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Archive for July, 2009

Be nice to your system administrator tomorrow

Tomorrow is System Administrator Appreciation Day, which means one thing: Be nice to your local system administrator. Do something nice. Get them something special. Have a party. Get them some insanely cool hardware.

Your system administrator probably deserves more respect than he (or she) is getting, so give them this one day of the year to feel really special and appreciated.

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We’re gonna BE RICH!!!

Just imagine how extremely happy we were when the following email dropped into the support inbox here at Pingdom:
spam

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Optimize your Pingdom alerts

Pingdom was made to directly alert our users of any downtime that might occur on servers and websites. But in many cases it’s a good idea to configure your Pingdom checks to first wait for a while and only alert you if the downtime continues.

In this post we give some recommendations on how to configure your Pingdom alerts to avoid getting alerts for temporary issues that might go away automatically before you even have time to get to a computer.

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The launch years of today’s most popular websites

How long have today’s most popular websites been around? This is a survey of when today’s top 50 websites began their lives.

What we here at Pingdom wanted to discover when we made this survey was not just how old the most popular sites are, but to see if we could discover any interesting trends based on that, and we think we did.

For the extra curious we’ve also included a table with the individual launch years for all of the top websites at the bottom of the article.

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Presenting: The USB street sign

We stumbled upon this street sign on Flickr and just couldn’t resist putting this composite together.

No words necessary, really. :)

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10 hot hosting trends in 2009

This is a guest post by David Walsh from WebHostingSearch.com.

HostingCon 2009 in Washington DC is just around the corner. It is the largest hosting conference and provides a great opportunity for people in the industry to discuss the future and the changes in the industry. We are going to give you a sneak peek at 10 trends that most likely will be discussed at the DC event.

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The real reason why Google wants to speed up the Web

In June Google launched a Web community with the specific long-term goal to make the Web faster. The tone of Google’s presentation when launching this initiative was very much “let’s do this for the good of the world”.

Although we like the altruistic aspects of this, it’s worth noting that Google is looking out for number one here. Google is doing this because it’s good for Google.

And here is how.

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We know Twitter is getting a lot of press these days, but how much? And how much media attention are they getting compared to other hugely popular sites and companies like Facebook, YouTube and Google? Read on to find out.

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Sony Ericsson just reported a $300 million loss for the second quarter of 2009 and Nokia reported a 71% decline in profits for the same period. Times are tough for the (shrinking) mobile giants.

Gee, wonder why…?

Have a look at this article for a very telling illustration.

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The Twitter Nobel Peace Prize negated

There has been some speculation recently whether Twitter should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in the recent events in Iran.

So while we’re speculating, why not consider Twitter for some other Nobel prizes as well? How about the Nobel Prize in Literature for its role (together with text messaging) in helping us evolve the English language?

Or wait…

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