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Olivier Travers

Internet publishing entrepreneur and long-term expat. Rants on software + content, self-ownership, eclectic music and more.

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Google Analytics Troubleshooting & Auditing Guide

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:11:33 +0000

Whether for my own sites or while consulting for other businesses, I’ve often run into a nagging feeling that the ubiquitous Google Analytics (GA) is not entirely properly installed, and... Read more »

On Game Tutorials, Or Any App Onboarding Really

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 14:23:44 +0000

Whether designing a computer game, a business app, or an API, the premise should be the same: people want to do stuff right away, not meander through attention-challenging learning that... Read more »

How to Watch Youtube in a Chromeless Browser Window

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:59:31 +0000

I wanted to have Bloomberg TV’s Youtube stream in a minimalist window and first tried the /embed/ trick, but publishers can disable their Youtube videos to work outside of Read more »

SaaS Integration: Multi-Step Workflows & The Category’s Future

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:28 +0000

Retrieving and remixing data from web APIs and SaaS through two or more steps is a decade-old idea, starting with Yahoo Pipes in 2007 if not earlier (screenshot above from Derek... Read more »

Saas Integration: Trends & Players

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:19:22 +0000

Note: entry originally published in November 2014, maintained regularly since then. By definition Software as a Service is easier to roll out than on-premises software because you don’t have to install... Read more »

Mount, Backup, Sync: Flexible Cloud Storage Options for Windows (Personal) Users

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:53:56 +0000

Cloud storage for consumers and small businesses (i.e. not enterprise) has “traditionally” been associated with the concept of syncing a dedicated local folder with the cloud, because it’s the way... Read more »

Combine PhpStorm with Browser Dev Tools on Windows For Top Productivity

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:07:07 +0000

Following my entries on PhpStorm and Docker, here are my notes on the state of browser dev tools. When working on a website, especially if you’re doing full-stack work that... Read more »

Robots Everywhere: Orchard Edition

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:19:12 +0000

You may think apple picking is the sort of task whose labor is inexpensive yet complex enough that it’s not worth automating. You’d be wrong. Abundant Robotics’ prototype is still slow... Read more »

How to Find & Open Any File In a Jiffy with Launchy + Everything + Dopus

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:51 +0000

Here’s a quick animated gif showing how I use Launchy to send scoped searches to Everything, leading to opening folders in Directory Opus or files in their associated app. To do... Read more »

Interesting Design Pattern: Content Organized by Date

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:24:37 +0000

I’ve noticed in several apps and sites lately that the way they organize content based on date metadata ends up being pretty convenient. What these apps have in common is that you... Read more »