Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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    Are You Ready to Take the Speed Geek Challenge? Posted on April 1st, 2015 by Catchpoint Systems

    We computer geeks are an interesting bunch. After spending the first 20 years or so of our lives being picked last in gym class and looked down upon by the high school All-Stars of the world, we tend be late bloomers in our post-college years. That’s when all the accumulated nerd knowledge starts to come […]

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    Introducing AirOps: The Internet of Flying Things Posted on April 1st, 2015 by Catchpoint Systems

    Since Catchpoint was founded, we’ve seen where all of this was headed. You may have seen our slogan “Monitor Everything” on the homepage. Well, we meant it. We started with web monitoring because the internet is the foundation for most modern technological achievements, and its pervasiveness throughout our lives made it clear that the ultimate […]

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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bytes Posted on March 26th, 2015 by Robert Castley

    In today’s modern web full of high-speed connections, company brands and their respective product images are the online ‘window display,’ serving to entice prospective customers into their site(s) to purchase holidays, cars, luxury goods, gold iWatches, etc. Images on sites can count towards a significant amount of the total bytes downloaded, and without an image […]

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    Google PageSpeed Double Loading: A Third Party Blind Spot Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Ryan Pellette

    As humans we often trust a product or tool, and innocently believe it works as expected. However, in today’s complex web world with multiple factors at play and products changing on daily basis, this trust could turn into a big blind spot. Two of the most popular dynamic page optimization solutions are Google’s PageSpeed products, […]

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    How to Prevent Third Parties from Dragging Down Your Web Performance Posted on March 16th, 2015 by Peter Saulitis

    Last Friday, we covered how the abundance of third party tags on a site can harm its performance, ultimately torpedoing the marketing efforts with which the tags are supposed to be assisting. Fortunately for IT, there are best practices and technologies that can improve your site’s performance in the face of all of these tags, […]

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    The Truth Behind the Effect of Third Party Tags on Web Performance Posted on March 12th, 2015 by Peter Saulitis

    Marketing technologies are exploding across the web. Digital marketers are harnessing emerging analytics, tracking, social, and advertising platforms to calibrate their 1:1 marketing efforts and maximize ad revenue. To deliver the level of personalization that customers have come to expect, a brand might easily use 20 or more web-based marketing technologies. Sadly for IT/Operations, most […]

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    Is There a DNS Doctor in the House? Posted on March 11th, 2015 by Craig Lowell

    An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what if the apple itself is sick? Starting a little before 6 am EST on Wednesday, users across Apple’s various internal applications services such as iTunes, iBooks, the App store, and several others experienced growing frustration as repeated attempts to access these services were met […]

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    Packet Congestion Ahead Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Roman Kurjewicz

    Why the 200ms delay? Over the course of our work, we have the fortune of diving into numerous network issues. One particularly interesting one involves a curious ~200ms delay in the acknowledgement of the response packet for small HTTP responses. This doesn’t sound all that terrible unless you have a number of small images, 204 […]

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