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See All Your Books in iBooks

The iBooks app for iOS lets you assign your books to different collections, but does not have any obvious way for you to see all of your books, regardless of the collection you have put them in. There is, however, a workaround that can show you just about all of your books at once: reveal the search field at the top of any collection in iBooks and type a single space into that field.

With this search, iBooks lists all of the books that have a space either in the title of the book or in the author's name. Other than the rare book that has a one-word title and a single-name author, you end up with a list of all of your books.

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Michael E. Cohen

 
 

Simon Monitoring Tool Updated

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Dejal Systems last week released Simon 2.2, the latest version of the company's Internet service monitoring tool, which can also check for content updates to Web pages. Notable in 2.2 is the addition of a Script service that enables Simon users to create their own specialized tests using AppleScript, shell scripts, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, or any other scripting system available at the command line. The Basic service, for checking Web sites, now supports checking https, feed, and file URLs; can check forms that use POST as well as GET, and remembers and uses cookies. Other changes include a new MySQL service, a Specific DNS service for looking up a domain name with a specified DNS server, a Growl notifier, numerous interface tweaks, and a variety of bug fixes, among much else (see the full release notes for details). Simon 2.2 is now a universal binary; upgrades are free to registered users, and new copies cost $30 to $200, depending on the number of tests.

Although we don't have that many servers to test with Simon, it has worked well in my usage, alerting me promptly when something goes awry and when it returns. And since it's often checking while I'm asleep, I particularly appreciate its flexible notifiers, which can, for instance, speak alerts, but only during work hours.

 

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