Last week Swizec wrote a brilliant (>30K views, >300 RTs) post for Zemanta’s FruitBlog about our internal status dashboard aka. Blinkenlights. I wanted to write a post about importance of measuring everything for a long time, but Swizec put it so eloquently that the only thing I have to add to his post are some implementations details that will hopefully show how trivial it is to build an effective visualization of your system.
It took me a hackday and a weekend to build the whole dashboard (and special version of it that works on iPad) and I’m not particular versed in web technologies. I hope this will provide an encouragement for you to build your own dashboard and join “The Church of Graphs” also yourself.