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You should have an internal dashboard, even if you're not absurdly artsy Mac developers who can afford a flatscreen monitor to showcase it to anybody in the office. You can have v1.0 ground out in an hour or two -- take your MVC framework of choice, make a single page behind authentication, set that as your homepage or etc -- and it will pay dividends for the rest of your business' life.

It is absolutely absurd how much extra value-producing work you'll get done if tasks which routinely take you 10 minutes take 5 minutes and tasks which routinely take you 2 minutes just don't happen.

If you need some inspiration on what to put on it, I have an article on the topic somewhere... Here we go. http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/02/09/dashboard-design-for-met...

I second that motion. Go to Fry's, spend $200 on a micro-ATX form factor barebones machine and an LCD screen, mount it to the wall, put ubuntu on it and autostart a browser primed for use with the Google Chart API and meta-refresh.

I generally prefer to get my reports by e-mail because I already have a filtering system in place for critical/urgent/useful/noise. It stops me sitting there hitting refresh on a web page to check my stats every 45 seconds.

If you are using Django you can get your daily/hourly reports that way pretty easily - set up a cron job to call something based on this...


from django.core.management import setup_environ

from datasvcs import settings


from django.core.mail import send_mail

from django.contrib.auth.models import User,Group

from yourapp import models

# Do model query magic here - compile report as a string.

send_mail('Daily report',report-text,'reports@domain.com',['reportdestination1@domain.com'])

It stops me sitting there hitting refresh on a web page to check my stats every 45 seconds.

Smart man. Aside from customer support information, everything on my dashboard is cached for 24 hours. I do this specifically because I used to waste far, far too much time sitting on Google Analytics mashing refresh. Mashing refresh on the dashboard just shows me the same thing I saw that morning. (I have a URL available which forcibly purges the cache, but it requires me to type in something like i-have-nothing-more-important-to-do-than-this in my URL bar. I think I've used it maybe twice.)

Yeah, I do that w/ email too, v. simple & useful panic board.

We must be twins! I too suffered from a wow addiction for the numbers. I too spent countless hours browsing tabs of adsense, adwords, analytics, affiliates, and merchants! Only thing is, you've one upped me and made a smashup to save time. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to try and work on something like this. Small, efficient, and maybe talking to my arduino to display on a lcd!

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