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Archive for March, 2012

Today is World Backup Day so why not heed the call and get busy protecting your precious files?

Plus, tomorrow is April 1st, so get ahead of all the pranks, and do it today.

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Today we take a look back at the first mass-produced commercial computer, which was called UNIVAC.

The first model was delivered on March 30, 1951, to the U.S. Census Bureau. As a brand name on computers, UNIVAC survived until 1981.

We have collected some stunning numbers describing this important piece of tech-history. Read on to find out more.

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Weekend must-read articles #10 – HTML5

This week we thought you would be interested in reading about what’s happening with HTML5.

Every Friday we bring you a collection of links to places on the web that we find particularly newsworthy, interesting, entertaining, and topical. We try to focus on some particular area or topic each week, but in general we will cover Internet, web development, networking, performance, security, and other geeky topics.

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It’s time to (finally) kill the SIM card

For everyone who has a GSM mobile phone, the SIM card has become a way of life, or at least a way of mobile life. That thumbnail-sized plastic card, which houses our mobile identity, is a necessary evil we’ve had to endure for far too long.

Apple pioneered the micro SIM card with the iPad and iPhone, and now it wants to go even smaller.

We, however, join the ranks of people asking for the total abolishment of the SIM card, and here’s why.

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Pingdom Podcast #16 – Applidium, and Vim for iPad

In this show, we talk to Romain Goyet, co-founder of Applidium. We first got in touch with Romain because we had spotted the Vim for iPad and iPhone app. The discussion ranged from Applidium’s apps, iOS versus Android, the new iPad, and much more.

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How the Apache HTTP web server stays secure (interview)

The Apache HTTP Server is the most common web server software in the world, by far. According to one recent survey, over 420 million web sites run Apache HTTP. With such amazing numbers it’s obvious that we’re curious to find out more about Apache.

So it was with great gusto that we sat down with the former Vice President of the all-volunteer Apache HTTP Server Project to talk about a wide range of topics. We grilled him on how the team works internally with keeping Apache HTTP Server secure, if they look at market share numbers, and whether or not open source software is more secure than closed source software.

It was quite an eye opening experience in many ways. Read on to find out why.

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Pingdom Podcast #15 – Squiz CMS and open source

In this show we were joined by Jacob Gardiner, National Hosting Manager at Squiz. They develop a portfolio of products centered on an open source CMS called Matrix. Check out their Suite and Labs. We talked about a range of issues including how to make money on open source, responsive web design, and much more.

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Weekend must-read articles #9 – WebKit

This week we thought you would be interested in reading some more about what’s happening with the open source browser engine  WebKit.

Every Friday we bring you a collection of links to places on the web that we find particularly newsworthy, interesting, entertaining, and topical. We try to focus on some particular area or topic each week, but in general we will cover Internet, web development, networking, performance, security, and other geeky topics.

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Pingdom’s Podcast is a weekly show about Internet, web, security, app development, and other mobile stuff. In this show we were joined by Brandon Mathis who is the creator of Octopress, “a blogging framework for hackers.” Brandon works at MongoHQ but has a career as freelance designer and developer behind him. We talk a lot about designers and developers, covering issues like how do the two work together. We also talk about Octopress, a blogging framework Brandon created when he found that WordPress wasn’t suitable for what he needed.

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WorldHostingDays Global in Germany started yesterday and we want to give everyone attending a really cool gift – a 1-year FREE Pingdom Business Account.

Besides that, to celebrate this annual pilgrimage for everyone in the web hosting industry, we also put together a rather snazzy infographic about WHD.

Read on to find out more about WHD as well as how to claim your FREE Pingdom account.

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