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Archive for April, 2007

There is no “in the middle of the night” on the web

One of the best things about the web is that it’s global, but this can also be a great challenge for webmasters. When you want to do maintenance on your website, you have to keep in mind that it’s always daytime somewhere. As the saying goes, the web never sleeps. Let’s take an example. 2 […]

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Top 20 DNS server map shows US internet dominance

The US has long held a dominating position in the web hosting industry. One way to examine this is to look at which DNS servers hold the most domain names. It turns out that 16 of the 20 largest DNS servers in the world are located in the US. Aside from the US, only Germany […]

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Faster report pages are on the way

We are growing fast. It’s pretty safe to say that we are growing faster than any other uptime monitoring company in the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this has a side-effect: The huge increase in users has made our report pages (especially the monthly report pages) slower than they should […]

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Ubuntu website unable to handle demand for new version

The Ubuntu website has been unresponsive most of the day so far. This coincides with the highly anticipated release of the new Ubuntu 7.04 (April 19). It seems that Ubuntu has underestimated the demand for the new version. Traffic should increase even more as day time in USA arrives and even more people try accessing […]

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Wikipedia uptime improving in 2007

Wikipedia is on a roll. After a sometimes rocky uptime record in 2006, the online encyclopedia has only collected a total of 2 hours and 33 minutes of downtime so far in 2007. Wikipedia is the 8th most popular website on the internet according to Alexa. Judging by its immense growth in traffic it looks […]

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Four million days of website downtime in March 2007

In March 2007 there were 51.3 million active websites according to Netcraft. The average downtime for a website in March was 1 hour and 59 minutes, based on a selection of over 2,000 websites monitored by Pingdom GIGRIB. If you put those two numbers together, you get a pretty amazing figure. Those 51.3 million websites […]

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News on the net – Oily servers and iPhones

Here are some recent interesting tidbits from around the web. They cover everything from servers submerged in oil (hopefully not for frying purposes), to MySpace drama and web 2.0 speculation. And of course Google had to show up. Don’t they always? Data Center Knowledge: Bathtub computing enters server halls Servers in oil sounds like something […]

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FedEx still faster than the internet

When you need to transfer very large amounts of data over the internet, sooner or later you will hit a limit where it will actually be faster to send that data on disks over regular mail (often called sneakernet). Internet transfer rates are simply not enough for large data sets. Imagine a company with two […]

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Domain name price increase worth $186 million to Verisign

Verisign, the company that manages the .com TLD, has finally announced the first of their 7% price increases on .com domain names. On October 15, the price for a .com domain name will increase from $6 to $6.42. Their contract with ICANN allows Verisign four such price increases over six years. This will be the […]

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Create an irresistible free trial for your web app

Sam Nurmi, our CEO, has written a feature article for the highly respected web industry magazine Vitamin titled Create an irresistible free trial for your app. If you’re about to create a trial option for your web service, or you have a free trial that isn’t performing as well as you’d like, this is definitely […]

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