As part of our service agreement with our client, we monitor their digital signage and wayfinding system. We specifically built some custom tools to do this. The first tool is a web based monitoring tool which sends out alerts when a device on the network does not respond to ping or if the web server returns a specific correct code. We monitor servers, digital screens, digital signage players, projectors, control boxes and digital wayfinding systems. Here’s an example of the email alert we receive:

Monitoring Your Systems

This unit is currently switched off hence the reason why we received an email notification.

So you’re probably asking yourself why did we have to build a custom tool when there are so many tools available? The simple answer was “we build tools, so why not build a monitoring tool”. And so we did. We also couldn’t find one that met our needs ie, self hosted and one that is able to set specific periods when the monitoring occurs. ie Monday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM.

Web Based Monitoring Tool Systems

The second tool we build was to monitor the actual content that is played on the screens. To do this we ended up creating a web based tool in conjunction with TightVNC viewer.  Some of the instructions can be found here: How to get TightVNC viewer working in Java

ACTIVITIES

Below is a summary of today’s main activities, tasks and accomplishments:

  • Fixed an issue with email subscriptions – was a temporary fix
  • Enabled alerts on our monitoring tool

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FITNESS WORKOUT

Today, I did a fitness workout which consistent of the below exercises:

  • Rowing – 500m, 20 push ups, 500m, 20 push ups, 500m, 20 push ups, 500m, 20 push ups
  • Bench press – 10x 70 pounds,  10x 80 pounds, 8x 90 pounds
  • Lat pulldown front – 10x 40kg, 10x45kg, 10x50kg
  • Lap pulldown back – 10x 40kg, 10x45kg, 10x50kg
  • Seated row – 10x 40kg, 10x45kg, 10x50kg
  • Crunches – 150x
  • Run 1km – 5:07 @ 12km/h

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VEGETARIAN FOOD & MEALS
Breakfast

Cereal

Lunch

Cereal

Dinner

Vegetarian baked lasagna with cup cakes

Vegetarian Baked Lasagna with cupcakes

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DAILY REFLECTION 

Body pain – as you get older you need to take better care of your body. Just like when you buy a brand new car, the first few years you hardly have to do any maintenance on the car, but as the car gets older you need to spend more time and money on the car.

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