The Baroque Cycle

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I have just finished reading the final volume of the majestic Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. Stephenson is one of my favourite writers – although generally known as an SF writer, his interests encompass commerce, cryptography, the history of science, and a whole lot else. This wide-ranging set of interests is exemplified by the scope … Read more

Microsoft buys DeepMetrix

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In a move that should generate no surprise whatsoever, Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring DeepMetrix, a Canadian web analytics firm. It’s an obvious (and sensible) move to counter the activities of Google, whose own product, Google Analytics, is a useful adjunct to Google Adwords  – as well as having caused the biggest shake-down … Read more

The look of Web 2.0

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Want to know what Web 2.0 will look like? This great collection of Web 2.0 logos is a good place to start. Seems that ‘friendly’ fonts, and the colours orange and green are the very thing for the aspiring Web 2.0 logo designers. Glad to see that the Foviance logo conforms.

SiteCatalyst vs. WebAbacus interfaces

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As part of our research to find ways to improve the WebAbacus interface, we’ve been taking a look at some of our competitors’ latest offerings. Today, my colleague Sebastien took us through Omniture SiteCatalyst 12. Here’s a (fairly unstructured) summary of his findings. I’ll probably write this up as a proper document in due course. … Read more

Software as a Service Myths

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Interesting article in Business Week entitled 8 Myths about Software as a Service (SaaS). It’s certainly the case that the bulk of the web analytics industry delivers its software as a service – we certainly do – and I think this trend is set to continue, with security and data privacy issues being addressed along … Read more

ActiveX miseries

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It’s just come to my attention (on account of installing the latest security patches for Windows from Microsoft) that a small but profound change has been made to the way Internet Explorer handles ActiveX plugins (such as Flash, PDF, Quicktime and Java). Owing to a patent dispute with a no-name company called Eolas, who licensed … Read more

Bio Motion labs

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Found this cool experiment on the Bio Motion Lab website, which demonstrates our ability to interpret a collection of moving dots as a human (or, indeed, animal) in motion.

More change…

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Only a week after the event, but I learn today that Omniture is preparing to IPO and that Coremetrics has bought IBM SurfAid Analytics. The Omniture IPO I could see coming, but the Coremetrics/IBM announcement is more of a curveball. However, given Coremetrics’ focus on the e-commerce sector and IBM’s strength in the field (with … Read more

PersonalWeb

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Following a $40m funding round, Claria, previously known as Gator and notorious peddlers of adware, have launched a new product called PersonalWeb, which is an automatic personalised desktop (the user has to install a plug-in), which monitors your browsing habits and creates a desktop which contains links to your favourite stuff. It’ll be a competitor … Read more