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Current Topic: Web Design odometer rolls over to seven digits . . .
Topic: Web Design 12:59 pm EDT, Jun  2, 2005

This week my site tracker reached an interesting metric: Over 1 million page views, since I started with the sitemeter tracking service in September 2002.

Site Summary


Total 441,488
Average Per Day 1,142
Average Visit Length 4:39
Last Hour 43
Today 318
This Week 7,996


Total 1,003,077
Average Per Day 2,955
Average Per Visit 2.6
Last Hour 108
Today 682
This Week 20,687

My observations on the source of the traffic:

The vast majority of visitors are researching the link between Kryptos and "The Da Vinci Code", so they're coming in on searches such as "King Tut and the CIA", "only WW knows", and other terms which I know are coming straight from the trivia quiz on Dan Brown's site.

The second-most common reason for visiting, seems to be my "Unsolved Codes" page. It's an erratic draw, with "surges" of traffic that come in as it gets picked up by different sections of the blogosphere every couple months, gets a flurry of links from people in that section of the net, and then the traffic dies down again after a few days.

Third-most common: General kryptos curiosity coming in from the search engines. Lots and lots of visits with a single search term: "kryptos"

I'm also getting some interesting side traffic coming in from the Brazilian search engines, since I posted a Portuguese translation page of my Saint Raphael information (for the benefit of some of my relatives in Brazil). So I'll get regular visits on that page from people searching on all kinds of bizarre combinations of search terms which happen to match unrelated words on the page: Top draws seem to be things that involve the words "Pope," "Poland", "tuberculosis", "exhumed", and "cemetery". Heh. Lots of morbid curiosity out there....

Polish HTML codes
Topic: Web Design 1:09 am EDT, Apr 11, 2005

] Polish characters in HTML

My webpage about Saint Raphael is starting to get attention around the Carmelite community (I even found out that the Discalced Carmelite Order has a mailing list on Yahoogroups, heh). I have this image of barefoot friars alone in their cells, typing feverishly on an internet connection. Which may not be too far from the truth!

Anyway, I'm starting to get more information sent to me about Saint Raphael's life, which I'm going to add to my webpage. But the extra Polish characters are giving me conniptions, since I can't copy/paste them into vi (they just show up as a dot). I've been having some luck inserting the necessary & #xxx codes though...

Polish HTML codes

SnapStream FAQ
Topic: Web Design 7:02 pm EST, Jan 20, 2004

This is a support page for a piece of software called Snapstream, which has been recommended to me for capturing digital video and saving it in a variety of formats. I especially like the chart on this page, which concisely displays the file size differences between MPEG2 and Windows Media file formats.

SnapStream FAQ - Resource for reporting network abuse
Topic: Web Design 5:32 pm EST, Dec 19, 2003

Good resource for finding out the correct "" addresses to write to for any given domain. - Resource for reporting network abuse

NcFTP Software
Topic: Web Design 3:08 am EDT, Jul 22, 2003

Very handy FTP client, available for a variety of operating systems. Nice docs, too.

NcFTP Software

Open Wiki - The post-it note of the web
Topic: Web Design 11:11 am EST, Dec 17, 2002

Wiki is awesome. Easy-to-add user content, real-time modification of webpages and hyperlinks.

Open Wiki - The post-it note of the web

Site Meter - Counter and Statistics Tracker
Topic: Web Design 7:50 pm EST, Dec 16, 2002

IMHO, Site Meter is *the* best webcounter service out there right now. It's free, easy to use, stable, and provides a wealth of information on visitors. Since my site got listed in Schneier's "Crypto-Gram" newsletter yesterday, I've been using sitemeter to see who's visiting my site, from where, and what they clicked on to get to my site. All as a free service. It's awesome. :)

BTW, I've gotten over 2000 unique visitors to since yesterday. Whee!

Site Meter - Counter and Statistics Tracker

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