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    Logging other than IP

    Lets say I want to log my visitors who are visiting my site and make it as accurate as possible. IP is out of the question because of dial up users so I'm interested in knowing if its possible to use another method like searching for a users MAC Address or some other system Identifer that changes little to non. Is this possible in PHP? How about JavaScript, I know JS can get a lot of information about the client but something that would identifer one box from another?
    Mirrors are more fun than television.

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    Wink Cookies.... (chocolate chip anyone?)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLizardKing
    Lets say I want to log my visitors who are visiting my site and make it as accurate as possible. IP is out of the question because of dial up users so I'm interested in knowing if its possible to use another method like searching for a users MAC Address or some other system Identifer that changes little to non. Is this possible in PHP? How about JavaScript, I know JS can get a lot of information about the client but something that would identifer one box from another?

    That is what cookies are for. When someone visits your site, you check for a cookie with their unique identifier. If they don't have one, you assign a unique identifier and set the cookie. Every time they visit, the cookie gets checked and you can count how many cookies you have and when they get checked.
    Don't follow in my footsteps because I run into a lot of walls.
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    Ok Thats a way i'll have to look into but is there any other way?
    Mirrors are more fun than television.

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    Not really.

    MAC addresses can be changed too.


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