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Archive for January, 2009

Considering the massive amount of websites that are using Google Analytics it is of course extremely important that the Google Analytics script is always available and responding well so that website visitors will have no problems loading it.

We use Google Analytics ourselves here at Pingdom and think it’s a great tool for keeping track of our visitor traffic. Since we have included the GA script on both our main website and our blog, we were curious to see how well it performs and how reliable it is (uptime wise).

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Pingdom iPhone app updated

We recently released our new Pingdom iPhone application which lets you view the current status of your checks on your iPhone as well as view some of the configuration settings and statistics for the last 30 days.

We have now finished version 1.2 which contains some more fixes.

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Email outage hits the White House

President Barack Obama is said to be significantly more tech-savvy than his predecessor, so one might wonder how he felt when the White House mail server suffered a meltdown yesterday, leaving his entire press office without access to the official White House email addresses for much of the day.

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The Internet doesn’t give a damn about the recession

In 2008 the stock market fell into shambles, the real estate market tumbled, big companies announced big layoffs, VC investors became more careful, and the entire world economy went downhill. It’s enough to put a sour face on the most optimistic person.

But now contrast this with what happened with the Internet in 2008:

  • The number of websites increased by 20%.
  • The number of domain names increased by 19%.
  • Not to mention that there were more than 1.4 billion people on the Internet, a number that will keep growing.

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DNS attack slowed down hundreds of thousands of websites

A DDoS attack on the DNS servers of the domain registrar Network Solutions slowed down access to hundreds of thousands of websites during several hours last Friday (January 23).

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Internet 2008 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2008?

How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many blog posts were published? This post will answer those questions and many others with more interesting statistics than you can shake a stick at. :)

We have used a wide variety of sources from around the Web. A full list of source references is available at the bottom of the post for those interested.

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Pingdom’s 2008 boost

A new year has arrived, and we here at Pingdom have dived headlong into it. For example, just last week we launched a new iPhone app that can be used to access our uptime monitoring service.

And while 2009 promises to be a great year for us, we certainly can’t complain about 2008. In fact, 2008 has been a very good year for us.

So we decided to share some numbers with you.

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What is up with Revver’s downtime?

The video-sharing site Revver has been having some major stability problems for a while now.

On November 1, Revver told TechCrunch that they were migrating to a new service provider:

Greenspan checked in and says they are in the middle of major migration from a CDN/provider to a tier 1 & top technology provider which “should make the quality of Revver videos displayed better then ever” (could take a few days).

The question is how well that migration has gone.

Our monitoring reveals that in the past month, the Revver website has been unavailable for a total of almost 24 hours. In just the last week, it has been down for more than 6 hours (including a 5-hour outage on January 17).

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The blogging service was unavailable almost 8 hours straight last Friday (January 16).

The outage started at 5:05 a.m. CET and didn’t end until 12:50 p.m. CET (a total of 7 hours and 45 minutes). The site was completely unreachable during that time, indicating either a server or network failure.

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7 tech comics that will put a big smile on your face

Sometimes you just need to take a short break, relax and have fun. A great way to do so is to check out some funny web comics, and we here at Pingdom are big fans of comics that dive into the slightly more geeky aspects of life. Once a tech geek, always a tech geek…

So, sit back and relax, take a few moments to yourself and check out some of the best tech comics around.

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