Sunday, December 27, 2015

Web Ripper / Web Automation / Web Scraper Comparison for 2015, With Pricing

Web Ripper / Web Automation / Web Scraper Comparison

Lately I've been messing around with web ripping more and more at my job, and I've started to get tired of the software we are currently using. I thought it might be a good idea to share my research into web rippers so far, since information online seems to be pretty sparse. Here is a quick breakdown of the different options I looked into.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Onyx Boox C67ML First Days (Rooting, Screensavers, Page Turning, and More)

Deciding on the Device

A few weeks ago I decided to get back into book reading; I've been taking the bus lately and need something to keep me occupied on my commute. I already own a Nook Simple Touch (original 2nd edition, e-ink), but I wanted an upgrade to an E-Ink device with a higher resolution screen, backlight, and a headphone jack, all while running Android, so I can use any app I want to.

The first device that came to my mind was the new(er) Nook Glowlight, but unfortunately, Barnes & Noble took everything that was great about the Nook Simple Touch (MicroSD slot, physical page turn buttons, etc.) and chose not to include it on the Glowlight. Thus, I continued my search, and finally stumbled on the Boyue and Onyx Boox lines of Android E-ink devices. After a whole bunch more research, I finally decided on the Onyx Boox C67ML. For a very reasonable price, it has everything that I want:

  • Physical page turn buttons
  • Built in light
  • High resolution E-Ink screen
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Runs Android
  • Wifi
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Onyx Boox C67ML Case:

I bought the Onyx Boox C67ML off Amazon, and quickly realized that I needed a case for it. Unfortunately, the cases that are specifically made for the device are pricey and not that great, so I looked elsewhere. I wanted something that matched the style of my Nook Simple Touch case; a book style case, with a magnetic closure, plus elastic bands to make placing and removing the device from the cover easy. After more searching, I finally found the Belkin Verve Tab Folio case (model number: F8N717Ttc00). The specific one I purchase is designed for a Kindle device, but it fits my Onxy Boox C67ML perfectly. Here is what it looks like.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fixing Google Analytics Mobile Tracking

I have started using Google Analytics on a few different websites recently, and I noticed that the real-time report, and even the regular reports, do not show traffic from my mobile device, only desktop traffic. At first I thought it must be Google's fault - after all, I implemented the code exactly as outlined in their directions. However, after getting nowhere after a few minutes of searching around for solutions, it dawned on me - it is because I use an adblocker on my Android phone! AdAway, the adblocker I use, modifies the host file on the Android OS to block incoming traffic from advertisers - unfortunately, it categorizes Google Analytics as an advertiser and blocks the tracking code from running. Under system/etc/hosts, this is reflected by these lines of code:

      127.0.0.1 analytics.google.com
      127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com



To solve this, there are a few different options: