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Archive for March, 2008

17 brilliant 404 pages and why they are cool

When you end up following a dead or incorrect link or mistype a URL, you are likely to end up on a 404 error page. It doesn’t have to be a bad experience, though. We have prowled the web for funny and original takes on this classic error page. Here are 17 of the best. […]

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Next time your home or office has a blackout, there’s a good chance you can blame a squirrel. Tens of thousands of outages are caused every year by suicidal squirrels being where they shouldn’t be. Many power companies even place special “squirrel guards” on their equipment to try to diminish the problem. The squirrels either […]

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You good, our server provider not so good

We got this reply in our support inbox after having sent a customer a friendly email asking how things were going with his Pingdom account. He clearly got the gist of it, didn’t he? Uptime monitoring can reveal a lot, but we have never seen it boiled down to such a concise and to-the-point message […]

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5 geeky Easter eggs for Easter

In time for Easter we thought that we should list a few funny and geeky Easter eggs. Easter eggs in software don’t do anything good besides being funny which we of course like. So here we present a few selected ones that we think are funny. Mac OS X Leopard, Blue Screen of Death Start […]

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Apple Store status widget for Mac OS X

A month ago we released an Apple Store status banner that was powered by Pingdom’s uptime monitoring service. Anyone could put it on their website to show the US Apple Store status (up or down) in real time. The reason this is interesting is of course because Apple usually updates or releases new products in […]

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There has been a lot of talk about the decline of Apache’s dominance as a web server, with competition from IIS and other alternatives like Lighttpd, but Apache is still king of the hill when you look at the top 100 websites in the US. We here at Pingdom have noted a very wide range […]

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Switching web host can be a Good Thing

We found this on Flickr and simply had to share it with you. It’s a Pingdom response time graph for a user who switched web hosting provider, with quite a drastic effect on his load time. Courtesy of MellerTime at Flickr. Could the switch possibly have been around 4 p.m…?

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We decided to analyze how five of the most talked-about web hosting companies have grown over the last few years. The results are really interesting. Since we didn’t have inside information about these companies, we looked at the number of domain names on their DNS servers, and how these numbers have changed over time (from […]

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IT bigshots as you’re not used to seeing them

Some faces in IT we see over and over again. The media write about them practically every week. We figured we would show you some pictures you DON’T normally see. Linus Torvalds, Linux As you’re used to seeing him. Young Linus having a good time. (We skipped the one were his shirt’s gone off. No […]

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An open feature request to StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a great way to find interesting and fun material on the internet. However, just as with Digg, sometimes you land on pages that are either very slow or won’t respond at all, which can be very frustrating. So here is a suggestion that would make the stumbling even easier and more efficient: Automatically […]

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