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Google Public DNS Servers

December 4th, 2009 No comments

In a quest to take over the Internet, Google has announced a new experimental public DNS resolver.  Obviously DNS a very important and fundamental piece of the Internet.  It does proper host to IP association, without it having domain names would be pointless and memorizing servers  by IP alone would be impossible.

So why Google is experimenting with DNS anyway?  The service itself is old enough to grandfather Google and many major ISPs have their own name servers which provide the service to it’s customers.  Google wants to make it public so that anyone can utilize it’s public DNS without having to rely on their own local and private providers.

In their own words….

We believe that a faster DNS infrastructure could significantly improve the browsing experience for all web users. To enhance DNS speed but to also improve security and validity of results, Google Public DNS is trying a few different approaches that we are sharing with the broader web community through our documentation:

The objective is to improve the speed, security and validity of queries.  To try out the experimental public DNS servers, visit http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using.html and try it out.

Google Public DNS IP addresses

The Google Public DNS IP addresses are as follows:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

If you’re running Linux, vi /etc/resolv.conf on your system and add the above 2 IPs and you should be set.

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Open source web analytics

October 26th, 2009 1 comment

I recently wrote an article on website analytics software and mentioned Google Analytics to be the best one out there. I still think Google Analytics is pretty good compared to many out there but the only thing I dislike about it is that it does not track site visits in real time and so there is a lag in time before you can see detailed analytical details of your website traffic and visitor information.

Well earlier today I came across an open source analytics software that visually is comparable with Google Analytics and that’s called Piwik.

Piwik is an open source (GPL license) web analytics software. It gives interesting reports on your website visitors, your popular pages, the search engines keywords they used, the language they speak… and so much more.

Piwik aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.  What does this mean to webmasters, online based businesses and everyone else?  It translated to great news as all it’s features are built inside plugins and a developer can make their own plugins for a specific purpose.   So if you wanted to alter the user interface, you can do so unlike with Google service.

What makes Piwik unique from the competition:

  1. Piwik’s features are built inside plugins: you can add new features and remove the ones you don’t need. If you are a developer, you can easily build your own web analytics plugins!
  2. You own your data: because Piwik is installed on your server, the data is stored in your own database and you can get all the statistics using open APIs (publishing the data in many formats: xml, json, php, csv)
  3. The user interface is fully customizable: you can drag and drop the widgets you want to display and create a report especially tailored to you!
  4. Real time web analytics reports: in Piwik, by default reports are generated in real time. For high traffic websites, you can choose the frequency for reports to be processed

Open source software gives the freedom to alter it’s original source into anything else that best fits it’s users.  If you want to learn more about piwik, visit their website here.

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