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23 May

Looking For Trends? Got ‘Em Here!

Posted in Uncategorized on 23.05.15

Siwek says that in under five minutes, he had “a complete, fully detailed site report,” without hours of training or trying to decipher the interface.

Web Log Analysis function

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“You can’t rely on a hit counter to tell you any useful information about your Web site,” Siwek says. “Did an incoming browser hit your home page first or jump straight to another page within your site? How do you know? How do you quantify that traffic?”

WebTrends provides answers to those questions. The Web Log Analysis tools go through the IIS log files and create detailed profiles and analysis of your site’s usage. To run such a report, start WebTrends and click on the Web Log Analysis tab. You can modify an existing sample report, or click on the New icon to create a new report. Specify the location of the IIS log files, give the report a description, specify the URL for the home page, and the report is just about ready to go. You have several options to choose from, but the defaults are probably what you need.

Notice the combo box called Memorized Report Name. If you click on that, you can produce the report in HTML (the default), in a Microsoft Excel worksheet, a Microsoft Word document, or a plain text

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06 May

Some Great Tools To Manage Your Site With

Posted in Recommended Software on 06.05.15

sgtmysIf your site uses any JPEG graphics files, you should consider CyberView Image Pro 4.02. This handy utility lets you visually adjust the JPEG compression for your graphics files. Side-by-side examples of both the compressed and noncompressed image help you decide how much compression is acceptable. Too much compression brings the file size down but can blur the image. Too little compression keeps the image looking good, but may not reduce the file size enough for expeditious Web viewing.

This kind of side-by-side image comparison is available in some commercial image-editing programs, such as Adobe Systems‘ ImageReady and Ulead Systems’ PhotoImpact 4. However, CyberView Image Pro goes further than these programs by providing a more refined toolset. It has three sets of sliders, each with a separate adjustment for the luma (intensity) and chroma (color) components. The three sliders are Precision (which determines the accuracy of the compression process), Compression (which determines how much of the original image information is removed during the compression process), and Selective (which determines the compression values for a selected area of the image). A fourth slider, Smoothing, adjusts how much optimal noise is removed.

For those who want to delve even deeper into the intricacies of the program’s JPEG compression, CyberView Image Pro lets you

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27 Apr

Need Power – Get Fusion!

Posted in Recommended Software on 27.04.15

npgfWhen Fusion first arrived on the scene, NetObjects promised designers the kind of control over their Web sites that they had over print pages, but the company couldn’t deliver. Although version 2.0 made great strides, it’s only with version 3.0 that NetObjects has delivered a versatile Web development tool. Now sporting flexible page and site editors and strong support of Dynamic HTML features, Fusion has come of age.

Ahead of Its Time

Fusion’s pasteboard has always been one of the program’s killer features. With a pasteboard-layout metaphor, you create complex Web pages simply by dragging and dropping text and images on a page. Fusion generates the HTML code when you’re ready to put your page on the Web.

Previous versions of Fusion use complicated grids to replicate a user’s designs within the limitations of HTML. You can now also choose to use Layers, a new feature supported in version 4.0 and later browsers, to draw pages without the hidden complexity of grids. (The older, table-based system remains if you need compatibility with older browsers.) Fusion

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17 Apr

Too Much Traffic? Use This…

Posted in Uncategorized on 17.04.15

tmtMany of the shutdowns and other problems that electronic commerce Web sites experienced during the recent holiday season could have been avoided if developers had been able to effectively test the ability of their applications to handle heavy traffic.

Using WebLoad 3.0, released last month by RadView Software Inc., we could test any Web application to see how it handles high levels of traffic and also check its ability to meet necessary performance goals. Prices for WebLoad start at $4,000 for 100 virtual clients, which is on par with most of its competitors, although basic performance testing tools are available for free.

Nevertheless, WebLoad’s easy-to-use test script creation capabilities and powerful and flexible performance testing features make it well worth paying for. WebLoad 3.0 is one of the best Web server and application testing tools we’ve seen and earns an Analyst’s Choice designation.

By focusing on the performance of Web applications such as e-commerce stores, WebLoad also fills an important need that has gone mostly unmet by competing testing tools. Rival products either

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02 Apr

Supply Chain Management Maximizes Sweet Efficiencies

Posted in Uncategorized on 02.04.15

By now, the supply-chain metaphor is a familiar one. It helps us visualize the coordinated flow of goods and information, from raw materials through to the end user.

scmThe supply-chain metaphor also signifies interdependence. If any single link is missing or weak, the supply-chain effort becomes ineffective or may even fail. From a conceptual viewpoint, therefore, it’s hard to say that any one function or link is more important than another. In practice, however, certain functions have an exceptionally strong impact on the success of a company’s supply-chain program.

One of those areas is purchasing. Purchasing professionals are on the “front lines” of supply-chain management. Their position at the top of the chain – linking manufacturer and supplier – is crucial to the success of the manufacturer’s relationship with its customers down the line.

“If you look at supply-chain management from a holistic point of view, purchasing is where the rubber hits the road;’ says Greg Cudahy, associate partner

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25 Feb

Tagging Garbage Has Saved Landfill Owners Millions

Posted in Uncategorized on 25.02.15

The “pay as you throw” age is here as variable rate programs continue to gain momentum across the country, with some areas reducing disposal tonnage by 40 percent. More than 1,000 communities are expected to adopt a variable rate program in 1994.

rftAccountability for trash at the collection point is imperative in any variable rate program or pay-by-weight systems. Radio Frequency Identification (RF/ID) technology answers the problems of accountability for such rate programs. Each resident has one or more roll out carts installed with a transponder or “tag” that contains a unique identification number. This number correlates with a profile on the cart customer which is located in the city database. Profiles can contain information such as name, address, size and color of the cart, rate collection and a chronological history of collection and maintenance over a period of time.

A truck equipped with a transponder reader system automatically reads the transponder when the cart is emptied. A date and time is assigned at the instant each cart is read and sent with the ID to the onboard computer, which the stores the daily route data and batch loads it to the city database at the end of the day or the information can be sent via modem the truck to the city database.

Once the route information is in the main

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