Showing posts from September, 2011


A very basic dashboard for monitoring cloud based services such as EC2 instances etc

The open source status page for cloud services and APIs.

Simple But Neat FreeNATS

FreeNATS is an open source PHP and MySQL based network status testing, alerting and reporting package.

FreeNATS allows you to test your network and generate reporting to give you a bird's eye view of what is happening.

FreeNATS allows you to test nodes with

Ping Test (ICMP)
HTTP/HTTPs Test (Web)
POP3/POP3s Test
MySQL Connection Test
MySQL Queries Test
TCP Port Test

Ideal for light weight use. Not as good as Nagios or Zenoss but for a basic LAMP configuration where basic reporting / alerting is required this is a nice fit.

Check it out

Monitorix - Easy Server Monitoring

Monitorix allows you to monitor system CPU load, file usage, disk I/O, network port activity, mysql statistics, apache statistics, system demand and much more.

# Install pre-reqs
yum install httpd
yum install rrdtool rrdtool-perl
yum install perl-libwww-perl perl-MailTools perl-MIME-Lite perl-CGI

# Download RPMs from monitorix
# Download the latest version for your arch e.g. CentOS

# Install RPM
rpm -ivh monitorix-2.3.0-1.noarch.rpm

# Start the collection agent
service monitorix start

Happy monitoring!!


CoffeeScript is a new programming language that compiles to javascript

you can download the latest version here from git

you can find a quick introduction to the key features / syntax here

Make File Synch Easier

For anyone looking to replace rsynch unison is a very useful bi-directional file synch program

Test Remote MySQL from JAVA

import java.sql.*;

public class MysqlConnect{
  public static void main(String[] args) {
  System.out.println("MySQL Connect Example.");
  Connection conn = null;
  String url = "jdbc:mysql://";
  String dbName = "my_database";
  String driver = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";
  String userName = "my_user";
  String password = "my_password";
  try {
  conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url+dbName,userName,password);
  System.out.println("Connected to the database");
  System.out.println("Disconnected from database");
  } catch (Exception e) {