Site(s) Statistics

Vysnu has caught up with Sig9 in terms of number of unique people visiting the site every day (more than 170, average). In terms of bandwidth usage, this blog consumes more than 12 MB a day, to Sig9’s 9 MB. Vysnu seems to have a greater number of broken links resulting in about 4200 404 errors last month to Sig9’s 3000 [many of these are mis-typed urls or some other user-error so it may not be accurate].

Another interesting tidbit… The most visited page on the site is not the home page, but a koal story: The Adventures of Me and Martha Jane, with more than 2300 clicks coming by lieu of Google Searches and external/internal referers. That’s how popular erotica is on the internet ;-). 40% of these users refer back to the home page, or to other pages inside the site, which means that it was not a bad marketing ploy… guess you have one of the answers on how to make your website more popular 😀

I’m also pretty proud of what Sig9 has achieved in the 10 months it has been online: many of the google searches that I do now frequently turn up Sig9 results, and the amount of specific and diverse content available on the site (mostly courtesy Vivek and Anoop) is amazing. A pat on the back is always nice, especially when you have to twist your arm to do it 😉

IE and compliance

You might want to take a look at the new Sig9 featured article I drew up, Making your Internet Explorer (more) Standards Compliant (sic).

I’m working on four different projects right now and one is soon to become mature; I’ll announce the status of that soon. Another one is of course LOBAglobal, which should see a minor increment very soon, and a good update through the next ten days. There is of course my mini-project for this semester and I’m slowly brushing up on my C++ skills to be up to speed with Vivek. And then there is another semi-secret project that’s been my baby for a week, whether the world will come to know of that is still being hotly debated =). Oh I so love being secretive 😉

Oh, there is also the matter of the books I’m reading… expect some updates on that front too.

Microsoft Visit

Do read my post about my Microsoft visit on the Sig9 techblog.

A few personal observations… The people skills of our contacts there was amazing, and somehow I can’t stress this enough. I haven’t met many people who could convert an unresponsive and lethargic crowd into interested listeners, and they did that well. Altho the Longhorn video helped a lot 😉

Two other things that I found personally interesting… they do coach people on their language when you join Microsoft, and part of that involves something called “mother-tongue stripping”. Unlearning can also be fun sometimes I guess =). Also, the ratio of male to female employees is something like 4:1, part of the reason (I was told) is that the Support Center work is often at night, and Indian women don’t work that hours.

This is a note to all ex-loyolites who stumble on this page.

As you may have heard on the LOBA e-newsletter, I’m taking over the LOBA web presence. On the cards is a rewrite of the code to make it XHTML and Mozilla-aware, minor tweaks to the interface, and much better innards. Post any suggestions that you may have here, or forward a mail to webmaster .AT. Although I won’t be aiming to bring about the radical change that Ashok and Abhishek brought out, it should be a steady evolution :-D.

Personally, I’m excited at the prospect because allows me to play over an SSH terminal, a luxury I don’t enjoy here. Once I figure out how to work the connection, I will be excited long enough to make interesting things happen.