Thursday, August 16, 2012

Google Analytics for Android

There are actually 2 versions of the SDK:

- For the V1 read the official documenation at https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/android/devguide
My experience/advise after you read the official documentation:
1. Download the source code of the EasyTracker library, not the .jar file. Why? because maybe you would want to debug it, etc.
2. Import into your IDE the source code of EasyTracker as a Project and add the googleanalyticslib.jar to this project. Make this project an Android library and reference it from your App project.
3. Note that you must specify the settings as a ressource under you values folder. The readme file tells you about the variables that can be set and the data type, be sure to use <bool> and not <string> for boolean values, otherwise the settings will not be apllied.
4. If you want to track an activity you only need to extend the class from TrackedActivity or TrackedListActivity. For MapActivity create a class by yourself with the name MapTrackedActivity, and copy/paste the code from TrackedActivity.
5. Make sure to set <bool name="ga_auto_activity_tracking">true</bool> otherwise only the visits to your app will get tracked but not each activity.
6. On GoogleAnalytics under Content->Overview you can see a report about the activities being visited.

- The V2 of the SDK will merge the EasyTracker and googleanalytics libs. An extra .xml file will be used to set the settings and the analytics website will be customized for Apps, and not only for websites like now.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Clonezilla cloning fully unattended

(Updated 24 August 2012) Clonezilla full automated cloning with a bootable USB-Stick. Tutorial with deep explanation.
At the end 0 Steps are required to clone a hard disk.

Clonezilla unattended.pdf

Let me know if you have something to add, if I missed something or if it is working well for you!

Unattended software installation/deployment

(Updated 07 July 2012) How to deploy/install silently and unattended Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java, BGInfo, VLC Player, IZarc, 7Zip, Silverlight, Synedra, Oracle 6i & K.I.S. and Quicktime.

Unattended software installation-deployment.pdf 

Let me know if you have something to add, if I missed something or if it is working well for you!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Previews in the IT World

After testing the CP of Windows 8 today, I confirm the many opinions found around that it is confusing, I was not positive impressed by it in any way. I expect it impresses me in the final version, and it is not like Vista was. I do not support the idea, that so many in the IT world have, to show a "preview" of what is coming, whatever the marketing or economic reasons they have. For IT specialists its ok, but from a consumer point of view, reading stuff about previews, does not bring something to my life and it kills the WOW effect that could happen if it is presented spontaneously at a random day, like Apple does. I am not an Apple fun, but there are things that Apple does, which concord with my philosophies.