A shell script to download a URL (and test website speed) alvin June 4, 2011 - 4:15pm

I've been having a problem with a GoDaddy website lately (see my GoDaddy 4GH performance problems page, and in an effort to get a better handle on both (a) GoDaddy website downtime and (b) GoDaddy 4GH performance, I wrote a Unix shell script to download a sample web page from my website.

To that end, I created the following shell script, and then ran it from my Mac every two minutes:

How to check iPhone minutes used (and remaining) alvin March 20, 2011 - 5:17pm

iPhone minutes used FAQ: How can I check how many "minutes used" I have on my iPhone plan (with AT&T or Verizon)?

As I was digging around for some other information I just saw how to check my AT&T iPhone minutes used. Since the iPhone operating system, iOS, is supposed to be the same across carriers, I'll assume this works for Verizon as well as AT&T.

How to check iPhone minutes used (AT&T)

Here are the steps to follow to check your iPhone minutes used:

An example Linux crontab file alvin October 21, 2009 - 10:25am

Linux crontab format FAQ: Do you have an example of a Unix/Linux crontab file format?

I have a hard time remembering the crontab file format, so I thought I’d share an example crontab file here today. The following file is the root crontab file from a CentOS Linux server I use in a test environment.

AppleScript time example: The current time as hours and minutes alvin January 1, 2007 - 11:49am

AppleScript time subroutine FAQ: Can you share an example of an AppleScript subroutine (function) that returns te current time?

Here's an example AppleScript subroutine (also known as a function or method) that returns the current time as hours and minutes, along with the AM/PM modifier. For the purposes of creating an alarm clock AppleScript program, I didn't like the default format of the AppleScript current date command, so I use this method to extract the current time information I want.