Traffic lights as downtime alert

By the title, you would be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another “discarded marketing ideas” post. But it isn’t. The basic idea is this: When we get a new customer we will send them a miniature traffic light, around 10 cm (4 inches) high. This traffic light can be plugged into their LAN […]

Uptime vs. downtime

The media loves bad news. It’s a sad but true fact of life. For example: Server administrators love the word “uptime”. Most normal people love uptime, because it means that things are working the way they should. Uptime is a positive word. “Downtime,” however, most server administrators really hate. The shit has hit the proverbial […]

How to avoid the consequences of your site being down

This is a service we would have loved to offer, if it wasn’t for the fact that we would be facing more lawsuits than we can count. We present: The Pingdom Diversion service! Whenever your site has problems, we would do at least one of the following: Immediately launch a massive DDoS attack on your […]

The 40-cent campaign was a great success

As you may have noticed, Pingdom has been running a campaign for the last two weeks, and results have been stunning. People really liked that 40-cent deal. Of course, why shouldn’t they? We provide very good value for money at our regular price, and what came down to a whole year for free was of […]

Ok, we won’t rob 50 Cent

Discarded Pingdom marketing campaigns. Pingdom.com is currently offering a one-year trial of its uptime monitoring service for 40 tiny little cents. A gimmick, you say? Of course it is. We could have offered it for free, but by making people pick up a credit card, even for such a miniscule amount, they become potential customers […]

Addicted to the ping

Apparently, we are in a constant state of pinging. Or addicted to the ping. At least according to the Urban Dictionary: Looking up “pinging” in the same dictionary gives: “A state of increased anxious activity, typically induced by an amphetamine.” Not exactly what we had in mind when we came up with the name Pingdom. […]

Top 10 reasons why websites crash

Looking at the Internet as a whole, websites are crashing all the time, and they are doing it in droves. Why would your website ever crash? There are oh so many reasons… Digg/Slashdot – It got Digged and/or Slashdotted. Cable tripping – Someone who probably shouldn’t be walking around in a server room trips on […]

SSL check support added, and more…

You might like to know that we recently beefed up the Pingdom Panel with a couple of new features: The ability to monitor SSL-encrypted websites (URLs starting with HTTPS). Improved handling of password-protected websites (HTTP Authentication). You can expect new features to keep rolling in all Fall. We have five full-time employees working on the […]

Graphic designer needed

As you can see, this blog is butt ugly. So, what does that tell you? We know what it tells us, at least: We need a graphic designer. So, if you want to work in Sweden, Västerås, and rule your own little graphic kingdom (we’re royalty, see?), please apply to job AT ipwalk DOT com […]

Why name our blog Royal?

To be honest, other than delusions of grandeur and the vague reference to P/Kingdom, we don’t really have a very good reason. We just like the name. Who doesn’t want to be royal? Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is. Jules: Then what do […]