Next week’s reading list

I’m off to mainland Europe for 4 days next week (work related), and have decided that my commuting and ‘bored in the hotel’ time will be spent reading the following books, that I’ve not yet had a chance to get around to:

I doubt very much that I’ll manage all 4 over the 4 nights, but I will give it a try(!)

Have you read any of these?

If you’ve read any of these books please let me know what you thought of them. I’ll share my feedback in due course.


Wanted: Mailbox activity tool


I’m hoping that someone out there can help me find a tool or script that can show me ‘mailbox activity’.

In a nutshell, what I want to be able to do is:

  1. ‘Tell’ the script/tool which mailbox I want it to scan.
  2. The script runs and provides a histogram (or table – not fussed) of activity over time, so I can see where there have been more (or less) emails in and out that I’ve filed in that mailbox.

Environmentally, I’m interested in having this for Apple’s Mail application, running on an IMAP mail box. (So the script would probably have to talk to the IMAP server, as not all emails are necessarily available on the computer.)

I’ve tried a web search, but ‘mail activity’ tends to bring back a lot of noise and no substance.

Can anybody out there help me? Please leave a comment.

Ady stats. What’s going on?

Yesterday, I tweeted a twitpic of some weird stats from my account. It wasn’t the first time I’d encountered this anomaly, but the first time I’d bothered to mention it in public. To be honest, I thought that I must be mis-understanding the information somehow.

So here’s the deal. When you have a account, you get an ‘Analyze’ page that shows you lots of information, including a bar chart of clicks over time. You can select a bar in the chart and it drops down the details for that bar. See the screenshot, below.

What I don’t understand is how I can have had 2 clicks on 7 links. I mean, if there’s been 2 clicks they can, at most, be clicks on 2 links, surely? So either I don’t understand what “2 Clicks on 7 Links” means, or it’s wrong. I’m happy if it’s the former, but not if it’s the latter.

Has anyone else seen this? Do you know what it’s all about?

Screenshot of my stats today

Screenshot of my stats today