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New Feature: Download Statistics
Posted by Nick on 29 December 1999, 23:23 GMT

In an instant message three or four days ago, I promised to a friend that there wouldn't be anything special for Y2K at ticalc.org.
Well, I'm a bad liar; we didn't expect this to be done so soon. :) We have a new feature for you folks here. On every directory page in our archives that contains files, there's a neat little box now that gives a brief overview of that directory's statistics. Number of files, total downloads, the date it was last updated and the most popular file in that directory are all listed. A sample box (from TI-86 Assembly Games) is shown below. Enjoy and have a happy, safe New Year's!

Archive Statistics
Number of files 145
Last updated Tuesday, 28 December 1999
Total downloads 715,755
Most popular file  ZTetris 86 v1.1 with 31,728 downloads.

 


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Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Daniel Huber  Account Info
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While this isn't a bad idea, I wish a comment board would be made available for all the programs in the archives (individual boards; one for each program), so that users could interact with each other and post "mini reviews" of those particular programs to warn others ahead of time that a program can crash their calc., or that it's the best program in its class, etc. This would save time in downloading and searching for just the right programs for our needs.

Plus, it's a convenient way for authors to see exactly what needs to be done to improve their program or what to fix in order to make the program better. That would be really cool!

     29 December 1999, 23:44 GMT


Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Vejita
(Web Page)

Erm..you noticed the load ticalc.org server has already? That would increase the size of the database and query load exponentially. Also...man, would it be hard to keep up with that many things, esp if you are the author with multiple programs or trying to keep up with many programs' progress. Think about it..a lot of discussion takes place on the already existing comment boards that encompasses programs, theory, etc. I forsee many confusing topic lines amongst the comment boards. That is all. Plus...i do believe the email for the author is REQUIRED unless its a group/company and they provide at least the web site.

-Corey

     29 December 1999, 23:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Daniel Huber  Account Info
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Maybe what I'd like to see is more reviews; I'm thinking of volunteering to handle some 86 programs (thinking, so no one jump the gun). It's just hard to know what you'll be getting and it can be frustrating when a program's hype lets you down, or that a program with little or no description turns out to be a winner, but you most likely would have passed it on for something with a description (a program with no description gives the impression of a lazy author who probably codes the same way).

I'm not complaining, but there's a lot of programs out there and if you really in search of something, it'd sure be handy to have a guide to help you along. Plus, there's seven alternatives to one program in some cases and it'd be nice to know which one tops the rest.

Worst part is, I want to see science and math reviews but some of the stuff is above my level of classroom experience so my feedback would be useless for some programs but I'd still like to see them get a chance.

     30 December 1999, 10:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
David Brubaker  Account Info
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If done properly, your idea could make it a lot easier for me to know what people think about my programs. Go for it!

     30 December 1999, 23:09 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
MicroLITH Account Info

Everything looks really mangled right now... Browsing
with Mosaic Netscape 0.9, what fun!

Anyways...

That's wonderful and all, but is it really useful,
aside from helping ticalc.org figure out what needs
more storage space?

BTW if this post looks f9xored up, it's because Mozilla 0.9 is really odd...

     29 December 1999, 23:50 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
ikecam  Account Info

The little page/magnifying glass icon is not only the wrong color, but it's also not a link. You guys might want to change that.

But it's cool anyway. :)

     30 December 1999, 00:04 GMT


Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
(Web Page)

We're on it. It will take a short while (I'm still working on the 6th hour of disaster recover on another one of our servers here, expect to be done at around 02:00, so it will probably not be until tomorrow).

     30 December 1999, 00:18 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Reno  Account Info

will this have more info than shown on the screenshot?

off topic-

do those usb-to-serial converters work with ti graphlinks?

     30 December 1999, 02:47 GMT

Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
amicek  Account Info
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I believe they do work with the graphlinks, I haven't tried it, though

amicek

     30 December 1999, 03:34 GMT


Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Philip Ringsmuth  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yep, they do. I've got an iMac, so we bought a KeySpan USB -> Serial converter. I use the Graph Link with it all the time.

-Fil

     30 December 1999, 06:40 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Alapanamo  Account Info
(Web Page)

>In an instant message three or four days ago, I promised to a friend that there
wouldn't be anything special for Y2K at ticalc.org.

Hmmm, when Christmas rolled around, I thought for sure ticalc.org would have a fake news item dealing with calculators and Christmas...somehow, someway. As long as you broke your promise, Nick, will we see a fake news item dealing with calcs and New Year's instead? :-) Come to think of it, I haven't seen a fake news item for a while...perhaps because so many people didn't like them? (no, I don't have fake news disabled)

Have a Happy Y2K everyone...hopefully when 2000 rolls in, your brand new TI-89 won't suddenly transform into a circa-1972 TI-2500 DataMath (see URL above). ;-)

     30 December 1999, 02:57 GMT

Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Cheetah  Account Info
(Web Page)

well, wouldn't a change from an 89 to a 2500 logically be an upgrade? :-)

     30 December 1999, 04:37 GMT

Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
agent00013
(Web Page)

hmmm... calculator's have come a long way, haven't they? Thanks for the new feature. It seems to me that it'll be more handy for the webmasters and newbies than for anyone else though. Like it's already been stated, a "Most Popular This Week" stat would be cool for each section.

     30 December 1999, 04:44 GMT

Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Ig0r  Account Info

Don't stand close to your calc at midnight on New Year's Eve.
It may emit showers of sparks and say, "Error.. Error," in a mechanical monotone.

:)

     30 December 1999, 14:42 GMT

Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Reno  Account Info

funny you mention 1972...that year's days will be the same as the year 2000's days. You should set all old vcr's and tv's to that date if you fear the hype bug :P

     30 December 1999, 17:02 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Alapanamo  Account Info
(Web Page)

Click on my URL above for more info on this "alleged" Y2K bug fix... ;-)

     30 December 1999, 19:48 GMT


Re: Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
Bryan Tran  Account Info

ti's don't even store dates- but hp's do, i think. maybe all the hp's will turn into 2500's

     30 December 1999, 23:53 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
rabidcow
(Web Page)

congratulations, that's completely useless.
i think it would be more useful for the top 10 or so programs to have a rank placed next to them, or have them show up at the top, or just have options to sort by date, popularity, name, etc.

     30 December 1999, 04:57 GMT

Re: New Feature: Download Statistics
ajorians  Account Info

This won't ever happen, but it would be fun to see the hosted sites rated, by most visited. Again, this will not ever happen.

     30 December 1999, 14:36 GMT

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