SPUG: Another program head scratcher

Chris Wilkes cwilkes-spug at ladro.com
Sat Jul 13 16:54:43 CDT 2002

On Sat, Jul 13, 2002 at 02:37:15PM -0700, Tom Legrady wrote:
> And, of course, duplicate IPs widely  separated in time are 
> probably different people. When you log on to your AOL, 
> you get an IP number. When you log out, the number is 
> used for some new login. Even with DSL or cable model, 
> you only have an IP number for a period of time. Then you 
> have a different IP number, and someone else has the 
> number you had. 

AOL's web traffic goes through their couple dozen proxy servers, which
means that if you just look at IP and time you'll think that there is
one AOL user hitting your site continuously when it is really tens of

What's Sue's goal in this again?  Is it to get a count of the number of
users hitting her web page?  If so then she might want to incorporate
cookies on the web server or sending new users to a querystringed page,
like "/index.pl?4ljkrw309ds" and counting all those unique hits.


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