Stop… review time!

Jan 10th, 2008 by Jared Schwager , ,

If you’re reading this, I appreciate the fact that you’re actually reading my blog as I haven’t updated it in a loooong time. Unfortunately, with my new work schedule at my new job and keeping up with school I just don’t have the time I used to.

Also, in my free time I’ve been writing hardware reviews over at my friend’s site, Tech Gear. Go ahead and check out my Antec notebook coolers review and my new Antec A/V Cooler review. I’ll continue to write reviews regularly over there, so if you miss me enough, you can hop over to Tech Gear and see what I’m up to until I post here again, which may or may not happen in the near future.

In other news, I finally got a MacBook and have been enjoying playing around with it. You’ll probably see many more Mac OS X tips and tricks on here than before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be doing Windows articles, just not as many. I’ll try my best to balance out all the Windows, OS X, and Linux articles I write.

That’s all for now!

And sorry to those of you who have been getting errors on my site. I completely forgot to re-activate all my plugins after updating WordPress.

Performancing pMetrics review

May 31st, 2007 by Jared Schwager ,

PerformancingUp until this point in time I have been using Google Analytics for statistics on my two websites. And although I’ve been somewhat happy with using Analytics, it just doesn’t seem to offer the right ingredients I’m looking for in a website statistics service. I’m also beginning to feel more uneasy about using Google’s products seeing as they have been buying one company after another and stashing even more of my personal information on their servers.

The reason I’m writing this review is to tell you about a great new website statistics service I found recently called pMetrics(aff). This service is run by Performancing, and if you’re in the blogging business you may be familiar with them.

My favorite feature about pMetrics which Google Analytics does not offer is the Spy view. In short, the Spy feature is a live view of any visitors who are currently viewing your website. The time this feature becomes most exciting to use is when your website is featured on the front page of Digg or Slashdot.

One of my biggest gripes about Google Analytics was that it wasn’t able to function with Javascript disabled. Luckily pMetrics is still able to function regardless of a user having Javascript disabled. Now I don’t need to worry about not being able to know when Steve Gibson reads my blog.

My next favorite feature is the Google Maps integration. I’m still scratching my head as to why Google hasn’t implemented their Maps service into Google Analytics. Nonetheless, pMetrics does a wonderful job of integrating Google Maps into their service. This is very helpful for quickly finding out where a majority of your traffic is coming from.

Instead of me explaining every single advantage pMetrics has over Google Analytics, you can check out the pMetrics comparison table.