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Archive for January, 2007

Making phpPgAdmin play nice with large PostgreSQL databases

The development team behind Pingdom is also responsible for Ipwalk, a service that keeps track of name server statistics (Ipwalk was recently mentioned in Phil Wainewright’s ZDNet SaaS blog). Needless to say, keeping track of all the name servers on the Internet takes up a lot of space, and we use PostgreSQL databases to store […]

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Are hosted applications the future?

Hosted applications have been gaining a lot of popularity lately. The term everyone is using for this way of delivering software is SaaS, Software as a Service, which was definitely one of the big buzzwords of 2006. There are plenty of examples, such as Google Docs & Spreadsheets, 37signal’s Basecamp,, not to mention the […]

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Linux topping downtime league this month

We had a look at the websites of some of the more famous OS developers, namely Microsoft, Apple, Sun, FreeBSD, Red Hat and Ubuntu. So, how are they doing, downtime wise? Downtime so far in January (URLs link to the downtime report pages for the websites): Website Downtime 2h 30 min 1h 59 […]

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How to make sure your blog survives the Digg Effect

On January 20, our article Where NOT to keep your servers according to Mother Nature hit the number one spot on the front page of Digg. Looking at the bandwidth graph below, you can clearly see the traffic spike when we hit the first page of Digg. Or perhaps we should say when Digg hit […]

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Where NOT to keep your servers according to Mother Nature

If Mother Nature has anything to say, there simply are some places where you shouldn’t place a data center. Do you really want to have your servers where there is a high risk of earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes? We didn’t think so… It seems that the U.S. is “blessed” not only with large areas where […]

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Pingdom alerter best new mashup at Programmable Web

John Musser’s excellent Web 2.0 resource Programmable Web (with 1,452 mashups listed!) has included the Pingdom API system tray alerter among its Best New Mashups. The Pingdom API allows anyone with a Pingdom account to access all of his/her uptime monitoring data. We previously dedicated a full blog entry to the Windows system tray alerter […]

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Pingdom gets thumbs up from Web developers

The Web developers at Project83 have given Pingdom a glowing review in their blog. These are just a few snippets from what they had to say about us: Although I work on the web, over the years there have been very few web applications that have truly become instrumental to the way we do business. […]

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Pingdom expanding – looking for more staff

Pingdom is currently looking for a skilled Web programmer and a technical support person to join our growing number of happy campers. We are looking for the best of the best. A formal education is less important than real passion, knowledge, creativity and skill. Since we are located in central Västerås, Sweden, you need to […]

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Latest in marketing – The Hypno Banner!

The Big Brains in our marketing department here at Pingdom have devised the ultimate marketing tool. We present… The Hypno Banner! Can you feel it? The almost irresistible need to buy buy buy? As you know we are growing fast, and this may very well be why. Not only that, we are thinking about using […]

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iPing, and it’s not from Apple!

Well, if Apple can do it with iPhone, iMac, iPod, iEverything, so can we. Something sleek, something white, something Cisco doesn’t like. “What about iPing?” we thought. The name has a nice ring to it. And most important: it starts with an i! But wouldn’t you know, it’s already taken. So our iPing Apple-meets-Uptime plan […]

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