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Cand am aflat ca o sa am o prezentare in Kenya am stat linisit: sigur se va anula. Timpul a trecut si chestiile au devenit serioase. A trebuit sa ma vaccinez, mi-am facut varianta completa de vaccinuri, 6 in total, insa tot speram ca se anuleaza.

Insa a venit inevitabilul: s-a confirmat si a trebuit sa plec. Habar n-aveam ce ma asteapta acolo si nici timp sa studiez n-am avut foarte mult, fiind super ocupat la birou. Si iata-ma plecat fara sa am nici macar un contact in Kenya. Mi-am dat seama de asta abia cu o zi inaintea plecarii, dar era duminica si n-aveam ce face. Am sunat la hotel si i-am rugat sa trimita masina sa ma ia.
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Dupa atatea postari tehnice cu doar cateva intruziuni, m-am hotarat sa scriu si impresii de calatorie… asa ca de azi lansez o noua categorie pe blog.

De ce? Super simplu: tocmai mi-am dat seama ca am vazut o multime de chestii pe care uneori n-am avut nici macar timp sa le spun familiei. Am vazut cea mai mare parte din Europa, cu cateva exceptii, plus US/California si Kenya. Am luat de atatea ori pulsul oraselor, tarilor si n-am bagat de seama. Dupa ce trece timpul amintirile se amesteca si e greu sa imi aduc aminte tot ce am trait in acel moment, asa ca impresiile trebuie scrise rapid !

Europe countries I visited so far

Tari din Europa vizitate pana acum

In drumul spre Africa am trecut peste Sahara si In acel moment adus aminte ca am vazut anul trecut si Groenlanda, si Mt. Blanc din avion si am uitat. Cine stie cand sau daca voi mai avea vreodata ocazia asta. Cati oameni nu vor vedea niciodata Kenya? Multi probabil… asa ca de ce nu spun niste impresii cinstite? O sa incerc sa nu amestec chestiunile de serviciu cu parerile personale despre locatii.

Asa ca stati pe faza pentru primul topic: Nairobi.

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I am a huge fan of Picasa, moved from Flickr due to their stupid limit of 200 photos in free accounts. After one and a half year of using Picasa Web, my web space reached its limit and I had to buy 10 GB of space for $20 per year (this was the cheapest option).

There was a post on Google blog saying they are now offering twice the space for quarter the price. I went immediately to my account and saw that I now have 80 GB of quota !!

… and the first option is to buy 20 GB for $5 ! Long live Google !


One funny thing here: check the “round” prices for bigger plans: $512, $1024, $2048…. 🙂

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I’m a constant user of Google Analytics. It’s a great piece of software with lots of useful reports, easy to read and to understand. However, I was never curious how far I can go with it.

Last week I had a discussion with someone in Oracle about Real-Time Decision (RTD) Server and Real User Experience Insight (RUEI), so I decided to find out first all the capabilities of Google Analytics.
After half of day of reading the course materials on Google Conversion University, I decided that a challenge might worth 50$, so I took the exam.

More than an hour later I passed the 70 questions exam, much difficult than I expected, with a score of 87%:
Google Analytics IQ - Andrei Daneasa

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