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Archive for June, 2011

Top 10 supercomputers in numbers

K Computer rackTop500.org recently released updated statistics about the fastest supercomputers in the world. They do this twice per year, and every time the reports make computing enthusiasts drool with mind-boggling performance numbers. You think your souped-up server or gaming rig is fast? Think again.

We cherry-picked some of the more interesting numbers, and made a few additional calculations for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.

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About yesterday’s Pingdom outage

PingdomAs you may have noticed if you’re a Pingdom user, we had problems yesterday. In this post we will do our best to explain what happened and why, and how we will learn from this going forward.

And let us also take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. It’s super-important for us to provide you with a quality service, and those of you who have been with us for a long time hopefully know that we deliver on that promise. This was an extreme, highly unusual scenario.

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Pingdom notifier for Mac

AppleIt pays to combine your web service with a really good, well-documented and easy-to-use API. We’re finding this out first hand with our REST API. People keep doing cool things with it.

Services like Geckoboard have added Pingdom widgets, a UK developer recently made an excellent third-party Pingdom app for Windows Phone 7, and new things keep showing up.

Case in point:

Just over a week ago, a fellow Swede (Markus Liljedahl) released a neat little third-party Pingdom notifier for Mac.

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Browser logos

The web browser market is an ever-changing landscape. It can sometimes be rocky ground for web designers and web developers trying to make their websites and services work for all the various browser versions available out there. It’s challenging work, to say the least.

That’s why it pays to be aware of what the web browser market looks like, and stay up to date. How many are using the various browsers out there? How many are using the latest versions? Which versions are the most common? How big an audience may you be annoying if your site isn’t perfect in a specific browser version?

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IE9 adoption is painfully slow. Google to the rescue?

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer 9 launched on March 14 this year, a full three months ago. It’s free software. It’s clearly a better web browser than previous IE versions. Yet only 13% of IE users have adopted IE9 so far. In other words, IE9 adoption is going… kinda slowly.

Compare that with the adoption of Firefox 4. It was launched on March 22, just over a week after IE9, yet 56% of Firefox users are already running Firefox 4. It’s been downloaded more than 200 million times and counting (the current count is 218 million).

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The Velocity job board has a certain lack of polar bears

Around every street corner in SwedenA little update from Velocity 2011

This is pretty cool. There’s a massive job board here at the conference where a bunch of Silicon Valley companies (and Silicon Valley-ish companies elsewhere) are looking for top-of-line operations and developer ninjas. Understandable, since there are a lot of insanely talented people around at this conference.

There are notes from Flickr, YouTube, Netflix, Groupon, Canonical, and many others. Quite a few business cards are pinned to the board, too. For you not at Velocity, this is what it looks like:

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The diversification of Apple

AppleFirst there was the Mac line of computers, then Apple added the iPod, then the iPhone, and little over a year ago, the iPad. Over the past 10 years, Apple has gone from being a computer company to being a true consumer brand.

This can be easily illustrated by looking at search trends, in this case the overall interest in Apple’s various product lines over the years (courtesy of Google Trends).

Read on for a very revealing chart…

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Full speed to Velocity

Velocity conferenceNext week it’s time for one of the most interesting conferences in our field: O’Reilly’s Velocity 2011. It’s all about scalability, web performance and operations and features a ton of interesting speakers, including bright minds from Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft, Akamai, Mozilla, Heroku, Opera and many other companies.

Several of us from Pingdom will be attending the conference to learn, be inspired and meet interesting people in the Internet industry.

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Sneak preview of the new Pingdom HQ

We posted this in the Pingdom blog but thought that you regular readers of Royal Pingdom might also enjoy it, so here it is, a sneak preview of our up-and-coming, super-designed office:

PingdomWe’re about to enter a new phase in Pingdom’s history. Over the next few months, we’ll be hiring even more people, and our current office is starting to feel a bit small.

That’s why we’ll soon be upgrading to “Pingdom Office 2.0.” We’ve already picked the office space, signed the lease, and the plan is to move in at the beginning of 2012. Before we move in, the whole office will have been rebuilt and custom designed for us, and will rival some of the coolest offices out there. We’re aiming for awesomeness.

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Designing the new Pingdom office (pics)

PingdomWe’re about to enter a new phase in Pingdom’s history. Over the next few months, we’ll be hiring even more people, and our current office is starting to feel a bit small.

That’s why we’ll soon be upgrading to “Pingdom Office 2.0.” We’ve already picked the office space, signed the lease, and the plan is to move in at the beginning of 2012. Before we move in, the whole office will have been rebuilt and custom designed for us, and will rival some of the coolest offices out there. We’re aiming for awesomeness.

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