The End of Flash:  The RIA Revolution

(Don’t worry, we are talking about the interactive media technology by Adobe, not the superhero “The Flash” or “Flash Gordon”) Everyone has interacted with Flash on the internet in one form or other, from the dawn of Youtube videos to memories of arcade-like video games, or digital greetings cards with dancing elves.  Most people probably didn’t…

Test Your Website Across IPv6

The age of IPv6 is Upon Us ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers is the authority in charge of distributing IP addresses in North America.  ARIN received the IPv4 blocks for North America from the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for distribution of IP addresses and maintaining DNS root zones as…

Google Releases Brotli to Improve Web Page Load Speed

At Dotcom-Monitor we agree with Google that “we think that internet users’ time is valuable, and that they shouldn’t have to wait long for a web page to load.”  This was their opening message today when they announced the release of their new compression algorithm, Brotli. Brotli was named after a small bun in Switzerdeutsch…

SQL Server Monitoring: A Case Study

We recently worked with a client to troubleshoot issues with a SQL Server instance.  The client was running SQL Server 2012 on a Virtual Machine.  The applications running on the SQL Server were running into issues and the client was unsure what the root cause of the issues was. Initially, we set up web application…

Gimp Website is Down

UPDATE:  It appears that the Gimp website registration expired and so the DNS resolution was automatically “parked” by the registrar.  Once they were aware of this, the Gimp site admins re-registered the site for another 5 years, then the site was pointed back to the original content servers, but there was a lag in DNS…

Monitor Exchange Outlook Web Access

Is Outlook Web Access down right now? What is the Outlook service status? Is Exchange down? You’ve come to the right place.  We can help you determine the answers to these questions before your users have a chance to ask them.  We will show you how to monitor Exchange Outlook Web Access. Dotcom-Monitor has all…

3rd Party Content Monitoring

Most websites that exist today rely on 3rd party elements in one form or another.  For example, there are many services to gather analytics about site traffic such as Google analytics, but in order to work properly they require you to load a small script as a part of each web page like www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js.  This…

Secure360 Conference 2015

What We Learned at the Secure360 Conference We attended the Secure360 Conference at the River City Center in St. Paul this year and learned a few things about the various needs of the attendants.  Everyone is concerned about security in their organization, but the topic is so broad that it takes on a different meaning…