A Twitter Based Alert System

A Twitter Based Alert System

We were in need of an alert system for our system in order to notify relevant parties of any errors which would occur in our production servers. There was already an email alert system in place but hey you have to admit no one is going to be checking emails 24×7 yea? :) … We needed a solution like getting an SMS to our support team’s phone, but we didnt have any SMS gateway available. This is a potential solution…

    Org-mode – the extensible emacs add-on for outlining and project management

    Org-Mode: Your Life in Plain Text

    emacsOrg-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system, and it’s FREE.

    Org-mode is an add-on for the popular free EMACS editor (programmers editor) and adds a full outline and todo list. All the files are stored in standard txt (ASCII) format so can be edited by any software if required. If you have a dropbox account you can store your outlines on your dropbox account and edit them using any editor or use the EMACS add-on to see the proper outlining.

    The author suggests that this wonderful outline tool can be used for GTD, planning, notebooks and web/pdf authoring. There is also extensive documentation. There are some good tutorials covering introduction and power users guides with a useful screencast overview (25 minutes).

    The beauty of this product is that it is very extensible and can be adapted by power users to do just about anything that requires outlining and maintaining lists. The files can be published to HTML and XHTML plus other formats such as LaTeX and Gantt Charts for project management integration. There’s a very interesting tech talk from GOOGLE that discusses Org-mode (46 minutes) and well worth listening to.

    Leo Laporte’s Podcast network has recently published a podcast that discusses and talks to the author (Carsten Dominik) about org-mode – well worth a listen (as are all the FLOSS podcasts)

    Mobile Website Development

    Mobile Website Development

    Do you know how to create a mobile website? Or more importantly, do you know what a mobile website is? Domus Dish has covered this topic quite a bit, but in case you’ve missed it, a mobile website is what smart phone users see when looking at your webpage from their phones. There are many differences between mobile and traditional websites, which is why your website may not work for many smart phone users.

      ToughPrint – Waterproof paper for inkjet and lasers

      Toughprint 100% Waterproof Paper

      Well its fairly self-explanatory, we hope. Toughprint is a 100% Waterproof sheet that looks, and feels like paper but with the added bonus of being so tough it won’t tear even when wet. Toughprint can be used for all sorts of applications where normal paper would not cope even when laminated.

        Virtual KVM Swtiches and PM Portal (OpenSource)

        okvm – Open source virtual KVM solutions

        KVM switches allow a single operator to control multiple computers and they have evolved from patch panels and mechanical switches to digital KVM switches and KVM over IP devices. However they all involve some hardware switch device. The notion of “virtual KVM” involves using software to route the operator’s Keyboard output, Video input, and Mouse output to/from the target computer – over the IP network.

        Synergy – virtual control of multiple computers

        Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

        Redmine – Full project management portal

        Redmine is a flexible project management web application written using Ruby on Rails framework.

        Making Websites Mobile Friendly

        Making Websites Mobile Friendly

        Making website more mobile friendly – Google article on how to make your website more friendly for those people browsing using a mobile phone. This article from Google looks at both SmartPhones and traditional mobile phones (using WAP, etc.). It then talks about how Googlebot-Mobile trawls your website and the user-agent strings that help it ascertain the information required for mobile phones. The format used being:

        [Phone name(s)] (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1;
        +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

        The article then goes on to talk about:

        */ Websites with only Desktop Experience Content

        */ Websites with Dedicated Mobile Content