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Archive for July, 2013

How we use Trello to produce our blog

Trello_logoAt any given time, we have several people within Pingdom working on blog posts for the Royal Pingdom blog. Add to the mix that everyone has busy schedules with other tasks, the work on the blog is a melting pot made for scheduling problems and conflicts.

What keeps us sane and on track is a clever online project management service you may have heard of called Trello. Here is a description of how we use it, perhaps it can help you out as well.

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Pingdom’s must-read articles #51

web performanceThe weekend is almost here so we present you with a fresh lineup of articles. Hopefully you find something interesting in this varied mix consisting of how to combine Pingdom and Graphite, evaluating SPDY performance, web design trends, and more.

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broadband speed pingdomAs the first country ever to break through the 60 Mbps Internet speed barrier, Hong Kong has, according to the latest figures from Akamai, increased its lead over its closest rivals.

Now enjoying an average peak connection speed of 63.6 Mbps, people in Hong Kong should be saying to themselves, “wow, that’s fast.” Especially when you consider that the world average peak connection speed is 18.4 Mbps.

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Pingdom’s must-read articles #50

web performanceWe’ve been off the air so to speak with our must-read articles for a while because of summer holidays, events, and more. But now we’re back and intend to get on the weekly schedule of delivering some of the best and most interesting content on web performance and more from around the net.

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computer chroniclesHosted by Stewart Cheifet, the tech-focused television program Computer Chronicles ran from 1983 to 2002. For many, it was the place to go to for the latest news, help with technology, and much more.

We browsed the archive of the Computer Chronicles, kept available by the Internet Archive and came up with these nuggets of tech history from the 1980s and 1990s.

Remember, some of this may seem a bit silly today, but back then it was state of the art.

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website downtimeIt may not be something you lay awake at night thinking about, but what if your website would happen to be down for one or a few minutes, would Google then penalize you for that?

Since we all worry about what Google thinks about our sites so that we can appear as favorably in its services as possible, hearing straight from Google would be worth a lot, and now we have.

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Powerful command line tools for network administrators

command line pingdomWhen it comes to taking care of our networking infrastructure here at Pingdom, the DevOps team works with a wide range of hardware and software tools.

With this article, we want to give you some suggestions for command line tools and utilities that are a common part of our toolbox. We have tried to make a varied selection so that there is hopefully something in here that you find useful in your daily admin work.

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cloud storage pingdomAre you storing your files in the cloud? If you are, which cloud storage service are you using? Storing files in the cloud is convenient, but it means you want fast and reliable access to your information at any given time. And if the service is unavailable or your Internet connection is messing up you are in a pickle.

Last year we investigated the reliability and performance of four popular cloud storage services: Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. We repeated the same study a year later. Read on to find out what the situation is like in 2013.

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Pingdom BeepManager now available in public beta

beep-150x150Today, we extend the beta program of BeepManager, our brand new alert system, to all Pingdom customers on the Personal, Pro or Team plan.

After last weeks announcement at the the Velocity Conference and the great response BeepManager received then, we now look forward to many more of our customers trying out the new alert system.

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