WatchMouse Develops Monitoring Widget for Apple Users

October 14, 2005 — WatchMouse has developed a new widget for dashboard,
aimed at Internet site monitoring. By means of the widget Apple users can
get direct insight into the accessibility of their own Internet site.

The widget can be downloaded for free from the Apple website. Last month,
WatchMouse was voted a Deloitte Rising Star in the Netherlands, as part of
the Fast 50 awards; the list of the 50 fastest growing technology companies.

In 2002, WatchMouse ( introduced a new concept for
Internet site monitoring. By means of ongoing simulations of Internet
traffic the accessibility of sites and servers is checked. If a site is not
responding, an alert message is sent immediately through SMS, telephone,
Instant Messenger or e-mail. The sites are checked from sixteen monitoring
stations worldwide. This is done 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The
service is completely web based: customers don’t have to install software,
everything is 100% self-service, which keeps the costs low.

The three founders of WatchMouse, Niels Eijsbroek, Stan van de Burgt and
Mark Pors are enormous Mac-fans with a total of fifteen Macs in their
possession. The monitoring widget is quite unique: it is a combination of a
desktop and a hosted application. When the widgets detects a problem with
the site it is checking, it alerts the user with a ‘beep’, followed by the
launch of a web browser, which is directed to a web application on There the site is checked from 16 different locations

Every five minutes

Every five minutes the dashboard widget checks one or more sites from the
users own computer. Also, the availability of the site during the last 72
hours is registered. A problem is followed by an alert, which is then
verified by all WatchMouse control stations.

WatchMouse has made the widget available free of charge “because we have
become addicted to it, ever since we started using the first beta version
of the widget”, says CCO Niels Eijsbroek. “We give the widget away for free
mainly for the fun part. And of course it’s also important to bring site
monitoring to the attention of our fellow Apple-users.”

The free WatchMouse site monitoring widget can be downloaded from the Apple

About WatchMouse

Companies can easily monitor their own Internet sites using WatchMouse’s
monitoring service. WatchMouse has been monitoring Internet sites and
e-commerce applications for companies throughout the world since 2002.
WatchMouse has thousands of customers in more than 70 countries. The
services supplied by WatchMouse are available in eight languages, and
analysis are performed from various locations and over numerous networks,
using a world-wide monitoring network.

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