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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.

5 Biggest Outages of Q2 2020

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Anything bad that can happen — will happen. This old adage applies 100% to the technology industry, where crashes and outages are far more common than the sales and marketing teams would want us to think. However, DevOps engineers that deal with infrastructure know how hard it is to ensure everything works as intended all of the time — and to configure monitoring that actually keeps track of a...

Is AppSumo worth it?

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We recently chatted with AppSumo about the possibility of offering StatusGator on their platform. AppSumo partners with SaaS tools to offer lifetime deals for a small one-time fee, most of which they keep. So the obvious question is: Is AppSumo worth it for creators? For those that aren’t familiar with AppSumo, the kinds of products offered are usually SaaS tools, typically B2B but not...

Drift Score: The Dependency Drift Metric

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Dependency Drift score under the hood

A few months back, we coined an idea we call “dependency drift” — a metric for tracking the recency of your software dependency packages. Now we’re releasing the algorithm we use to calculate this drift, which we’re calling a Drift Score. The dependency drift concept is a way for us to track how far out of date our projects are: Are we keeping up with patch releases...

Embed Your Status Page Everywhere

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A status page embed can help bring the status of your service to your users.

A well-crafted status page is designed to save you time, energy, and resources when communicating service irregularities. Instead of fielding thousands of support requests when you experience an outage, a status page provides a self-service way for your customers to get up-to-the minute information about any current downtime. It also allows you to proactively communicate maintenance and other...

We moved our newsletter landing page off of Substack

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When we launched VimTricks, our Vim email newsletter, almost two months ago, we started in the simplest way we could: With a hosted newsletter built on top of Substack. Here’s a look at the minimalist landing page they provide. (Completely free of charge, I should add. Thank you, Substack.) The original VimTricks landing page, provided by Substack. Substack Landing Page Limitations...

15 Essential DevOps Apps for Microsoft Teams

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best devops apps for teams

DevOps engineers always need to check processes, increase work efficiency, and optimize operations. The main part of the work is to improve the quality of the product and set up smooth workflows. That’s why you need to control systems and react to downtime as quickly as possible. One of the best ways to do so is to get timely notifications is Teams DevOps Applications. MS Teams is widely used in...

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...

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