NodePing vs. Pingdom — server monitoring

Pingdom:

Positives:

  • mobile app
  • large number of testing locations
  • 10 checks at the yearly price is reasonably priced.
  • Built-in “PageDuty”-lite incident response is handy, though overkill for personal web servers.
  • I like the root cause analysis any time a check fails. Provides full connection output, response headers, etc. Extremely helpful when troubleshooting the cause of the failed check.

Negatives:

  • New website design is painfully slow and confusing.
  • Can’t add a new check via the mobile app
  • No option to specify host headers for a check — such as specify IP and specify the hostname directly.
  • No public status page unless you pay 2x per month.

 

NodePing:

Positives:

  • Free public status page
  • Website is fast and clean, though lacking some features
  • Pricing is attractive, even without a yearly agreement.

Negatives:

  • No mobile app
  • Relatively few testing locations
  • No option to specify host headers for a check — such as specify IP and specify the hostname directly.
  • Virtually nothing in the way of detail when a check fails. Also no easy way to go back and find a failed check after 300 successful checks have passed.

 

They both have a variety of checks — HTTP/HTTPS, UDP/TCP arbitrary port check, POP/SMTP/IMAP, and DNS checks. Both send me an email and push notification via Pushover whenever there’s an issue. Both use 1 minute checks, and confirmation from 3 locations before an alert is triggered.

I like StatusCake, but their checks seem spotty at best. They report all kinds of intermittent downtime when every other monitoring service sees zero issues. Not exactly great when your server monitoring tool is lying to you.

I also tested Monitus and CopperEgg. Didn’t like either one. I use New Relic’s free plan which is handy, also Linode’s Longview tool with the free plan.

Ultimately it looks like I’ll be going with Pingdom, even though it’s not my favourite choice.

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges

Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails.

Source: http://www.wired.com/2014/06/feds-told-cops-to-deceive-courts-about-stingray/

 

When a normal person lies to a judge/court you get an even harsher punishment, BUT if you’re a police officer …apparently you just get more convictions — no questions asked!

 

CloudFlare Teams Up With 15 NGOs To Protect Citizen Journalists And Activists From DDoS Attacks

xxdesmus:

I’m proud to be a small part of this.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A lot of political speech now happens online, but that also makes it very vulnerable to DDoS attacks from those who don’t agree with a given viewpoint. Many of these sites are hosted by individual journalists (and citizen journalists, if you want to make that distinction) and artists, who likely don’t have the infrastructure and knowledge to protect themselves against these attacks.

To help keep these sites operating, online security and CDN service CloudFlare today announced Project Galileo, a partnership with 15 NGOs to help it identify and protect sites around the world that are under attack. These NGOs include the Access, ACUL, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Center for Democracy and TechnologyMozilla, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Among the sites already protected by the project are minority-rights organizations, LGBT groups in Africa and the Middle East, global citizen journalists and…

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