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Recently got a free iTouch after finally purchasing my Mac Book Pro under the “Back To School” Promo which will end on 16 Sep 08.
So i checked out the app store for any free apps/games and noticed i needed to purchase the iPhone upgrade for iTouch at USD 9.95. Well, didn’t came across as too expensive, so purchased i did and downloaded the following FREE apps/games.
- Twitterific (Category: Social Networking). I twit some garbage collections here by the way.
- Airport Status (Category: Travel) – To check airport statuses.
- Talking Spanish, Italian, French (Category: Travel) – In case i sign for Real Madrid or AC Milan.
- GPS Tracker (Category: Navigation) – Well, i am an infantry company scout during reservist. So…
- Free Hangman (Category: Games(Free) ) – The only worth-while free game.
- Remote Desktop Lite (Category: Business) – Provider access to a PC running, woohoo, Windows XP.
- Checklist (Category: Productivity) – Think “Get Things Done(GTD)”
Now my iTouch is packed with apps, the default ones + the downloaded ones, and they flows to 2 screens (1 screen can only contain 16 apps). So i placed all the important apps on the 1st screen, naturally.
Worth the USD 10 bucks? Probably. Do note that the installation took 30 minutes and just a handful of clicks, the rest are magic. Bonito!(Spanish) Buono!(Italian) Beau!(French)
Anyone has other good recommendations? Non-Free or Free.
Just discovered an online tool that allows me to run code snippets in many languages such as php, python, ruby, haskell, lua and many else. (See all http://codepad.org). Sure you can use irb for ruby, etc, provide you’ve install them on your box.
The results of code run are also available via a URL (Check out my ruby snippet. )
Well if someone doubts your code and is lazy to go over your desk when you argue that it works on your machine(yeah, it “always works” locally). Just send them that code result URL !
Found a simple load testing tool called http_load that can be used to test the throughput of your website.
Basically after downloading the tar file and doing a “make”, the executable http_load will be available. Create a file(i call it “urls”) to list down the urls that you want to test. Then run this command,
./http_load -rate 5 -seconds 10 urls | grep msecs/connect
Output: msecs/connect: 15.9684 mean, 46.466 max, 9.378 mi
I believe monit can also monitor remote hosts, but http_load is a quick way to do so with an easy setup in 1 minute.
While going through a Ruby tutorial website, i came across the term “Palindrome” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palindrome
“A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that has the property of reading the same in either direction”
Eg: “Hannah”, “Damn, I, Agassi, miss again! Mad!” (http://www.palindromelist.com/)
Check out the longest Palindrome ever (http://norvig.com/pal2txt.html )