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When { system_events_occur(); tell_me(); }

1. Install monitoring agent

2. Receive event log notifications

3. Send where you like

4. Manage from anywhere

It’s that easy…
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Tell.  Everyone.  Now.




1. Install

2. Subscribe clients

3. Send notifications

4. Manage from anywhere

It’s that easy…
 Download RAINSTORM 0.6

tick-smallNo dependencies on other middleware (such as .NET, etc.) so what you download is what you need.

tick-smallNo complex installation process – just extract the archive contents wherever suits you best.

tick-smallManage RAINSTORM using its built-in web server (by default http://localhost:9880).

tick-smallCreate any number of notifications.  These can be sent to new subscribers automatically, or broadcast to all subscribers manually.

tick-smallWatch filesystem folders (mapped and UNC) for custom notification files which are then translated and  distributed automatically to subscribers.

tick-smallNotifications can include a title, some text and an icon – they can also be set to be displayed sticky.

tick-smallRAINSTORM uses the open source Snarl Network Protocol so any SNP 3.0 compatible application is supported.


Minimalistic application launching

GopherLaunch (“Go” for launch) is the most minimalistic application launcher you’re likely to see – or not see, for that matter.  Collapsed, it takes up less room than a desktop icon – and even when it’s expanded, it’s still pretty minimal.

Way back in the day (1999 to be precise), we wrote a little launcher called “S:Kimo-Jo” (you can still find it if you Google hard enough).  It picked up quite a following at the time, but Real Life intervened and it drifted into obscurity…

Well – almost into obscurity.  A few of us kept using it and recently we figured that, given it’s survived this long, maybe we could give it a make-over and put it back out for a new generation of users to enjoy.

Here’s why it’s really cool…

It’s smaller than a desktop icon, and not much bigger when expanded;

Drag files, folders, URLs and short cuts onto the gripper to add them to the bar;

Hold CTRL while releasing the mouse button to remove an item from the bar;

Release the mouse button while selecting an item to launch it;

Hold CTRL while over the gripper to move the bar around the screen;

Configurable background colour and other appearance settings.


Whether it’s a new wireless network detected, a new Tweet or Facebook update that’s tagged you, or a new post in a blog you’ve subscribed to – there’s stuff going on all the time.  The problem is you spend all of your time trying to find out about it.

Snarl breaks this down into a simple statement:

   when stuff_happens()

To find out more, head over to the Snarl site.


BoxR1.0 Beta 5 (Build 271) | Download | Release Notes

A centralised notification platform for your business.

Disseminating information around a corporate environment is harder than ever.  Staff may not always be in the office and – even if they are – may not be at their desk for long periods of time.  Smartphones and home-working have made it so much easier for staff to keep in touch no matter where they are – but how do you keep in touch with them?


Sometimes, it can be important to communicate out events – whether it’s to congratulate an employee on their promotion or award, or to urgently inform employees to events occurring within (or without) their working environment.

With Snowstorm, this problem is easily solved: Once Snowstorm has been installed onto your users desktop PCs, it will monitor specific local or remote folders that you define.  When a special notification file is created in a monitored folder, the file will be parsed and the information used to generate a Snarl notification on the user’s desktop.  You can decide who can create the notification files and – because Snowstorm can monitor multiple folders – you can configure which users receive which notifications.

Snarl allows for these notifications to be forwarded onto another computer, or redirected elsewhere – for example, to the user’s smartphone as a direct alert, an email or an SMS message – so now you can truly keep your staff in the know…

Installing and configuring Snowstorm on users PCs takes seconds, and creating notifications is just as quick. There are no special filename requirements (although you must use the “.notify” extension) and the content can be created using any ASCII text editor.

There’s no complex XML or HTML to include: just one mandatory section – [content] – and any number of [action] sections that you want.  The [content] section defines what’s displayed within the notification; the [action] sections add items to a drop-down menu that’s displayed when the user moves the mouse pointer over the notification.

To create subsequent notifications, simply duplicate an existing file (Snowstorm can be told to ignore duplicates), edit it and give it a new name – your message will be distributed immediately.

If you can map a drive to it, Snowstorm can watch it. Multiple folders can be monitored at the same time, and these can be configured on a per-user basis.  So, you may want all staff to receive corporate alerts, weather alerts and traffic alerts, but only certain staff to receive alerts about specific parts of the site, or specific sites themselves.

Simply create the folders you want, give them meaningful names, and point your users to the appropriate ones.  You may want a centrally-managed hierarchical structure controlled by a single team, or you may want project teams to be able to notify each other in a peer-to-peer manner – simply use use NTFS file permissions on the folders to control who can access what.