Nov 17, 2005

Robo Form - Best password manager and web form filler

RoboForm is one of the tools that I use the most on a dayily basis. Why?
Well there are several reasons here:

  1. It is the best password manager and web form filler

  2. It saves me time because I don't have to fill in manually login details

  3. I have more free memory space because I don't have to remember any login details (this doesn't mean I think less ;) )

  4. It integrates perfectly with my favourite browser (not FireFox, but Maxthon)

  5. It is FREE




Now, some of the features Robo Form has:

  • Memorizes your passwords and Logs You In automatically.

  • Fills long registration and checkout forms with one click.

  • Encrypts your passwords to achieve complete security.

  • Generates random passwords that hackers cannot guess.

  • Fights Phishing by filling passwords only on matching web sites.

  • Defeats Keyloggers by not using keyboard to type passwords.

  • Backs up your passwords, Copies them between computers.

  • Synchronizes passwords between computers using GoodSync.

  • Searches for keywords in your passwords, notes and Internet.

  • Portable: Pass2Go RF runs from USB key, no install needed.

  • PDA-friendly: sync your passwords to Pocket PC and Palm.

  • Neutral: works with Internet Explorer, AOL/MSN, Firefox.


If I didn't convince you, then download RoboForm and test it for yourself.

Now, their licensing system sounds like this: for 30 days you can use it both for personal and business and with all the features you'll need; after 30 days it's free only for personal use and you have restrictions to 10 passwords and 2 identities. If you'll order Robo Form Pro it will cost you $29.95.

P.S. There is one tiny thing that bothers me about RoboForm: it doesn't integrate with Opera and they don't even plan to integrate it. Why? I really don't know. Guess they're not so neutral after all.

Nov 14, 2005

Google Analytics, almost here

Google Analytics is another free service offered by big G.

Google Analytics

The announce was posted this morning (at 6 a.m.?! - do these guys sleep) on the official Google Blog but they are having some problems since I tried 2 times already and right at the final step I get:
We're upgrading accounts. Please come back later.
Thanks for stopping by. We are currently migrating existing customers to the newly improved Google Analytics service. This process will be completed later this afternoon. Please come back then to sign up for Google Analytics.

So the question is "moving which customers?". Well Google acquired Urchin Software a while ago and in a first step lowered the monthly cost of the hosted web analytics service, Urchin On Demand, from $495 to $199. Today, Google renamed Urchin under the name Google Analytics and made it available to everyone for free.
Way to go Google, thank you for all the gifts. By the way, this Chrystmas you can Give the Gift of Google, meaning put on a cd the free programs Google has to offer and send it to your friends.

One more thing, before signing up with Google Analytics, read a little more on the agreement you accept. Just an excerpt:
FEES AND SERVICES. Subject to Section 15 herein, the Service is provided without charge to You for up to 5 million pageviews per month per account, and if You have an active Adwords campaign in good standing, the Service is provided without charge to You without a pageview limitation.

Google may change its fees and payment policies for the Service from time to time including but not limited to the addition of costs for geographic data, the importing of cost data from search engines, or other fees charged to Google or its wholly-owned subsidiaries by 3rd party vendors for the inclusion of data in the Service reports. The changes to the fees or payment policies are effective upon Your acceptance of such changes which will be posted at www.google.com/analytics (or such other URL Google may provide from time to time). Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Any outstanding balance becomes immediately due and payable upon termination of this Agreement for any reason and any collection expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by Google will be included in the amount owed, and may be charged to the credit card or other billing mechanism associated with your Adwords account.

So, why free from almost a $200 fee? Well they promote this way Google AdWords, they make this a popular service and who knows, maybe they'll create a paid account too (somewhere under $20). Nobody said that maybe they use these statistics too ;).

[Update]
Well right after I installed the JavaScript code on a website I tried clicking on Check Status and I still got that message "Tracking Unknown. The Google Analytics tracking code has not been detected on your website's home page. For Analytics to function, you or your web administrator must add the code to each page of your website."
The thing is that now, almost a week after, I still get that error message. So I wrote and ask the support team, and their answer was:

- The "Check Status" feature is currently not accurate. If you added the code to your pages correctly, then we are collecting data. You can make sure by seeing if your site has set "_utm" cookies in your browser.

- If your reports aren't currently populated, they will be as soon as the next processing run is complete. We process every 24 hours.

- You may see some reports within a profile before others. We're populating reports like this to get you as much information as soon as we can. If you see this, rest assured that all applicable reports will show data soon.

- Once we catch up with the data for your account, you'll see new reports every 24 hours.


And this is true, the reporting works but that Check Status feature doesn't. Just ignore that button if you're installing Google Analytics.

[Update 2]
Hello Google Analytics User,

This is a quick update to address some issues you may be seeing
in your Google Analytics account and what we're doing to respond.

First, due to extremely high demand, we've temporarily limited
the number of new signups as we increase capacity. This allows
us to focus on our primary objective--to provide a great user
experience for our existing users.

Next, here is current information on the most common questions
we're receiving:

1. The 'Check Status' button is being reworked to check for
properly installed tracking code. This should be fixed by the
end of November.

2. The '+Add Profile' link has been temporarily removed until
we increase capacity. We'll alert all current users when the
feature is restored.

3. While we increase capacity, you may see longer than normal
delays in data showing up in your reports. All data continues
to be collected and no data has been lost.

For additional help with your Google Analytics account, we
encourage you to browse or search our online Help Center at
http://www.google.com/support/analytics?hl=en.

Thanks for your patience as we improve Google Analytics and add
resources to ensure a high-quality service.

Sincerely,

The Google Analytics Team

Nov 12, 2005

BlogSearch Google Service

BlogSearch is a new service from Google (beta yet). As the name suggests it searches through blogs. It's the same simple Google interface (almost) but with a Find blogs on your favorite topics slogan (I really think they could have picked a better one).

Blog Search Google

On their frequently asked questions section there are some interesting details, like how you can submit your blog to Google BlogSearch if it just had been lauched. Read this selection or the whole Google Blog Search Help if you want:
What is Blog Search?

Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you're looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results; and you can search not just for blogs written in English, but in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and other languages as well.

How do I find Blog Search?

There are a few different ways you can get to Blog Search:

blogsearch.google.com (Google-style interface)
search.blogger.com (Blogger-style interface)
The Blogger Dashboard
The Navbar on any Blog*Spot blog

It's the same search in each place, no matter how you get to it. The Navbar, however, provides two buttons: one to search the blog you are currently viewing, and one to search all blogs.

Which blogs are included in Blog Search?

The goal of Blog Search is to include every blog that publishes a site feed (either RSS or Atom). It is not restricted to Blogger blogs, or blogs from any other service.

How do I get my blog listed?

If your blog publishes a site feed in any format and automatically pings an updating service (such as Weblogs.com), we should be able to find and list it. Also, we will soon be providing a form that you can use to manually add your blog to our index, in case we haven't picked it up automatically. Stay tuned for more information on this.

What search operators are supported?

All of the standard Google Search operators are supported in Blog Search. These include:

link:
site:
intitle:

Additionally, Blog Search supports the following new operators of its own:

inblogtitle:
inposttitle:
inpostauthor:
blogurl:

For example, a search such as [mandolin inpostauthor:Graham] will show you posts about mandolins written by people named Graham. Note that you can also use the Advanced Search option to achieve the same effect.

Related links:
Google Blog Search
Blog Search
Google Blog Search (Google Weblog)
Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search