Dejal Simon 1.2 Monitors Internet Sites -- Joining Maxum's venerable PageSentry and James Sentman's powerful Whistle Blower in the server monitoring category is Dejal's Simon 1.2. Simon can monitor Web pages, FTP servers, and local applications, and it can also perform DNS and ping tests. If a service has failed, Simon can notify you by email, by speech, by playing a sound, by launching a user-specified application, or by performing one of a set of canned actions. What's perhaps most unusual about Simon is its capability to detect changes in Web pages and notify you of them; sometimes you want to monitor more fine-grained details than merely whether or not the server is working. Although Simon doesn't offer as many tests as the other products, it's less expensive, with a Basic edition offering 3 tests for $30, a Standard edition providing up to 10 tests for $60, and a $200 Enterprise edition that allows an unlimited number of tests. A fully featured trial version is available from Dejal's Web site as a 2.5 MB download. [ACE]
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.