Multiprotocol instant messaging program is an instant messaging program which can connect to multiple IM network simultaneously. Usually a multiprotocol instant messaging program support AOL, ICQ, Jabber (Google Talk, Gizmo), Windows Live Messenger, IRC and Yahoo Messenger. Some of these popular applications are Pidgin, Miranda IM and Trillian – Multiversal.
If you are one of the users of multiprotocol instant messaging program, you might want to try Digsby. Digsby supports Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook Chat.
Besides that, Digsby allows you to receive updates from social networking sites:
– MySpace – updates to your friends’ profiles, status, and private messages. Provides instant access to various parts of your MySpace account, such as your profile, home page, blog, etc.
– Facebook – updates in your friend feeds.
– Twitter – allowing you to easily submit new “tweets”, and view your friends’ tweets – Multiversal.
To use Digsby, you are required to create Digsby account, which can be done from Digsby website or Digsby installer. The registration is free. By creating a Digsby account you can synchronize your account across multiple locations and computers and keep all your settings, which is a very useful feature. Digsby is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Choose From Tons of Domains – Multiversal
At FreeDNS, you can choose from 43,811 (as this post was written) domains and create a subdomain. FreeDNS is actually a free DNS, dynamic DNS, static DNS, subdomain and domain hosting. FreeDNS also offers URL redirection service. For example, you can redirect http://yourblogname.blogspot.com from some more unique URL.
To create a URL redirection service with FreeDNS, first you need to be registered on the site. Registration is free. Next, browse the registry, and choose the domain that you want.
You can search the database to look for domain with a specific keyword. Click on the domain name (lol.my for example), and on the next screen, choose a name of the subdomain that you want to use for your URL. For example, entering tmsnetwork and your URL will be http://tmsnetwork.lol.my. Just leave other options to default value. Save the subdomain to add your URL to the database.
Next, click the URL that you choose earlier to edit it, and then click ‘Forward to a URL‘.
In ‘Redirect to’ field, enter the target URL that you want the new URL to be forwarded to. You can tick ‘Cloak’ if you want the target URL to be cloaked using the new URL
Explanation of ‘Force Dir Root’:
For example, with a Web Forward setup like this:
http://site1.afraid.org maps to:
With directory root,
http://site1.afraid.org/anything/anything.html would map to:
Without directory root:
http://site1.afraid.org/anything/anything.html would map to:
Notes: You will get instant activation if you choose a domain that marked as ‘Public’. Using a ‘Private’ domain are upon the domain’s owner approval.
Monitoring Your Site’s Server Uptime
If you are using paid web hosting services, having your site uptime to the maximum is a must. Most of the web hosting companies claimed that they can provide a 99.9% guaranteed uptime. While most of them are trying to provide the best uptime your their customers, there are some web hosting companies that failed to provide the guaranteed uptime to their customers. Here are some external free services that you can use to monitor your site’s server network uptime- Multiversal.
You will be alerted immediately by email or sms text message (if your telco support sms message via email) if your site ever becomes unavailable for any reason including network outages, server outages, server overload, dns configuration, or ssl certificate problems. The minimum monitoring interval is 15 minutes per check for free service. Basicstate.com also provides you daily e-mail report, and a nice uptime statistic graph. However, there are no public report, and no uptime button that you can put on your site.
The free service will allows you to monitor your site’s server with a minimum interval of 30 minutes per check. You can monitor up to 2 domains. Weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly e-mail report is available. Host-Tracker also offers the uptime button which you can put on your site. You will be notified via e-mail if your site’s server failed to respond. Upon registration, you will get a 30 days trial of its premium services, which allows you to monitor your site’s server uptime in 1 minute interval, and have daily report to be sent to your e-mail.
SiteUptime free uptime monitoring service will give you the ability to monitor 1 domain, 30 minutes of monitoring interval, uptime monitoring from 4 locations, monthly e-mail reports, public statistics and uptime button. You will be alerted via e-mail if your site’s server failed to respond.
No registration is needed. Just enter your site URL, and you will be given the code of uptime button to be put on your site. Your site will be monitored in 30 minutes interval. No e-mail notification is available when your site’s server is failed to respond.
Your site’s server will be monitored in an hour interval with Hyperspin free service. Public report, daily, weekly and monthly e-mail reports is available.
Monitoring Bandwidth Usage and Download/Upload Transfer Rate – Multiversal
Sometimes, we might want to monitor how much bandwidth is being used by a program. Sometimes, we also might want to keep track on the volume that we download and upload in a day, last week, or last month.
Monitor is a handy freeware that will let you monitor your bandwidth usage. It will shows you the list of process that are running on your system and how much bandwidth are being used by those processes. Monitor enables you to monitor the exact upload and download rate of a program. This will let you to monitor any suspicious bandwidth usage by of unknown programs.
Monitor also keep the record of the download and upload volume.
Monitor will be installed as services, so the bandwidth usage will still be monitored even if you don’t run the client software.
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