Only 7.2% of the top 10,000 sites support Accept-Language

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We sell proxies for GeoIP testing, but geoip isn't the right solution for every problem. We saw a great post on Hacker News a few weeks ago suggesting that sites should use the browser's Accept-Language header to determine language, not their region of the world, and we agree! This got us thinking:…

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Moving Ping Data to S3 & Athena

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We've been running our global ping statistics for years. Every hour we have every server on our network ping every other server, and record that data in MySQL. In fact, generating these ping stats led to one of our first blog posts. But as our network has grown, so has the burden of keeping all that…

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Databases

Useful Database Fields

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We've been running WonderProxy for a while, over time our rather skinny contracts table has been expanded with a few new columns, and joined data. Here's what we're happy with: managed Contracts that have this flag set are not deactivated by any of our automated systems. This is helpful for our larg…

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Databases

Our VPN, what we log, and why

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There's been a lot of interest in VPN services lately, mostly due to a change in US policy. WonderProxy offers VPN services, both as part of our proxy plans and through an individual VPN plan that provides access to one server in San Antonio, USA, and one in London, UK. We launched our VPN to help o…

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What to do when an employee moves overseas

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A lot of effort goes into building a great team, so when a member tells you they're moving to another country, it's a bit of a shock. Hopefully you've got a bit of time to consider your options. If you haven't deduced, one of our WonderFamily has recently moved 8 time zones, so we thought we'd share…

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Culture Working Remotely

Building New Things

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We're building something new at WonderProxy: a monitoring platform called Observ.io! It's pretty exciting and is a large departure from WonderProxy, which is a website wrapped around some off-the-shelf software (squid). Building new things is scary: there's so much you don't even know you don't know…

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