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Website Monitoring Services

July 12, 2009

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Website Monitoring Services

Following the migration of a number of my websites from physical servers to virtualised hosting, many of the sites experienced worrying outages. I subsequently went in search of a decent web server monitoring service that could shed some light on the actual downtime. The following is a review of the top 3 of those services, along with screenshots and recommendations.

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HD Resolution Smackdown: BluRay vs AppleTV vs DVD

May 18, 2009

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HD Resolution Smackdown: BluRay vs AppleTV vs DVD

HD, SD, 720p, 1080p & Upscaling – wheat from chaff I once penned an email to my friend (Sarah) extolling my perspective on the relative quality a range media and TV hardware resolutions.  The data was far from scientific, but it’s based on a reasonable exposure to a range of media and output formats.  The […]

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Google Reader iPhone App: problems

May 16, 2009

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Google Reader iPhone App: problems

The Google Reader iPhone App (or any reader application for that matter) and Desktop Readers are the types of interfaces [and if not the model for those] that will eventually the replace age-old practise of scanning broadsheet newspapers, the writing for which is already on the wall.  This makes these types of UIs crucial in […]

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Trust Me

April 13, 2009

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Trust Me

I would (if I knew what you were trying to say) Having been a fan of Thomas Cavanagh in Ed, I so very much want to like this show, but I am just not sure how it wants me to feel.  Eric McCormack plays Mason, the newly appointed Creative Director of the Mink Group, after […]

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Transporter 3

April 4, 2009

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I am fan, but this is Woeful Transporter 1 was fabulously B grade but at its core, a good vehicle for a thin, but action-packed, story.  Transporter 2 was ludicrously funny a decent-enough plot and good martial arts screnes to keep you interested.  Transporter 3 however .. well: Jason Statham & Luc Besson – you […]

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Book Review “Eats, Shoots, & Leaves”

January 20, 2009

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by Lynne Truss Okay, so on the surface, a book described as “Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuaction” doesn’t exactly sound  like a riveting read, and it’s not – but, it will have you laughing out loud in the most public of places.  I’m not a grammarian, but Ms Truss possesses a command of English that […]

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Movie Review “Babylon A.D.” (2008)

January 9, 2009

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Never under the influence of white spirits (.. shall I rent a movie again) With a score of 5.3/10 from IMDB and an inclination towards action and sci-fi, I thought this might fill my needs.  Oh, how wrong I was. Vin Diesel never has never had a great screen presence, especially when he’s the star […]

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TV Review “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”

January 8, 2009

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Season 1 Saucy, surprising, audacious, personal, tantalising.  Billie Piper’s execution of the role far exceeded my expectations. Buy it Now: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Season 1) DVD *New* – eBay Television Shows, DVDs, Movies, TV Shows, Movies. (end time 11-Jan-09 13:29:41 AEDST).

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Mens Chronograph Watches: Rated

January 7, 2009

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One industry mans ranking of the best mens watches you can buy: The Best of the Best A.Lange & Sonne Jaeger Le Coultre Patek Phillippe Vacheron Constantain Group 2 Audemars Piguet IWC Maurice La Croix Maurice La Croix Masterpiece Baume & Mercier Group 3 Brequet Girard Perriegaux Franck Muller Parmigiani Panerai Ulysse Nardin Omega Zenith […]

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TV Review “Pushing Daises” Season 2

January 5, 2009

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Wilting 🙁 It seems that the executives, eager to tone down the zaniness of the show to appeal to a broader [more stupid] audience, have had their way with the vigour that blessed Season 1. The music is subdued, more conventional and much less original than that featured in the first season. The narration, once […]

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