Barbary Monitor

By Deane Barker on December 6, 2005

Barbary Software: Cool little monitoring app written by an independent programmer in 17 weeks and 5 days of evenings and weekends.

Barbary Monitor continually monitors software and computer systems, showing at a glance which systems are working and which aren’t through a simple “green is good, red is bad” display. Barbary Monitor informs of problems automatically via e-mail. It checks whether websites are up, whether databases are running, whether hard drives have enough free disk spaces, and so on.

The developer says:

I’ve never met Eric Sink, but I’ve got to thank him – he wrote a number of articles in late 2004 that inspired me and convinced me that creating my own software product in my spare time could be more than just a pipe-dream.

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  1. We use Nagios to do this same job, but this app looks like it’s geared more for simple desktop use. Nagios is extremely flexible and can monitor all kinds of stats across multiple servers, but it’s not what I’d call “easy to set up”.

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