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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for 2005

Comments on QuickBooks Online Edition

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

I’ve been eval­u­at­ing alter­nate account­ing pack­ages for our firm for much of this year (we cur­rent­ly run Quick­Books Pro on a PC — we’re a Mac-based busi­ness, but QB for Mac just does­n’t seem to cut the mus­tard), since, as a user expe­ri­ence con­sul­tant and user inter­face design­er, I can’t stand actu­al­ly *using* QB.



Designer CMS on Rails

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Paul Jarvis (of twothir­ty fame) and I have been dis­cussing an idea over the last few days, cen­tered around this con­cept: many design­ers (espe­cial­ly those who, like us, believe in and evan­ge­lize web stan­dards for our projects, and care about build­ing user-friend­ly inter­faces) bemoan the absence of a CMS that meets the fol­low­ing requirements:




Why My Mum Chose Homeschooling

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

I was remind­ed today of the kind of non­sense that made my moth­er search out alter­na­tives to the pub­lic school sys­tem here in the U.S.. My younger broth­er, Alex, was edu­cat­ed at home for the entire equiv­a­lent of the K‑12 pub­lic sys­tem, while I only had to endure one year in “Pre-1st”, an exper­i­men­tal grade (at that time) intend­ed for kinder­garten-aged stu­dents who were more advanced than the stan­dard pro­gram was intend­ed for. The rest of my stan­dard edu­ca­tion was man­aged by my dear mum, and chat­ting with her today she men­tioned one of the typ­i­cal run-ins she had with a school offi­cial dur­ing my “Pre-1st” days.



Stat Tracking for Web Projects

Monday, January 10th, 2005

I’ve come to the con­clu­sion that I’m not always using the best soft­ware for mon­i­tor­ing stats for web sites (and by stats I mean any­thing from hits to refer­rers to user pat­terns, and every­thing in between and on each side), includ­ing per­son­al projects such as this site, and com­mer­cial projects for clients. I’ve tried built-in log-analy­sis offer­ings from var­i­ous hosts (e.g. Webal­iz­er), as well as free scripts such as Shaun Inman’s Short­Stat and Dean Allen’s Refer (usu­al­ly com­bi­na­tions of more than one such appli­ca­tion and/or script), some of which pro­vide use­ful infor­ma­tion, but I’m not entire­ly con­vinced that I’ve found the cor­rect col­lec­tion of tools to eval­u­ate and mon­i­tor (and allow clients to do like­wise) web site statistics.