Author Archives: Michiel van Vlaardingen

Introducing the Observu App

Last week we release the first version of the Observu App. The app lists current and most recent incidents for a quick status check. If there is anything actionable, those items will be prioritised on the home screen. Push Notifications … Continue reading

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5 reasons your developers need to do first-line support

As a developer, I don’t particularly enjoy customer support. Questions are either about things that are obvious (or should have been) or about things that I don’t have a clue about either and need a lot of investigation. Some customers … Continue reading

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Monitoring private websites and keeping credentials secure

Today I encountered this question on stackoverflow. It asks about monitoring tools to run locally because they cannot share credentials with third parties. (like Observu) This comes with the disadvantage of now having to take care of the reliablity of … Continue reading

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Got error 28 from storage engine

A common cause of website and webservice failure is running out of disk space. Either the webserver is no longer able to write to it’s log files and fails completely (resulting in an error page or no connection at all) … Continue reading

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Observu from idea ’til launch

At the end of 2010 we decided that our development efforts were too fragmented and we needed to focus. We had dozens of websites, each either needing a lot of work or were not really future proof. We decided to … Continue reading

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Monitoring A Website In The Cloud

Observu has been designed from the ground up to deal with the monitoring reality of running your website or application in the cloud. By allowing servers to share the exact same configuration on the server and not requiring them to … Continue reading

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Monitoring Data From Online Sources and APIs

Observu allows you to check availability on webpages and APIs and test them for presence of certain text. However, web pages and APIs can provide a wealth of information that is also interesting to track. Maybe your forum lists the … Continue reading

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Respond faster to Internal Server Errors

When a web page shows you an “Internal Server Error”, the webserver also returns a 500 status code. It means there is something wrong on the website itself. The user requested a proper URL, but something on the server makes … Continue reading

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Improved API Monitoring

Last week we’ve improved significantly on our ability to monitor APIs that are available over HTTP(S). You can now set custom headers, cookies, urlencoded form data and a raw POST body to your availability monitors. Furthermore, we allow you to … Continue reading

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Service disruption

Currently the observu.com service is not available. We are sorry for this and are currently working to recover the service as soon as possible. The disruption was caused by a human oversight on our part, in the next week we … Continue reading

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