Archive | February, 2009

Google Apps System Monitoring

The recent Google Mail outage that occurred on February 24th ended up affecting a number of organizations who use Google Apps to manage their e-mail. Clearly, in the event of an outage, customers of an organization often call the internal Help Desk or Service Desk for support issues as a result of not knowing who is truly responsible for the outage.

To address this and provide a layer of transparency to problems with Google Apps, a new monitoring page has been setup at the Apps Status Dashboard. According to the Google post, customers can use this Apps Status Dashboard to check on the current service status of individual services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Video for business. Administrators of Google Apps for their businesses, schools and organizations can also view the performance of the administrative control panel.

Unfortunately the Google Apps Status RSS feed is still not available but at the very least we have a dashboard.

Google Apps Status

Google Apps Status

1234567890 Day

At 3:31 p.m. PST on Friday February 13th, 2009 the Unix time (i.e. number of seconds elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds) will reach the time of 1234567890. Check out Cool Epoch Countdown, which actually counts up, or 1234567890 Day for more information.

Moonlight and Silverlight

Moonlight is an open source implementation of Microsoft Silverlight for Unix systems.  In September of 2007, Microsoft and Novell announced a technical collaboration that includes access to Microsoft’s test suites for Silverlight and the distribution of a Media Pack for Linux users that will contain licensed media codecs for video and audio. Tim Sneath has a nice blog post describing how Silverlight is fizzing.

I’m yet to see any Education customers use Silverlight, but either way, as a result of Netflix video-on demand service, Silverlight has been installed on my home computer and as a result of the Visifire Charts, found its way on to my work computer.

Microsoft Retail Stores

I had blogged previously about the Microsoft Retail Experience. It appears that Microsoft has decided that David Porter will join the company as corporate vice president of Retail Stores. He will lead Microsoft’s efforts to create a better PC and Microsoft retail purchase experience for consumers worldwide through the development and opening of the company’s own retail stores.