n May 4, 6:15 pm, Dale Dunn < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:
Thanks to you (and others) for forgiving my delay.
Fortunately, this will be the last time I have to depend on someone
else to post stuff as it comes up - it took 150 hours to learn, test,
and rewrite, but now I am beholden to no one.
I like knowing that I can now post files whenever I get around to it
because... I felt weird being 36 and being completely oblivious about
what a lot of high-school students already know - how to do web
design. I am glad I finally had the impetus to take the plunge.
Plus., there are neat little tidbits in my archive of SWx tips that I
am itching to make available (after, of course, I am done with the
next trebuchet), so keep an eye out in June or July.
Note to others with websites: in my research, I wanted to install a
private counter of some kind so I could see if all the effort of
annotating these presentations was really worth it. I explored a
bunch of options, then in a snit over my ignorance of PHP and stuff
relating to the /cgi.bin, I just went with gooogle analytics, thinking
I could delete it whenever.
Google analytics: in a word- Woah. It rocks
I'm glad that Google has included in their business plan to 'do no
evil' because those folks, for free, can do amazing things. When they
decide to shift gears and take over the world, it is theirs for the
It has been a blast over the last 4 days watching the worldwide
distribution of the tutorials (overlaid on a map, no less!). Informed
only by this newsgroup (I have yet to post to other groups because,
frankly, this was my first group and will always be my sentimental
favorite. I hate that the conversation about SWx is now fractured
so), I have seen how widespread and numerous the lurkers on this group
For those wondering about how much their post to this group matters,
just consider this: only three people have responded to my post (which
is good - don't say anything unless you have something to add).
There was the expected distribution (based on language and on
posters): The States, UK, Australia, New Zealand. It was fun trying to
figure out which of the regulars downloaded from which hometowns - the
towns are available through google analytics.
But there were the surprises - for instance, until today, we had more
hits from Iran than from Canada - THAT I didn't expect. I'm glad that
the political BS (which I don't care for) goes to the wayside when it
comes to figuring out how we can all do our jobs better.
So hello to you all - Italy, Estonia, China, Indonesia, Mexico,
Thailand, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Poland, Ireland, Brazil, Japan,
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Israel,
Turkey, Germany, France, Croatia, and of course Canada and Iran, plus
any others I forgot to acknowledge.
It's good to know just how deep and diverse our lurker community
As a lurker these last few months, I can really appreciate that a post
here does go out to a number of folks, beyond the vocal 'usual
suspects' (and knowing the wide variety of folks who are benefiting
from comp.cad.solidworks, I should probably avoid using culturally
specific references in future posts like 'the usual suspects')
My eyes have been opened