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Comment follow-up: Mon.itor.us provides free site uptime monitoring

A few days ago, I wrote about MonitorServerUptime, and I received a number of very interesting and informative comments that pointed at various alternatives. I went through a number of options and finally found Mon.itor.us, which was recommended by commenter Nnyan. The site offers a basic site monitoring service, but it also has a Premium version (which is paid). The main thing that I liked about...

Add volume and battery meters (and more!) to your Windows 7 superbar

We've covered a few Windows 7 friendly status indicators before -- like these two for monitoring your CPU and memory utilization. Another developer decided to have a go at his own version, and the results are pretty slick. Five meters are available: power, volume, disk, CPU, and memory. The meters are very configurable, with options for custom colors, overlays, and whether or not to launch the...

Pingdom Desktop Notifier tells you when your web site goes down

A little while back, the Pingdom crew released a handy iPhone app which enables on-the-go monitoring of your website through their service. Now they've added a desktop application to the mix - perfect for those times when you're relaxing comfortably at your workspace. The notifier runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and it's dead simple to set up and use. Install it, enter your credentials, and ...

Keep an eye on your system's vitals with Yet Another Process Monitor

Fans of the ribbon interface who want a full-featured alternative to task manager, check out Yet Another Process Monitor. Apart from showing task manager-esque information about running processes, YAPM also provides details about Windows services and your network activity. The system information panel provides realtime monitoring of processor, memory, and disk activity. Service startup types ca...

Monitor websites in Firefox with Pingdom's Mr. Uptime

There are plenty of ways to be notified when a site comes back online, like previously mentioned Ding, It's Up and Notify Me. If you're a Firefox user, you may as well use an extension that's powered by the granddaddy of monitoring services, Pingdom's Mr. Uptime. When you encounter a supported error on a page whlie browsing, the Mr. Uptime toolbar is displayed to allow you to monitor the curren...

Simple, Free Drive Space Monitoring With Tray Disk Free

Size isn't everything when it comes to useful downloads, and Tray Disk Free is a perfect example. The 29k Windows only app goes resident in your system after launching and monitors the free space of any drive on your system. You'll barely notice the 1mb of ram it consumes. Click the tray icon and Tray Disk opens its main window behind your other apps. Its taskbar button gives you a full display o...

Portable PC Wizard Analyzes, Benchmarks, Slices, & Dices

We love kick-ass programs that run from our flash drives and don't take up a ton of space - especially when they come at us with a truckload of useful features. CPUID's PC Wizard is a portable system analysis and benchmarking with tricks to spare. Apart from offering an incredible amount of information about the hardware and software in your computer (file associations, driver versions, hardware...

Gmail adding log-in monitoring features

Have you ever asked yourself, "Is someone else using my email account?" Well, if you're the cautious type, Google just added a few log-in monitoring features to its email service, so such paranoid questions won't feel so pressing anymore. Wondering if you're Gmail account is open in multiple locations? Just look at the very, very bottom of the main Gmail page. It'll say something to the sound of...

Mint 2.0: Web stats package gets major upgrade

As I get more serious about the writing I'm doing on a couple of personal sites, I've also become more interested in finding a good web statistics tool to learn everything I can about my visitors. This is why a 2.0 upgrade to Mint, a powerful and stylish web-based monitoring package we found back in 2005, couldn't have come at a better time. Created by Shaun Inman, web designer extraordinaire, M...

Live website monitoring with Site 24x7

Have you ever owned a website and decide to log on to one day to check it out, but can't because it's down? I have, and it's not cool. Especially since you have no idea how long it was down for, or what exactly happened. Enter Site 24x7, a website monitoring service that checks the online status of your web property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This online tool makes HTTP/HTTPS requests at r...