Fugly Side Project ???

For the last few months, I’ve spent many of my evening hours working on a side project. Usually that ends with my solving whatever interesting problems there are and moving on to something else. But this time it stuck. I built a Fugly Side Project called Dog Ear that tells you when your servers go down.

I’ve used uptime monitoring services in the past and they all seemed to send false positive alerts too often. At least often enough to bother me. So the implicit goal of Dog Ear is to do less of that. Hopefully much less of that.

Today Dog Ear is light on features. For instance, it doesn’t support multi-region monitoring, though that’s something I’d like to add. And although the web app is responsive, there’s no iPhone or Android app. Alerts are sent via SMS and email thanks to a couple of reliable providers and I have also farmed out credit card processing to Stripe. It’s easier for me and it’s safer for my future customers.

The plan is to keep costs low and grow Dog Ear slowly. Hopefully subscriptions will cover my server costs at some point. I’m not quitting my day job (I’m quite happy and fulfilled there, thank you very much), but this is something I care a lot about and want to improve.

So you know, there’s a 14 day free trial (no credit card needed) and a limited free plan in case either strikes your fancy.

I hope Dog Ear is useful to you or someone you know. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.


P.S. The free plan is, much like Dog Ear itself, a bit of an experiment. I didn’t originally want to offer it but I decided to add it after a lengthy discussion with a friend.


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