2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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Cyrillic displays as question marks in Flickr Stats

Now Flickr has completely broken its stats page: only search requests in English are displayed correctly.

I posted a discussion to the Flickr help forum:

Recently all the search queries in Russian started to show as question marks in Flickr Stats:
Question marks instead of Russian words at Flickr Stats page

Why do I think it’s Russian text that hides beneath question marks? Because it happened before, last year in August. Before August 2013, the stats showed Russian queries, and then they became a mojibake. But at least it could be decoded.

I wrote about this problem to technical support with detailed explanation of what I see. They were keen to resolve login issues which I didn’t have. I explained what was my problem once more, and I have never heard from them again.

Now the stats has become completely broken. The question marks can’t be decoded to anything useful.

Could this problem be fixed, please?

Thank you,
Alexey.

However I have no hope…

A user shared a link to the earlier discussion: BUG: Stats page not displaying correct Big-5 fonts (Traditional Chinese). It describes the same issue I blogged at Mojibake at Flickr. There was also a possible fix suggested. Yet no action has been taken by Flickr devs. They’re too busy creating new UI for viewing photos… Who cares if an old (paid) feature is broken?! Anyway everyone speaks English.

I’ll wait a little… And next week I’ll contact technical support.

Automation

Automation

It’s so true :))

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Fanatic

Today I’ve earned my first gold badge at Super User:  Fanatic for visiting the site each day for 100 consecutive days.

Alexey Ivanov's profile at Super User

Reputation 5050

On March 11, 2013, my reputation at Stack Overflow reached 5 thousand. This week it became 5,050:

Stack Overflow flair with 5,050 reputation

It was gratifying that latest upvotes were to old answers from 2011.

While I was planning to write this post, my two answers brought in addition +20 points to reputation. So at the moment of this writing, my reputation is 5,070.

Up to now, I’ve earned at Stack Overflow:

  • 2 gold badges,
  • 6 silver badges,
  • 21 bronze badges.

Clock went forward one hour, or did not

This night most of Europe has adjusted clock one hour forward, and has entered Daylight Saving Time.

But Russia has not done it this time. As of last autumn, Russia does not observe DST any more. Moscow stays at UTC+4.

So check your clocks show the correct time.