Friday, July 30, 2010

** SPOT Shared Page System Operational **

Not too long after the previous post the SPOT Shared Page system was back online. It appears as though everything is fully operational now.

** SPOT Shared Page System Down **

Sometime this evening around 6:20 PM America/Chicago time the SPOT shared page system went completely down and has rendered the XML Interface inoperable.

I'll post again when I know more.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One Million Messages!

SpotWalla reached a milestone today when the one-millionth location was acquired via the SPOT XML Interface at 17:46:31 America/Chicago time. The location originated from Billings, Montana USA.

Ya. I know. Small potatoes, but a milestone nonetheless. :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

SPOT Shared Page System Operational

SPOT's shared page systems came back online around 11:20 PM America/Chicago time last night. Given the number of locations that came through the interface, it appears all messages sent during the down time period were recovered.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

** SPOT Shared Page System Issue **

Sometime this evening around 8:00 PM America/Chicago time the SPOT shared page system is partially down and is no longer receiving new messages. Some of you have likely noticed this already. I noticed it when reviewing the interface statistics and saw that no new messages had been received. We're receiving old messages, but no new messages so the SpotWalla/SPOT interface is operational.

I called SPOT customer service. They are aware of the issue. I was told that they expect the systems to be back online and fully operational in the next couple of hours.

Y'all hang in there.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

** DOWNTIME ** Monday July 12th, 2010

SpotWalla will be down starting at 11:00 PM on Monday July 12th until 12:00 AM for a system/application upgrade. This upgrade will take longer than the ones before as we will be performing various system security updates as well as a database upgrade. And, of course, we'll update SpotWalla with these latest updates:
  • URL Security
  • Custom Message

Securing your location data is important. When enabled, the Last Known Location widget allows you to share your location with others. Embedded within the URL is an ID that identifies the device. Once this URL is exposed to the world on your blog or in a forum post or any other medium, your location has the potential of being compromised. This upgrade will allow you to generate a new ID/URL for the device thereby invalidating the previous URL. Conceivably, you could expose yourself to the world while you're on a trip and generate a new URL when you get back. If a web crawler or person saved your URL for later usage, it wouldn't work.

The functionality described above is also available for trips. Additionally, trip IDs are no longer sequential which will eliminate the ability of someone or something from snooping in a suspicious manner.

The Last Known Location widget, by default, displays an international stop sign when the last location falls within an active secure zone. Now you can configure each secure zone with a custom message that will be displayed instead of the international stop sign.

During this upgrade all SpotWalla interfaces will be down. SPOT devices will recover missed messages when SpotWalla comes back online. Since the Google Latitude and Yahoo! Fire Eagle device interfaces do not provide location history, these devices will not recover missing locations sent during this upgrade.

I don't anticipate the upgrade will take longer than 30 minutes, but if problems arise the upgrade may take the full hour. I'll post here on the blog when the upgrade is complete.