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]
Keyboard-based Dock Navigation
If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and navigation, you may want try accessing the Dock from your keyboard. Press Control-F3 to enter the Dock's keyboard access mode. Then you can press a letter corresponding with an item's name to select it; press Return to open it, Command-Q to quit the selected application, or Escape to exit keyboard access mode. You can also use the arrow keys, Tab key, and other keyboard navigation keys to toggle between the Dock items.
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