Down for everyone or just me?
By stretch | Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 6:04 p.m. UTC
Some time ago I stumbled across a handy tool for verifying whether a remote site was down or simply unreachable from my location: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/.
True, the domain is a bit unwieldy, and no details are offered on just how thorough the tool is (or isn't), but it can offer at least one recourse before hopping on IRC to proclaim that the sky is falling. Not that that ever happens.
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October 20, 2009 at 9:03 p.m. UTC
lynx -dump http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/alouche.net | head -n 1 It's just you. http://alouche.net is up.
Looking at my logs
188.8.131.52 - - [20/Oct/2009:20:28:56 +0000] "HEAD / HTTP/1.1" 302 0 "-" "AppEngine-Google; (+http://code.google.com/appengine; appid: downforeveryoneorjustme)" 184.108.40.206 - - [20/Oct/2009:20:28:57 +0000] "HEAD /blog/ HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "AppEngine-Google; (+http://code.google.com/appengine; appid: downforeveryoneorjustme)"
It is just sending a HEAD... good enough.
Due to the fact that it is using the google APP engine, it is either running Java or Python, hopefully the latter ;-)
October 21, 2009 at 12:04 a.m. UTC
I use this quite often. It can be pretty handy.
On a lighthearted note, ask it if downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ is down and see what it says :P
October 21, 2009 at 12:51 p.m. UTC
For popular sites, I usually just look for the site name on twitterfall. If it's down, it swiftly becomes apparent :-)
October 27, 2009 at 8:51 p.m. UTC
Here is another cool link I like to use whenever I have a customer saying that his site is down:
November 23, 2009 at 9:12 a.m. UTC
If the site is down, wouldn't you then like to know when it goes back up?
(yes, its a shameless self plug, but come on, its exactly on target)