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Update 3: 1and1 up again. See our 1and1 network status page for details. Update 2:  Down again! You can follow the up- and down on our public 1and1 network status page (based on the uptime monitoring wiki that we host at 1and1).   Update : 1and1 servers are up again (after more than 1.5h of

Public Services need Public Dashboards

Friday, 16 September 2011 by

Some days ago we started monitoring various online services (Email providers, job search sites, public transportation) with AlertFox transaction sensors. Do you think you know which of these is faster, or more reliable? Check the web performance benchmarks on their Public Dashboards at Performance Benchmark Webmail: Time to login and open/read an email – 

I was googling for some Google Chrome documentation today, and discovered a fascinating post by Ilya Grigorik: He notes that Google’s Chrome browser dropped the “http://” prefix in their location bar not just for aesthetic reasons: If you are using Chrome, and you are using Google web services today, chances are, you are not running

AlertFox not only supports public status dashboards but also allows you to embed your charts into any website — such as this blog! Thus you can create your own dashboards easily. Example: This Twitter uptime chart is taken from the status dashboard of our demo account and monitors the true Twitter status by running a

Transaction Monitoring in Asia

Thursday, 21 July 2011 by

Running a global web business? Or a website targeted at visitors from the Asia-Pacific? Then you will be happy to hear that starting next week we will be offering our real browser transaction monitoring also for the Asia-Pacific region. We start with two new monitoring stations in Singapore, hosted in  Amazon’s data centers. We plan

Hooray! iMacros for Chrome, the newest member of the iMacros family of browser-based web testing tools, is featured in the Google Chrome app store: For the AlertFox team it is especially interesting that the latest iMacros for Chrome version can be controlled by the iMacros Scripting API. That means we can integrate it in our

This myth persists in environments where IT has abundant means to monitor technology components yet little insight into the customer/end-user experience: It is appropriate for IT to focus on technology. But when communicating with the business, IT needs to translate technology language into business language. A database response time of less than one second, for

Hooray… Microsoft selects AlertFox Website Monitoring as Startup of the Day! If you follow this link you will find an interview with Mathias Roth, Managing Director and Co-founder of AlertFox.

Mysterious Skype crash

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 by

Skype has crashed throughout the world and continues to crash on login. We noted the crash at AlertFox headquarters in Germany yesterday evening (Wednesday) the first time, and first attributed it to an IE9 update. But now Skype has begun crashing on machines that had no update at all (no Windows update, no IE update

Sensible website monitoring not only tells you that something goes wrong with your site, but also helps you in identifying the problem. This is why this update is focused on providing more information on failing transaction sensors. (1) Waterfall Diagrams Get a grip on the load time of each and every element of your site.