Microsoft Patents The Sudo Command

November 12th, 2009 Comments
USPTO Logo

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently granted Microsoft a patent on a “personalized version” of the sudo command with GUI. Sudo is a command that has been in use since 1980′s or even before by Unix and other operating systems to allow running other commands with elevated privileges. For one, why would Microsoft try to patent something like this? Secondly, does USPTO grant patents on anything you ask them for? Read more…

Google Wave – A Slow Death to E-mail?

August 13th, 2009 2 comments
Google Wave

Google Wave – a game changer that will change the very fundamentals of communications and collaboration over Internet as we know it today. If this technology takes off, as I believe it will, tools like e-mail and IM that we have grown to love and depend upon will gradually cease to exist. Other collaboration tools such as discussion forums, social networking, and blogging tools will change dramatically.

If you have not done so yet, checkout the Google Wave preview video here.

Book Review – Web Analytics: An Hour a Day

July 7th, 2009 1 comment
Web Analytics An Hour A Day

It’s not what product you use to collect and analyze web site usage data.  It’s not about counting the page views, click-throughs, unique vistors, or hits.  It’s not even about pretty pie charts, bar graphs, or heat maps.  What web analytics is about is the “process” to collect and analyze usage data in order to gain solid, actionable insight into your customers.  This insight when used properly can easily translate into significantly higher conversion rates. Read more…

5 Essential Web Analytics Tools To Drive Up Your Bottom-line

July 6th, 2009 4 comments
Web Analytics

Web analytics is the science of collecting and analyzing your web site usage data so that you can optimize your site for best results. For example, if you analyze the click behavior of your web site users, you can learn how to best place links on your site to encourage most sales. Similarly if you learn about the demographics of your users, you can target marketing campaigns to those demographics that yield most results.

There are several tools that can be used for web analytics. Some of these are paid, while others are free. Below I will discuss some of the most useful tools available. Read more…