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TBTF for 1995-04-23: Watching for Web outages; naming heavenly bodies

Keith Dawson (dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com)
Sun, 23 Apr 1995 15:14:46 -0400



>>From NetSurfer Digest:


PAGEALERT(TM) WEB MONITORING SYSTEM EYES YOUR UPS AND DOWNS PageAlert will
monitor your URLs and immediately notify you via e-mail if there are problems
accessing your pages. There is also an option to send out a pager call if
your site goes down. PageAlert connects to the server hosting your page,
requests your URL, and notifies you if it encounters an error or if your
page appears damaged or modified. Price is $15/month plus $.02 per page
check. Click on the slightly ominous set of eyes at this URL to find out
more. "http://www.nfic.com/pagealert.html"

[I looked over this site. Worth a glance. Having this service check one
URL every half hour would cost about $45/mo.]

>>From AIP Physics Update:


OBJECTS AND FEATURES IN THE HEAVENS must be named
according to a systematic protocol laid down by the International
Astronomical Union (IAU). For example, features on Venus must
bear female names: craters may be named after mortal women, but
ridges must be named for sky goddesses. Uplands are named after
goddesses of love and plains after mythological heroines. On
Mercury valleys are named after radio telescopes while scarps take
the names of famous ships of discovery. Features on Uranus' moon
Puck are named after mischievous spirits, while features on Neptune's
moons are all watery spirits. Little did Virgil know that persons and
places in his epic poem Aeneid would 2000 years later be affixed to
maps of Saturn's moon Dione. And so on. (Sky & Telescope, May.)

[Or that the name of Saturn's moon Dione would be affixed to an HP-700
box in my office that acts as the POP3 (Post Office Protocol) server
for most of the Mac Eudora users in Atria...]

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Keith Dawson dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com dawson@atria.com
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