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Archive for April, 2008

Africa’s internet still VERY far behind

You don’t hear much about the state of the internet in Africa, so we here at Pingdom decided to find out how Africa’s internet is doing. We looked at data traffic and internet penetration (how many in the population have internet access), and came up with some very interesting numbers. Bandwidth (traffic) Internet exchange points […]

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Slashdot down for more than 5 hours

For more than five hours today the so-called Slashdot effect was completely absent on the internet. Why? Because Slashdot.org, the extremely popular technology news website that inspired Kevin Rose to create Digg, was according to our monitoring unavailable from 09:38 CET this morning (03:38 US EST) and only came back up a few minutes ago […]

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Versions of Google Search you never knew existed

Google Search has been localized to a lot of languages. And with a lot, we mean A LOT. Aside from languages like Swahili, Tamil, Twi, Scots Gaelic, Gujarati, Sesotho, Uighur and many more, Google Search has taken localization one step further by even including fictional languages: Leetspeak Google Search in Leetspeak. Klingon Google Search in […]

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First ever hacker attack to cause physical harm

The first hacker attack ever to cause physical harm to its victims may have taken place this year. It happened over the Easter weekend, but barely got mentioned around the web, which is surprising. Maybe it happened too close to April Fool’s Day for journalists to believe it was for real. Here’s what happened: Hackers […]

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Nine things you didn’t know about search engines

We take search engines for granted these days. They exist because they have to. Without them, going through and finding relevant information in the millions and millions of pages that exist on the web would be an almost impossible task. For example, it would have been extremely time-consuming for us here at Pingdom to put […]

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Pingdom recently developed a custom status website for the Swedish web hosting company Binero. It’s basically a WordPress plugin, fully skinnable, which shows the current status of all servers and services of the web hosting company, as well as the uptime history for all services. The different services are categorized and grouped, and tech support […]

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Google domain names – the funny, strange and surprising

Google owns a whole bunch of domain names other than the obvious ones like google.com, blogger.com and gmail.com. We here at Pingdom decided to find out which ones, with some truly surprising results. We only looked at .com domain names, and found thousands. Below are some of the more noteworthy .com domain names that Google […]

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Geeky computer part art

We here at Pingdom clearly belong to the “geek category” of people here on Earth. We love computers and technology, and almost anything related to that. Even when the computers have been broken down and recycled, they can provide gratification, as shown by the pictures you see below. This is a collection of art (and […]

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We have added another neat feature to the Pingdom uptime monitoring service. You asked for it, and we listened. You can now export and download a detailed log of your monitoring results to a CSV file (which you can easily view in Excel). Above: You can find the export option on the Detailed Log report […]

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Apache and IIS are the most common web servers in use today, but they are far from alone. There is a huge amount of web server software out there, both free and commercial. In this article we present four popular alternative web servers: Lighttpd, Nginx, LiteSpeed and Zeus. The first two are free and open […]

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