very resource intensive. If you’re on a laptop and trying to¬†conserve¬†battery Flash is not something you want to be running a lot.

I posted a tweet last week when I realized just how much resources Grooveshark AIR application was taking up while working on a slower computer.

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Luckily this last week Grooveshark released a preview of their new fully HTML site! It’s not fully HTML5 because it doesn’t have all the features yet. It is only available to VIP members and you have to be running Google Chrome. It looks very similar to the current site. I have included a screen shot above. They did tweak the actual player at the bottom made it more fluid. I personally like it more.

Testing out the resource allocation between the two versions you can see from the activity monitor below the difference is phenomenal! The CPU % was the largest improvement.

Current Flash Version

New HTML Version

I won’t go into the details of the new version of Grooveshark but I just wanted to point out and give the Grooveshark team props for migrating their app into something (almost) completely native. Great job guys, keep up the awesome work!

The new HTML version is available at: http://preview.grooveshark.com/

Screenshots of the #newtwitter

Since everyone is anxiously awaiting their migration to the #newtwitter, including myself, I thought I would share what the interface looks like. Logging in this morning I discovered my university account @waynestate was migrated so I took the oportunity to share some screen shots. I haven’t had time to play with it too much so a full review will be coming shortly.

In the mean time enjoy these shots:

Home Page

Profile View

Direct Messages

Composing

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