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Simon review, sponsoring sites

I read a nice review of Dejal Simon today on the Pixo Bebo blog:

On the surface, Simon is a simple Mac utility which runs all the time, checks web pages, sends out notifications when things are not as they should be. Behind the scenes, Simon is a top-notch server monitoring system with bells and whistles, and each of them have bells and whistles.

and:

All this extra effort on Simon’s part sounds as if it should be ultra complicated, yet, step by step, I found I could fill in the blanks in the Edit Test window, and get Simon to do more. I especially appreciated the notifiers, email messages to tell me what was happening. Cool.

Read the review.

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I'm the MacTech Spotlight for October 2007

MacTech magazine has a monthly feature at the back of each recent issue called "MacTech Spotlight", where they devote a page to Q&As with a developer or other personality in the Mac community. They've talked with Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba, Wolf Rentszch of Red Shed, and several others.

This month was my turn.

I haven't seen how the article turned out yet (my copy's in the mail), but hopefully it'll be okay. :) I talked about how I originally got into computers and programming, how Dejal got started, what I like about Apple and Mac OS X, how I come up with product ideas, and more.

For those interested, MacTech offers discounts on subscriptions - 60% off the cover price, or a limited-time offer of a six-month sub for only $9.95.

Too unintentionally with continuation sinking

Something I found amusing: I noticed a mention of the Time Out 1.5b1 release on Plateaus.com, a Japanese site (via my site referrers), and auto-translated it to English using Google... admittedly a beta translator. Here's what it came up with:

When work and music are done, (with saying, as for work almost it is Windows but), too unintentionally with continuation sinking, when the air is attached, the eye and the shoulder [gakugaku] is good.

This timeout as at the time interval which is appointed shown under, putting on the thin cover in the picture, (can adjust also transparency), in order to break, you teach. In addition, the script which is executed at the time of sound and start and the end which are let flow when starting and end break (also Automator, AppleScript and the Python script) or the appointment etc of application is possible.

Standard setting is, the public official of the country whether with "micro" break in 10 minutes 10 seconds, with "usually" break in 50 minutes 10 minutes (the [do] [tsu] of is like but), but you are appointment possible by your. It is useful unexpectedly. It is the freeware.

Auto-translation is hard, eh. :)

Time Out featured on Lifehacker

Time Out is a featured download on Lifehacker today. They seem to like it, which is always nice. Lifehacker is a great productivity blog, that I read every day, and recommend to others.

I appreciate the publicity, though I kinda wish it had come in a couple of weeks time, as (by popular request) I am planning to release Time Out version 1.5 with the new icon, and a few other improvements, around that time.

If you've come here from Lifehacker or elsewhere to get Time Out, go ahead; the current version is very good... but the icon is somewhat aesthetically challenged. So come back in a couple of weeks to get 1.5 - Time Out will tell you when it's available.

Version 1.5 will remain freeware, for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later.

As for Time Out 2, it is still in development, but will require Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) as a minimum, so version 1.5 will tide people over till Leopard is out (and for people who don't upgrade).

Simon reviewed on mac.pocket.at

Simon has just been reviewed at mac.pocket.at (in German). Read the review, or the automatic English translation.

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