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Samsung SyncMaster SA300 20″ LED Monitor My Life 14 SEP 2011

It’s been a good handful days in terms of purchases thanks to the return I received from the Tax Man, Mr. SARS, including a brand new baby car seat for Jessica (for a whopping R1,400!), a Preacher graphic novel for a ridiculous R5, and second hand copies of Dante’s Inferno and Red Dead Redemption for next to nothing. And taking into account the money made from my successful little trip to Cash Crusaders on Saturday and then deducting the R900 or so for my tooth extraction, the end result of it all was that I had a little bit of spare cash available to me which I decided to spend on myself for a change – so I went out in search for a new desktop monitor!

Although I didn’t strictly need a new monitor, my 19″ Acer LCD is still going strong, the sudden loss of my laptop has deprived me of a standalone Windows machine, and seeing as my little Ubuntu server box is currently sitting quite underutilized at the moment, it would make for a perfect second desktop machine – and because I have such a huge desk space in the study, there’s no reason not to buy a second monitor instead of succumbing to the space saving KVM switches route!

So during lunch on Tuesday I raced out to the mall, and quickly did a fair bit of shop-hopping to determine what monitors are available, in what sizes and what would actually fit my admittedly fairly tight budget. As it turned out, the best monitor I could get for the amount of money I had to spend is actually the exact same monitor I recently got at work, the fantastic Samsung SyncMaster SA300 20″ LED monitor. I found if for R1,200 at both Game and Dion Wired, opting to purchase it from the latter seeing as I’ve never purchased something from them before and was keen to give them a chance.

The monitor itself is a thing of absolute beauty. Ultra thin and lightweight, the SA300 monitor impresses with its clarity and brightness, with an unbelievably wide viewing angle that basically allows you to see what is being displayed on the screen no matter which angle you approach it from!

According to its stats it is hugely power efficient, and like I mentioned before, Samsung’s dynamic contrast technology results in some of the brightest and most clear images that you can imagine for something not running in HD. It is in a widescreen format with suggested resolution running at 1600×900, a plus for me as it provides me with more screen real estate when programming in pane-heavy IDE environments.

Oh, and it comes with a standard year warranty in case you were wondering.

Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with this one! :)

My Pingdom Come: Uptime Monitoring made Easy! CodeUnit 05 FEB 2011

Monitoring your website’s uptime just became pretty easy, thanks to the remarkably clever Pingdom.com.

From their site:

If you are a business with an online presence, it is important that your website and other online services are available 24/7, all year round. However, all websites have occasional problems, whether the reason is external or internal, and there is a significant risk that you are unaware of these problems. Just because the company website is accessible from inside the company, does not necessarily mean it available from the Internet.

Poor online availability can become costly both in terms of lost goodwill and lost business opportunities. The Internet is more and more becoming the main point of contact, and if you are not there to be seen, you become invisible.

With Pingdom, any problem with your website will be discovered the minute it happens. You will be immediately alerted so you can take action before it affects your business. You will also be able to see detailed statistics of your website performance, giving you a historical record of all incidents.

And in terms of features?

Get alerts right away when your site has issues

You may already have internal tools for monitoring your infrastructure, but don’t forget about the end-user experience. People access your website from the outside, from the Internet. Pingdom does this external monitoring for you, making sure your website is reachable and responding well. You can get alerts both via email and SMS when there is a problem.

Track your uptime and performance

With Pingdom it becomes easy to see how much downtime your site has (and when) and how responsive it is. Charts and tables show your uptime and performance over time, so it becomes easy to spot trends and potential problems.

Get help with troubleshooting

Whenever Pingdom detects an error, additional tests are automatically performed to help you with your troubleshooting.

Monitor more than just your website

With Pingdom you can monitor websites, mail servers, DNS servers, FTP servers, networks, and much more.

Nifty.

Related Link: http://www.pingdom.com

Monitor Your MySQL Database: Spotlight on MySQL CodeUnit 24 MAY 2010

Spotlight on MySQL, or Spotlight for short, is a fantastic tool for monitoring the status of all your MySQL databases via one single screen display.

It basically allows you to specify a number of MySQL connection strings to various databases that you control and once connected, displays a host of valuable, real time information on a nice big black and green screen. It highlights essentially all database activity, from data flowing to and from the database, the number of active sessions, sql statments being executed and a host of more, indepth views of just what exactly is going on inside your MySQL server installation.

On top of all this, it also features a number of other graphical reports detailing various aspects of the MySQL server’s usage and allows you to set certain thresholds, triggering alarms when those thresholds do get crossed if you so wish.

An essential tool in monitoring the performance and stability of your MySQL installation, this really is one of those indispensable applications that you beg your boss to put up on a big screen over your work area, just so that someone at least can keep an eye on the all important backbone of your operation!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Spotlight works on MySQL server versions 5.0.3 and up (or else basically any that employ the InnoDB storage engine).

Also, although you can purchase the product for Commercial usage, there is a freeware version available for download which you can grab here.

Related Link: http://www.quest.com/spotlight-on-mysql/

Seeing Double My Life 24 DEC 2009

True, we already have these funky orange chairs to look forward to in Touchwork offices…

touchwork-orange-chairs…but they’ve gone one step further and finally caved in to my months of hinting, nudging and snide commentary: our dual monitor setups! Nice eh?

touchwork-dual-monitor-setupSo apart from the usual productivity booster, my cup of coffee, on my desk, I now have saved myself at least two clicks when in the middle of web development. What a great Christmas present I tell you! :)

Flat Out of Screen My Life 19 NOV 2007

lcd pc monitorNuts. So I mentioned last week that my (fairly) new second-hand flatscreen monitor had packed up rather unexpectedly, prompting me to haul it into work and get it sent off to our supplier to see if they could repair it.

It’s been gone for a week now, and I couldn’t help but smile just now as I walked back into the office to find it neatly sitting on my desk, swathed in bubblewrap and with a little delivery note next to it (plus, I really needed a smile, because damn, I’m feeling like shit at the moment thanks to this bout of Gastro I’m currently under with).

However, that smile quickly turned into a curse as the delivery guys left and I took my seat, turned to the delivery note and read:

“Faulty onboard Audio/Video controlling IC. Monitor is UNECONOMICAL TO REPAIR”.

Kak. Means I am now sitting with a nice new paperweight on my hands :(

(Well technically it is no longer on my hands anymore. Riethwaan has already swiped it off my desk.)