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AuthorColin Bartlett

Colin Bartlett is co-founder of Nimble Industries, creators of StatusGator and Washtub. He has been building web applications, managing software development projects, and leading engineering teams for 22 years.

Mute Apocalyptic Siren Noise on Video Calls with Krisp

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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 professional. I believe it can work well for vast swaths of the workforce...

The Cost of Ignoring the Rails Way

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One of my consulting clients recently asked me to investigate a bug causing an unhandled exception in their production Rails app. The Bugsnag issue looked like countless others any Rubyist has no doubt reviewed before: undefined method `invitation_accepted_at' for nil:NilClass. This type of error indicates the code was expecting an object to have been returned when it wasn’t. A method was being...

GDPR Episode 2: A New Privacy Policy

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What does it take to write a GDPR compliant privacy policy? It was easier than we realized! This is a continuation of our series on ensuring StatusGator complies with the terms of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. To read the other parts of the series: GDPR Compliance Step 1: Data Erasure and Portability The GDPR has very specific requirements for privacy policies. ...

What is the cost of downtime?

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Experiencing app, website, or server downtime can be one of the worst situations any tech business can find themselves in. Having your applications fail or crash out of nowhere can lead to some serious consequences, both directly and in the future for your bottom line and business operations. For one’s customers, the situation is worse. Imagine not being able to access a critical...

GDPR Compliance Step 1: Data Erasure and Portability

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Recently, a StatusGator user on our 30 day free trial contacted us to inquire if StatusGator was GDPR compliant. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is the European Union’s regulation that grants rights and requirements over personal data. Although we’ve been following the GDPR and its rollout for some time now, we haven’t taken active steps to comply with its requirements. We...

How much does a status page cost?

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Keeping your customers informed of the status of your website, application, or service is essential nowadays. If you don’t have a status page to communicate this, you’re missing an opportunity to improve transparency and reduce customer support burden. This is especially true if you are running an online business and your website is your main source of income, a status page is crucial not only...

How to Save Precious Minutes During Incident Response

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StatusGator notifies you when status pages change. But the most overlooked feature of it might just be the unified dashboard that displays the status of every service you depend on. This can save precious minutes during a frantic incident response. An Idea Is Born The original idea of StatusGator was born out of a day of frustration. After spending hours debugging a problem with a client’s...

Your Status Page is Useless If You Don’t Use it

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Over the past several years, status pages have become more and more commonplace. They are not just a feature of the behemoth cloud providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, but common among the multitudinous rank-and-file SaaS companies that every modern business depends on. Having a well-maintained status page is not just a luxury anymore. A status page is a requirement for running a...

Component Status Filtering Is Here

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One of our most requested features has made StatusGator more useful than ever before. StatusGator has been monitoring hundreds of status pages since 2015. Our aim has always been to aggregate the published status of the cloud services you depend on, making it available in any format you need, and notifying you when it changes. Status pages have now become an essential tool for most cloud...

Dependabot is Now Free and It’s Amazing

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Dependabot automatically upgrades your software dependencies

GitHub acquired Dependabot and made it free so we tried it out. The results were better than expected. We have long been advocates for consistent software maintenance. It might seem obvious, but software simply must be maintained and kept up to date with its dependencies or it risks atrophying until it becomes an unmaintainable pile of trash. Dependabot is an excellent tool for preventing...

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