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Has GitHub Been Down More Since Its Acquisition by Microsoft?

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Two years ago, on June 4th of 2018, Microsoft announced its acquisition of GitHub, unicorn darling of the developer tools startup ecosystem, for $7.5B in stock. The announcement unearthed a wide range of opinions and pontifications, ranging from “GitHub is doomed” to “Microsoft is smart”, with many predictions about GitHub’s future. Some thought Microsoft’s...

10 Essential DevOps Slack Apps

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Slack DevOps Apps in use

A major goal of DevOps is task and process automation. While total automation is possible to a large extent, DevOps engineers can’t just run a process and then leave it. They need to quickly react in the event of downtime and incidents. Usually, it’s important to react as fast as possible because downtime for even a few minutes can cost from $2,300 to $9,000 according to the Ponemon Institute in...

Status Page Webhooks: New and Improved!

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Since 2015, StatusGator has offered a unique solution for monitoring the status of hundreds of cloud services. By aggregating each service’s status page into a unified API, StatusGator provides the status of all your dependencies in a single place. Our status page webhooks solution was previously quite basic and limited in its capabilities. But we recently launched StatusGator webhooks v2...

How we collect feedback on VimTricks

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Four thumbs up for VimTricks

This really was the best decision we made before launching: We recently launched VimTricks, an email newsletter serving up tips and tricks about the Vim text editor. After reviewing many email platforms, we went with Substack for it’s easy of use and seemingly well-documented path to transitioning from free to paid newsletter. One problem we wanted to solve before we even launched was...

Introducing Organization Accounts

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Team of developer using a StatusGator organization account

Several times throughout the last five years of StatusGator, we have received requests for organizational accounts. As more and larger teams have joined, there’s been a steady increase in requests for multi-user accounts. We are proud to announce that StatusGator Organization accounts are now available on our Start Up plan and above. Our first implementation of this is quite simple:...

VimTricks: The Vim Newsletter

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VimTricks, the Vim newsletter

More than 2 years ago, Andy and I started a tiny little website called VimTricks on a whim. It was a place to showcase tidbits and tricks we had learned over our many years of using the Vim text editor. This month, we evolved VimTricks into something brand new: a vim newsletter. VimTricks is now a vim email newsletter that delivers new tips twice a week. We have both been using the Vim for many...

Your Status Page Deserves Its Own Domain

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Public status pages have risen to become an essential requirement for all publicly facing web services. A well-constructed status page is a hallmark of a customer-centric organization. Status pages provide transparency and help reduce customer support requests during an inevitable outage. With sufficient component details, they can serve as useful information hubs for customers experiencing...

Status Page Monitoring in Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams announcement

Exactly two years ago, Microsoft announced Teams at an elaborate launch event in New York City. Hailed by many as a “Slack killer“, Teams was positioned by Microsoft as a group messaging platform. It was clear from the start that they took aim directly at Slack and its numerous competitors. Slack even acknowledged the encroachment of Microsoft in a full page ad in the New York Times...

Mute Apocalyptic Siren Noise on Video Calls with Krisp

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Ambulance screaming down street

I’ve been using Krisp for the last two months to reduce background noise on conference calls and it has drastically improved my work-from-home experience. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been working remotely full time. Remote work, for me at least, truly is the best way to be productive both personally and professionally. I believe it can work well for vast swaths of the workforce...

How do I ask for a status page?

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How to ask your vendor for a status page

Has this scenario happened to you? You found a service. A SaaS product or hosted service: it could be anything. Maybe it’s a continuous integration service or perhaps it’s a service for capturing comments on your web site. Let’s call it Useful Service. You sign up, and you’re happy with it. Now you depend on it and your fortunes are tied to it. But day in and day out...

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