- Can I get Simon to periodically e-mail me to reassure me it is still working?
Yes, you can do this by using the
Pulse service, with
Change filter. The Pulse service simply outputs the current
date and time, so the output is always different. Then the Change
filter detect that difference, marking the test as Changed.
You could also do this by adding a test for a frequently-updating
page, like http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/, which changes every second.
Either way, check it at whatever frequency you want to be e-mailed,
and have an
Email notifier for changes. You can customize the
e-mail message to say
I'm alive! or whatever you like.
- Can I get more voices for the Speech Notifier, or voices in different languages?
Yes! A third-party company called Cepstral LLC supplies several
high-quality voices, both in US English and several other languages.
See the Narrator Voice Talent page to hear samples, and for links to
download or buy the voices.
- Can Simon check that an application is still running on a different computer?
The Application service can only check for applications running
on your local machine. But if you enable the
option in the Sharing system preferences on the other computer, you
can use the SSH service to log in to the other computer and execute
commands on it by modifying the SSH service to issue the
-A command after logging in, then use Smart Change Detection
to look for the application you want.
You can try it in the Terminal to see what such a session might be
like, or just use Simon's Capture Session feature to generate the
- Can Simon give a success or failure based on essential text missing?
Yes! The Smart Change Detection feature looks for the text in
the Start text box, then the End text, then compares the text between
those two against what it had the last time it checked.
This is useful to detect changes in a portion of the page, but can
also be used to detect unacceptable changes.
The usual way to do that is to just provide a Start text block, and
not an End one. Then if the Start text isn't found, that is a failure.
So for example, if you do a telnet Script-based check, you'd want it
to be considered a success only if this is output:
Escape character is '^]'
So you'd put that in the Start text block, and leave the End block
Then if that text isn't found (as would occur if telnet couldn't
connect to the server), Simon will log a failure.
- How can I check that a Notifier is set up correctly?
You can quickly test any notifier by clicking the [Notify Now]
toolbar button in the Notifiers window. It will perform the notification
with placeholder variable values, so for the E-mail notifer, it will
send the message, if set up correctly.
- Is there a shortcut to enter URLs for Web (HTTP) tests?
Yes, you can enter URLs with very minimal text, and Simon will
fill in the rest when you click [OK]. It automatically adds the
default protocol ("http://") and the "www." and ".com" if necessary.
For example, typing "apple" (without the quotes) will be saved
as "http://www.apple.com/". Similarly, entering
"dejal/simon" will end up as
- Where is the Simon data stored on my computer?
The data is stored in a folder within your Application Support
folder. The preferences are stored in your Preferences folder,
naturally. The locations are as follows, where
your home directory:
- Why isn't my E-mail Notifier working?
I seem to get more queries about the E-mail notifier than any
other feature. Usually, it comes down to not filling in all of the
fields, or setting the wrong authentication.
So the first thing I'd recommend is checking that both the To and From
address fields are filled in with valid e-mail addresses.
If that doesn't help, check that the Outgoing Mail Server is correct
in the E-mail Transport Options panel – if you use .Mac, make
sure you enter just "smtp.mac.com" (without the quotes), and
not the colon and username following.
If still not working, try each of the
Authentication options in
that panel, with the appropriate User Name and Password entered. Also
try turning SSL off. It's not always easy to tell which will work.
- Why isn't the Automatic transport for the E-mail Notifier working?
Firstly, you need to have set up a valid mail configuration in
Apple Mail (or possibly other mailers). You also need to make sure
that the From address you specify uses the same server as one of your
Mail configuration, as it finds the configuration based on the server
- I have another question about Simon; where can I find out more information?
Check out the Simon User Guide; it includes lots of information
about the application.
Copyright © Dejal Systems, LLC
Last updated on June 3, 2011