Wednesday, May 18, 2016

**** To Blog or not to Blog - That is the Conundrum ****

And the answer is... we're not blogging any longer. Please see SpotWalla's Facebook page for news and updates. Here's a link...

SpotWalla's Facebook Page

Sunday, August 24, 2014

*** System Maintenance Sunday, August 24th ***

As part of a continual effort to improve SpotWalla's system infrastructure and to ensure SpotWalla operates at peak performance, we are performing some database maintenance Sunday, August 24th between 9PM and 10PM Sunday, August 24th America/Chicago.

During the upgrade all message interfaces will not be active. However, when SpotWalla comes back online all SPOT, InReach, Bubbler and SWConnect devices should recover all location data.

I don't anticipate this maintenance will take longer than 30 minutes. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Security Update: Heartbleed


A security bug was recently found in the OpenSSL software library., along with 50%+ of all companies with an Internet presence, relies upon OpenSSL to secure communications with its customers. Once alerted to this issue, the folks quickly patched their software and made it generally available to the public. was patched with the latest OpenSSL libraries last night. I don't have any evidence that was compromised in any way, but best practices dictate that we generate and install new SSL certificates. We will take this action tonight when activity subsides.

Additionally, I encourage all users to change their password just in case it was compromised. This is especially important if you're using the same password to secure multiple sites. For instance, you're using the same password for and online banking.

For more information on the issue refer to...

TechCrunch: Heartbleed

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

*** Upgrade Sunday, February 2nd *** will be upgraded on Sunday, February 2nd between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM America/Chicago time. This will be a relatively quick upgrade. I don't anticipate it will take longer than 15 minutes.

Here's what you can expect after the upgrade...

  • Elevation in both meters and feet wherever it's displayed.
  • For those who view trips, location pages and device widgets, the viewer's local date/time will be displayed wherever location data is shown. For instance, in the left-side pane's Last Location area and in the popup windows that appear when clicking a location on the map.
  • Over the years SpotWalla has added support for a lot of different devices. While some of the device makers offer email notifications as part of their services (e.g. SPOT and DeLorme), some don't (e.g. Bubbler GPS and SWConnect). I don't want to brag, but SpotWalla's email notifications are fully customizable. You define the format of the message, what information is contained in the message and even where that information appears.
  • SPOT has added battery status information to the data transmitted from their devices. SpotWalla will collect this information and display it where applicable.

Y'all have fun and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

** System Upgrade Wednesday December 18, 2013 **

Alright. The new system is built and, I believe, ready for primetime. So this Wednesday between 8P and 12A America/Chicago time I'm going to transition to the new system. I don't anticipate this take the entire 4 hours, but it will likely take at least one and possibly two hours.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Upgrade Complete... Kind Of

Tonight's upgrade was modified a bit. The new system never responded after the last reboot. Rackspace could not determine the source of the issue so I had to destroy it. I'll have to rebuild a new system and that's going to take a day or two. So we only performed the software upgrade tonight. More later. Y'all have fun.