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Archive for July, 2008

Apple stock +1384% in five years, Microsoft -2.45%

Apple must be doing a lot of things right lately. Their stock has increased by 1384% in the last five years. Microsoft’s stock, on the other hand, has decreased by 2.45%. You can see Apple’s stock growth in red below, and Microsoft’s in blue. (From Google Finance.) Of course, these are percentage increases and are […]

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Google’s new Wikipedia-competitor, Knol, has made quite a splash lately. The strange thing is, Google doesn’t own the domain name Knol.com. It belongs to a Dutch company specialized in steam cleaning equipment. (Google’s Knol website is located at knol.google.com.) A burst of traffic to Knol.com The Knol.com website (i.e. the one not owned by Google) […]

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The coolest and strangest Google merchandize

Google-branded merchandize shows up from time to time, and we here at Pingdom were kind of wondering where people outside of Google get hold of this stuff. And lo and behold, Google has its very own online store, GoogleStore.com. There is some pretty neat stuff in there, so here is our (highly subjective) pick of […]

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There have been a lot of numbers thrown around in the last year about the power consumption of servers and data centers. For example, servers and their cooling are now said to consume more power than color TVs in the US. To try and make a bit more sense out of the general information overflow, […]

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Test your website load time with one click

As you may know, in addition to our monitoring services, we have a free load time test for web pages. It has proven very popular, and recently we were contacted by a guy who had a smart suggestion: Please make a bookmarklet for it. So we did. Simply drag the following link to your browser’s […]

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We have collected some of the best quotes from three of the most influential people in the history of operating systems: Steve Jobs (Apple), Linus Torvalds (Linux) and Bill Gates (Microsoft). Some of these quotes may surprise you, especially the older ones. For your convenience, we have put the quotes in chronological order. (We have […]

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Twitter uses Pingdom for their status blog

The people over at the popular micro-blogging service Twitter are using Pingdom’s uptime monitoring service to watch over their availability. There is even a permanent link to a public Pingdom report page on the Twitter status blog, so anyone can get an updated view of their Web availability at any time. Above: Screenshot from the […]

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Data center stories that will make you laugh or cry

Most people who have worked with IT have at one time or another in their work life come across some amazingly strange practices or major oversights that in retrospect seem more or less insane. Here is a collection of crazy stories specifically about data centers and server rooms that we have filtered out from the […]

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Forget about hacking – your servers might get stolen

When it comes to security, there is often a focus on the software side, thwarting hackers and other virtual threats such as viruses and worms. When it comes to uptime and availability, focus often rests on redundant power, clustering, and other similar strategies. We often forget about something that can put a stop to any […]

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Downtime for major news sites in 2008

Traditional news media have embraced the Web, and these days we have a lot of great news sources online. We here at Pingdom have surveyed 13 of the top news websites in the world, monitoring the likes of CNN, Reuters, the New York Times and Times Online. The survey ran for the first half of […]

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