Simon Free 3.1.1

Monitoring network uptime

I stumbled onto Simon while searching for a tool to monitor how well my ISP is keeping me on the internet. My connection has been flakey recently and I am looking for a tool to check every so many minutes to see if my connection to the internet is live or not. I'm interested specifically when it is not live so I can complain to my ISP.

So far over the last 45 minutes I can see that checking Apple Hot News, the Dejal blog, etc. seem to do this. I have a couple of questions about Simon though:

- How does Simon check the site? In particular will this annoy the site manager, say at

- Any recommendations on which sites to use to verify my internet connection? I don't want to be a nuisance.

- My internet connection seems to disappear every hour or two. How obnoxious is it if I were to check a connection every minute for a few days?

I would happily pay for a Simon that monitored how well my internet connection does if it logged loss of connectivity well (which I think Simon Free is doing now as I write this). And I think quite a few other people would as well. I'd buy one of the "real" versions although I'm not sure I really need it.

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