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Archive for November, 2012

Today is the 6th annual Blue Beanie Day and we join web fans from around the world in wearing blue hats. We first thought that we will all look like Smurfs in the Pingdom HQ today, but Smurfs (at least most of them) have white hats, not blue.

We at Pingdom want to make the web faster and more reliable, and working with web standards can certainly be a key part of accomplishing this. Pingdom wants to be a good web citizens and make sure our sites work and display correctly for as many users as possible.

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We’re beefing up our support by adding an FAQ

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We believe in making our products as easy as possible to use, but we also believe in offering first-rate support to you, our customer, when you need to ask us something. Today, we’re announcing the latest addition to our frontline support and that is an FAQ.

You share many of your questions with other customers, and we’ve been collecting these for some time now. We’ve sorted through them, prioritized, and written answers. Now, this is all available to you in the FAQ, which you can find at support.pingdom.com. There, you can click your way to an answer or simply type something into the search box. Either way, we’ve loaded up the FAQ with some of the most common questions we receive, and the answers, of course.

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Testing new credit card input design (video)

credit card input designWe always strive to make our products as easy as possible for our customers to use. That even includes such seemingly mundane things like input of credit card details.

For a short while now we’ve been testing new input functionality and design for credit card payments. One of the new features is that when the customer types in the credit card number, it will automatically switch to the correct type of card.

Check out this video for a bit of the background and a quick demo of what the new design looks like.

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Web performance and ops – Weekend must-read articles #36

web performance

This is our collection of must-read articles about web performance and ops for the weekend. There’s something about SPDY, Flickr, monitoring, performance tricks, and more.

Every week 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, web performance, webops, security, and other geeky topics.

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Highlights from the W3C web performance workshop

performance workshop
We are committed to making the web faster and more reliable, and we really enjoyed attending the W3C web performance workshop a couple of weeks ago, together with representatives from  Akamai, Google, Microsoft, and many others. This was a day packed with information, often very detailed and technical, about all different kinds of aspects of web performance.

There is an official summary of the workshop, including links to the presentations, but we felt we should give you some of the highlights.

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Announcing the Pingdom Transaction Monitor beta

Pingdom Transaction Monitor betaThe web is getting more complex by the day. Visitors to your websites want to put things in a shopping cart, create accounts and log in, fill in forms, and more. Most of these important activities require a complex sequence of pages and scripts, working together to accomplish the desired outcome.

This means that not only do you want to make sure your website is up, you also want to make sure that important website functionality is working.

Today, we’re announcing a beta program for a new tool we’re developing, which will help you tackle some of this increasing complexity. With the Pingdom Transaction Monitor, we want to enable you, our customers, to monitor such transactions to see that they are doing what they should.

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titan supercomputer

There’s a new supercomputer at the top of the Top 500 list. The new champion is the Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. It achieves 17.59 Petaflop/s with 560,640 cores, beating the previous number one, the Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which reaches 16.32 Petaflop/s.

Given that there is a new number one, we want to update our article from earlier this year and include the Titan. Let’s see how the new number one supercomputer in the world compares to its predecessors.

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gasell

Pingdom has been awarded the prize “Gasell” by DI.se for being the company with the fastest financial growth during 2012 in its region of Sweden, the county of Västmanland.

The prize was given out at an awards ceremony at Conventum in Örebro on November 7th, in front of an audience including other finalists. We at Pingdom are very happy to be given such an honor. This is a milestone on the journey that Pingdom is on, to make the web faster and more reliable.

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The road to RUM (infographic)

the road to rumToday we’re participating in W3C’s Workshop on Web Performance at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. We think it’ll be a great opportunity to meet friends and colleagues, talk web performance in general, and RUM (Real User Monitoring) in particular.

Since the Navigation Timing specification lays the groundwork for much of what’s currently being done in RUM, we thought we’d present how we ended up where we are today, and what the current situation looks like.

Raise the curtains: we present the road to RUM.

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Pingdom at W3C’s Web Performance Working Group workshop

web performance

Pingdom is on the road again. This time we’re heading to the W3C’s Web Performance Working Group workshop taking place this Thursday at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Attending this workshop, we want to make sure that we listen and learn about what’s coming in the future in terms of web performance. In the pipeline for the working group are things that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our products, as well as our users.

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