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As part of my job role I have to monitor and maintain VPN connections on several sites across the UK. This relies on many third party systems and networks, each of which have their own status pages. However non have their own RSS feeds.. This generally leads to a scramble around for links for status pages when we lose connection to a site.. That was until I read a recent blog post from Richard Tubb’s blog

The post featured a service called VisualPing which I’ve now set up to monitor and notify me of changes to the status pages. VisualPing takes a ‘screenshot’ at a specified interval, and compares it to the preview screenshot taken. If there’s been any changes it then notifies you via email. 

So now, I get the status delivered to my inbox – leaving me to get on with more important things such as speaking to the branch to explain the issue. 

I’ve used VisualPing to monitor service status pages, but as Richard’s pointed out in his post, you can use it to monitor any web page for changes! 

Thanks for Richard for this time saver.. 

Have you found a unique way to use VisualPing? Let me know in the comments section below. 



mountainduck_y_512Yes… You read that right.. Whats more – it wont be for just FTP sites either! With the all new Mountain Duck (Officially launched today) you can access FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Azure & OpenStack Swift server storage as if it was a local disk via the finder app!

Mountain Duck is CyberDucks younger brother, but packs quite a punch..

Due to my role, daily I find myself connecting to either FTP or SFTP locations – using Mountain Duck saves me so much time and fuss. Having the files available to manipulate directly in a finder window really makes life easier.

Check out the list of features below;

Features

  • Support for 8 protocols
    • FTP, with support for TLS
    • Amazon S3 Protocol, supporting
      • Amazon Web Services
      • Google Storage
      • Eucalyptus Walrus
      • Dunkel Cloud Storage
      • Host Europe Cloud Storage
    • WebDav Protocol support
    • SSH/SFTP Support
    • OpenStack Object Storage Protocol, supporting;
    • Rackspace Cloud Files
    • Rackspace Cloud Files UK
    • Internap XIPCloud Storage
    • Windows Azure Protocol Support
    • Google Docs Protocol Support
    • Dropbox Protocol Support
  • Toolbar Button – enabling quick and easy access
  • Quick Connect
  • Bookmarks
  • History
  • Bonjour
  • Open connections direct from finder
  • Support for Application launchers
    • QuickSilver
    • LaunchBar

 

Grab your copy now from the Moutain Duck website.



Apples World Wide Developer conference dates have been leaked by the hosting venues own calendar booking system! The Moscone West Convention centre in San Francisco has the dates between the 13th and 17th of June booked out, which falls inline with Apples previous WWDCs. 

There’s no official news from apple regarding the event as of yet. Generally the date is kept secret until the invites land on the doormats of the media and VIPs. 

The event is expected to be the launch platform for iOS 10 and OS X 10.12.. With potentially also the unveiling of new iterations of WatchOS and tvOS.

There are also rumours suggesting the Apple Music streaming service will receive an extra tier, a tier dedicated to higher resolution music. However there’s no indication of where this price point will fit. Or if this will actually be ready for WWDC 2016. 



The below VBScript can be used to completely remove all Microsoft Office 2007 components from a machine. This is a deep deep clean, so can take anything up to 2 hours to complete, depending on spec of the machine.

 



 3.5mm jack Lots of people are asking if I think the iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone not to feature the 3.5mm headphone jack.. Personally I don’t think this would make good business sense, sure Apple could (and probably will in the future) by selling a 3.5mm to lightning connector.. They may even bundle one in with the phone! 

However, it would make much more sense to enable audio output via the Lightning connector, and allow for an ecosystem of lightning headphones from the worlds leading manufacturers first. Then drop the headphone jack once everyone’s bought into the idea. This was also discussed on the Apple Insider podcast, which if you don’t currently subscribe to – you should! 

Of course the 3.5mm deserves to die, it’s been around since the early 19th century. It’s feature list is lacking, and it’s sound quality is good…… But it could be better! 

Opening up the Lightning connector to audio makes a whole load of sense, bringing with it even higher quality sound, which would work hand in hand with the worlds uptake on 4K media. 

Of course, the biggest bugbear is going to be the lack of the ability to charge the device while listening to music. However, as it stands lightning connected devices are not allowed to draw power from the device. This is set up in the Lightning adapter requirements that manufacturers have to meet to be allowed to use the connector. 

Sure it’s going to piss people off, but Apple are often found leading the masses to the new connectivity options, such as USB C and FireWire. At the end of the day, it’s the evolution of the quality of music driving the change, and not just their want for an even thinner handset. 

Only time will tell… But I’d be very surprised if the iPhone 7 is the first to sport no headphone jack!! 

Edit: Victor Marks has pointed out that such headphones are already in circulation, which you can see here





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