Apple iPod Touch January Software Upgrade

On Saturday January 19th, 2008, in Technology, by Michael Watson
Cropped version of :Image:IPhone_Release_-_Seattle_(keyboard).Image via Wikipedia

Apple has added 5 new applications to the iPod touch software that can be activated through purchasing the January Software Upgrade from iTunes. The upgrade is $20. It adds the Mail, Google Maps, Weather, Stocks and Notes applications to your iPod touch just like the iPhone. Another feature that they have added is the ability to customize the home screen. You can rearrange the icons on the home screen and dock, create new home pages and also add icons with links to applications/ videos or other media.

I love my iPod touch but I definitely have a problem with buying frequent updates for my iPod touch after paying a premium in the first place. A benefit of software updates is on the original iPods, if they had a major software/hardware update, you couldn’t update the software but would have to buy the next generation. However this would allow Apple to release software updates just like a Mac’s operating system without the need of buying new hardware. I’ll have to admit, even though I was reluctant, I did purchase the update. Its nice to have mail, and especially Google Maps just in case. The only negative aspect is that you have to be connected to your router or another unsecured router in your area.


On Sunday July 29th, 2007, in Plugins, Web, Wordpress, by Michael Watson

FireStats is another great plugin I have installed in WordPress. It’s a great tool for showing page views. It breaks stats down into total pageviews and visits and then pageviews and visits from the last 24 hours. Then it displays information like referers, search terms, popular pages, browser and operating system info, and county data. Then the plugin displays information for each hit on your website. On the settings page you can exclude certain stats from known bots and ip addresses. You also have the option of installing firestats in a seperate database or adding it to another database so that you can manage stats for all your different blogs in one place. You may also install FireStats as a standalone php app, or for Django, Drupal, Gregarius, Joomla, MediaWiki, trac and WordPress.

To get the FireStats plugin..
FireStats Website (
Demo FireStats
FireStats Instructions
Download FireStats

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