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Even though i've requested increased access on the Google Analytics API, I'm getting more reports of people receiving errors. Here are some of the errors:
The cause of this, is that i'm going over the courtesy limit of 50k requests per day.
I am very annoyed by this and I am doing everything in my power to solve the issues, but with Google you never know.
This leads me to a second topic. SimplyStats does not use intermediary services. The data is pulled straight from Google. When building SimplyStats I never anticipated this kind of traffic volume. Also, I have never thought about implementing a 'Message of the Day' or a 'Sorry, we're closed' message. So currently there is no way for me to tell people to be patient. And i'm really sorry about that.
Google has approved my request and the courtesy limit has been increased to 200k per day, which is 4 times the volume. Thank you google!
Exactly one year ago, on june 10, 2013, SimplyStats 1.0 was released to the App Store. I never imagined it to turn out this big. How big? About 2800-users-every-day-big! That is over 20k Analytics reports daily. This all amounted to the staggering total reports this year of 2.878.100 Google Analytics reports!
Last week the 11th update was pushed to the Apple, and I am now preparing for work on the big 2.0 version. It will be bigger and better than any update before.
Thank you so much! Let us get ready for next year!
If feel privileged. It usually takes about a week to get an update of my app reviewed and published, yet with this update it took no more than 22 hours!
- Now shows proper property name instead of site url for both web and app profiles.
- Added much requested reports by city and by region.
- Added pricing information for In-App purchase.
- Refined user interface design.
- Animation tweaks.
- Adjusted custom date range selection.
- Really tiny bugfixes.
And remember: all functionality is still free. No crippleware. Just a few ads.
This month, the guys on code42.com are giving 20% of on any one year plan of their backup software. I don't usually do commercials, but in this case I make an exception. In my opinion, their backup system is simply brilliant. I also think having a proper backup plan is not optional. It is a requirement.
With Crashplan, you are not required to pay a fee though, because it is very easy to set it up with a free plan. The only drawbacks of this free plan:
I have installed Crashplan free on my Synology DS1513+, opened up a few ports on my router. I can now access my backups from everywhere without a problem.
I used to rely on Apple's Time Machine for my backups. Unfortunately the big verification error bug plagues me. If I can't rely on a backup, it is not the backup software for me. I do keep an offline Time Machine backup at hand though, so I can always restore my machine from scratch.
Anyway, CrashPlan is a perfect solution for online and offsite backups. Give it a try.
Ok, people. 5 easy steps to get rid of Facebook game invites once and for all.
From now on you will no longer receive mail or invitations from new apps. Please note the following:
"Apps you've previously installed may still have info you shared. Please contact these apps for details on removing this data"
Easy as PI.
In order to better support my clients and customers, I have installed osTicket. osTicket is a freeware Support Ticket system able to poll an email folder so that it looks like a mail server. It also provides full web access to the client's ticket.
Just minutes ago, I pushed 2 updates to Apple (stop tinkering, i said to myself):
The SimplyStats update brings a few fixes and features that could not make it in the previous release, due to a very tricky release plan involving Ad's and In-App purchases. This update is a roll-up update, and all the parked features are now tested and shipped.
Syas Nomis is a small iPhone game I made for your enjoyment. Just press buttons, and try to remember the sequence that gets longer and longer!
As of now, both updates are published.
Both the apps are free in the App Store.
Even though drives are getting pretty cheap lately, filling up an entire 5-bay NAS can get pretty expensive, considering the fact that 4Tb drives are still around €150 for a WD Red. Instead of buying 5, i choose to install only 2 and expand the system as I go. Time goes fast, so last week I bought a 3rd drive for my DS1513+ NAS.
After inserting the drive, I opened up DSM to add the drive to my existing SHR volume. Easy as pie, and the volume started expanding. Two hours later I checked up on the progress. To my surprise it was only at 2%. Time to investigate.
With a bit of googling I quickly found out that to tackle this problem you really need to get busy on the command line. DSM can't do this kind of stuff (yet).
So see the progress of the expansion, login as root via telnet or ssh and enter cat /proc/mdstat [+enter].
The first of the tips was to increase the throughput parameters. Expanding a volume takes loads of I/O, so in order to 'play nice' to the rest of the system the expanding process keeps itself nice and quiet. By enlarging the parameter you can get significant better throughput.
echo 50000 >/proc/sys/dev/raid/speed_limit_mit
But that didn't work. So i did some more research and found out about a thing called strip cache size. It was only set to 256 bytes! So I enlarged that to 16k and my performance jumped up to about 8 times! Instead of having to wait another 15400 minutes, I suddenly had only 2100 minutes to go, throughput going over 22000K/sec
echo 16384 >/sys/block/md2/md/stripe_cache_size
Yesterday I pushed a new update of SimplyStats to the App Store, ready to be verified by Apple. It usually takes about 2 weeks to get it approved. Here are the changes.
For more info about SimplyStats, go here
Thank you for making SimplyStats a huge success!
With the latest update of Synology DSM, a few low level stuff has been changed. Apache for example, is now running under the http account. This used to be nobody. The trouble with this is that you will get errors when trying to update or install Wordpress themes or plugins:
Wordpress could not create directory /volume1/web/[more]
In most tutorials, it says that you should change the owner to nobody. Now that's changed, and you should use the following command line to set the owner and permissions for your wordpress folder:
chown -R http:http /volume1/web/[wordpress site]
Thanks to tgilles for the fix.
I finally found a proper tutorial on how to customise the comments section for a wordpress site.
There you have it. Archived for future reference!
I noticed my Time Machine backups to my Synology DS1513+ were extremely slow since I updated my MacBook to Mavericks 10.9.2. Maybe the problem was there before, I simply didn't notice. But when you make a new backup (about 84Gb) and the progress indicator says: "19 days remaining" something is wrong.
. I found several suggestions on the internet (reset PRAM, kill spotlight, start a new backup, use wired connection, etc.) but none of them seemed to work. After a little research I found that Apple's implementation of SMB2 is not really compliant with the standard. Since the latest Apple patch SMB is preferred over AFP (Apple Filing Protocol). So I headed over to my Synology control panel to Win/Mac/NFS settings:
On the first tab, uncheck the first checkbox with Enable SMB2 and large MTU. This will stop the Apple from connecting with SMB2 (because it is turned off on the Synology) and happily use the former AFP protocol to do the backup.
Now my new Time Machine backup was finished in 5hrs over a lousy 801.11n WiFi connection. That is at least 18.9days quicker than before. I'll be putting that Airport Extreme on my wish list pronto!
I don't know what's happened, or what's changed. But all of a sudden I get 70% more page views on SimplyStats! Below are the last month sales figures from Apple iTunes Connect to show you I ain't faking this:
This is so freaking awesome! There is a bad side to this unfortunately. The more people use this app, the more queries I have to send to Google. Now Google data is free as long as you don't download too many. If I go above 50k queries per day I may have to start paying them a fee. If that happens there's little headroom for me to keep SimplyStats free.. I wish there was another way!
I got some cool stuff planned for 1.7. I expect it to be available by the end of April (if all goes well):
I've bit the proverbial bullet. Ye olde me is now on Twitter @SimplicateInfo.
Since the last patch of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2) I had some problems with my gmail in Apple Mail. I was constantly the following error:
Unable to receive mail. There may be a problem with the mail server or network. Verify the settings for account “gmail” or try again.
The solution was actually very easy.
Simplicate is no longer a weebly subdomain, but a full domain!
You can still use the old address. All your links will be automatically forwarded. But I suggest you update your links for the better.
The DNS change is still propagating, it could take up to 48 hours until simplicate.info is available throughout the world.
Wow. Design error. I never anticipated getting this many app views with SimplyStats. Over 1,000,000 views since it's first release!
Do you like the app? Do you feel anything is missing? Let me know and i'll try to include it in the next update.
For the translation of SimplyStats i am looking for a few volunteers who would like to translate a few strings from English into foreign languages like French, Italian, German, and if possible Chinese and Russian.
If like to help me with these (or other) languages check out these instructions, or contact me using the contact page with an email address that i can use to send you the details. Your help is much appreciated!
It's been a little quiet, but i've been really busy doing all sorts of stuff. I needed a little break from electronics (my mind was about to explode on the 4500x project) so i decided to pick up ye olde electronics hobby. The results (including some very old work) can be found on my SoundCloud profile:
I really hope you like my tracks. If you do, please 'like' them in soundcloud, or let me know in the comments below.
For a totally unrelated topic i was investigating developing software for mac os with Cocoa. It turns out to be surprisingly similar to developing iOS apps, with .xib's, controllers, IBActions and AppDelegates.
This could come in handy in the future!