If your site’s offline, you’ll lose new customers and frustrate existing ones. But you won’t know about it, until someone takes the time to mention it on social networks or you happen to discover it yourself. By then, the downtime — or perhaps just slowdowns — have already cost you business. That’s where Webmon, our sponsor this week, comes in.

Webmon is a real-time monitoring service that can monitor everything about your site. It monitors most web protocols, including HTTP, DNS, SMTP, TCP & ICMP based internet facing destinations for Uptime & Availability from the outside looking in. If the online service is down or in a bad state you get notified via email and sms as well as through multi-stage escalations (stage 1 – Sys Admin, stage 2 – Manager, stage 3 Director, and so on). Webmon lets you build custom triggers for thresholds, too.


You can create dashboards to see how your services compare to each other or to other sites Globally. This also allows you to look at Service Level Objectives. It also goes far into Multi-Step HTTP Transaction Monitoring for things like authentication forms and shopping carts. And if you’re curious, you can even dig into how Webmon works. Whatever you need monitored, Webmon is the tool you need to do it all, in realtime.

Give Webmon a Try!

Ready to start keeping a better eye on all of your site or web app’s vitals in realtime? Then go signup for a free 14 day trial of Webmon and give it a try. You can then keep everything monitored after that starting at just $8.99/month. That’s a small amount to pay to make sure your site’s working the best it can.

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Blogging has changed. When the first blogging services started popping around ’98, most people used them as open diaries. Over time, blogs went further, and the concept of a diary fell apart. Still, they were still personal, but instead of carrying the events of our days, we now write opinions we believe are worth sharing (and some still use them as diaries — they’re just fewer and farther between). From diaries to opinion repositories, there’s one quality of blogs that’s never vanished: they’re personal.

Not only have bloggers reshaped their content, but the platforms have followed the transformation as well. From WordPress and Blogger to Tumblr and more, customization has always been an essential part of blogging. It’s like hanging pictures in your bedroom, making your space feel yours. Then came the digital magazines, like Svbtle and Medium, and theming became passé. Personality became lodged in the content. Now comes Roon, which abdicates most of the customization to leave place to what defines our generation: content.


Do you remember when you got your driver’s license? Do you remember being happy that day about finally passing the driving test? Perhaps you do. Or you are perhaps like me and many others who like good memories and treasure them but cannot quite fully recall them.

That is the problem that many of us have. We cannot save that feeling we feel during our good times unless we have pictures of those times to remind us of the pleasure. That is, of course, the whole point of the pictures, reminders, and status messages that we so eagerly post online.

Unfortunately, the social networks we use are not targeted towards private people who want to have a special group of people with whom to share their special memories. A pleasant exception however is an excellent web service called Memrify. (more…)

Beeminder is a goal tracking service that is not quite like anything that has gone before it. It can be used to log a wide variety of things you might do, from the number of times you go to the gym each week, to how dedicated you are to clearing out the clutter from your inbox.

I’ve been a fan of Beeminder since my girlfriend introduced me to the site. I fell in love and started using it to track the number of articles I was writing and various other goals. Seeing a graph indicating my progress is often all the encouragement I need to stay on track and stick with what I’ve set out to do, and I decided to catch up with Beeminder co-founder Daniel Reeves to find out where the idea came from.


It was a only a little under 3 months ago that we called Draft “The Word Processor for the Web“. A just-launched app that I’d been testing with a few of my colleagues, Draft was one online writing app that’d captured my imagination — and got me to rethink how I write my articles.

If you’ve already tried out Draft, it needs no introduction. Otherwise, here’s a quick summary: it’s an online markdown writing app that saves version of your documents as you write, lets you open and save files on your online storage services, and has built-in collaboration tools to let others edit your work.

That in itself is a lot, enough to make quite the dent in the online writing market. But Nathan Kontny, the developer behind Draft, hasn’t stopped working, and today Draft has quite a few extra features that make it better without making it more confusing or cluttered.


Imagine being launched into an unexplored world, without food or shelter, all alone and with an overarching fear for your hunger, sanity and health. That’s the context to Don’t Starve, a game all about surviving in a procedurally-generated wilderness made up of the resources you’ll need to survive and the dangers you’ll need to avoid. It’s a game that’s taken the Steam marketplace by storm, but most surprisingly, it’s also available as a web app in the Chrome Web Store.

It’s not everyday that a hyped Steam game is also available as game that’ll run in your browser, so we had to check it out.


Let’s face it: web apps have a bad name. People are scared of their apps running in a browser, worry when they see the word “cloud” tacked on the front of traditional programs (ala Adobe’s Creative *Cloud*), and cling to legacy apps that are installed on their computers even when there’s better options online.

At the same time, people are using web apps more than ever without realizing it. They’re using native apps for social networks and streaming music services, keeping their files synced with iCloud and Dropbox, keeping in touch with video calls, and more, all over the internet. But making documents in Google Docs? That’s too exotic. The very thought that Photoshop might to the cloud? That’s enough reason to riot!

What is it that has people scared of web apps? In the time you’ve used web apps, what’s made you keep from committing to them and using them full-time?

I’m asking this as a web app fan who uses tons of native apps daily — even though I love web apps, I’ve lost data in them and had them run too slow when my internet connection is flaky to make them worth using. So I’d love to hear what you think keeps people from using web apps. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

This *would* be our weekly poll, but we’re calling the post a discussion if we don’t have an actual poll and are instead asking for your thoughts, as some of our readers have requested.

Web-based accounting software has been increasing in popularity recently. In today’s world of cloud computing and remote working, it can help companies work more efficiently (as employees do not have to work from a fixed location) and often, web-based accounting systems can reduce a business’s IT costs, as they often charge a monthly subscription fee, rather than lumping the company with a massive bill for server upgrades and expensive licences.

Kashoo, from the Vancouver-based developers of the same name, is one of these systems. It helps users say goodbye to the days of slow and complicated accounting systems and promises to save every user 5 to 10 hours a month when it comes to doing the books. This is a bold claim, so I took the test version of Kashoo out for a spin to see how it fared.


Skype, FaceTime, Facebook, and more have revolutionized how we communicate with others. It continues to blow my mind how we are busting through the walls of communication to work with others who are miles apart. It’s more normal these days to collaborate with people across the planet, in many ways, than it is to collaborate with those across the hall. It’s a brave new world.

One new app that can make communication simpler, in many ways, is Collaaj. It’s an app that lets you communicate to others using video, audio, and your Mac. It’s the collaboration of Skype combined with the simpleness of email, in a way that’ll help you get your point across to others better than you could with just text and images but without having to be online at the same time.

We’ve taken an in-depth look at Collaaj over at Mac.AppStorm, using the Mac app, but it’s equally great even if you’re only working on the web. Read the full article to get the scoop on why you should try out Collaaj.

Continue Reading at Mac.AppStorm…..

You’ve got a photo that you’d love to use, but need to take out its background. Shouldn’t be so hard, right? Well, it’s not, assuming you have an image editor installed on your computer. But then, we all don’t have Photoshop installed, and even if we did, it’d still take several steps to knock out the background and get the isolated image you want.

That’s where Clipping Magic comes in. It’s a web app that does one thing well: taking the background out of your images. What was once a complex tool that required expensive software is now something anyone with a browser can do in seconds.


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