My father-in-law asked me, shortly after he started using his first iPhone, what were my favorite Apps. I began showing him my network and server monitoring Apps but after a while he started to look at me like I was crazy. He said that none of the Apps I had shown him looked like fun. I like Apps that help me sleep at night and that is what I told him.
“You mean you don’t have any games?” my father-in-law said.
I am an IT administrator, also known as a sysadmin, so I use Apps to monitor nearly every piece of equipment on the firm’s network. Apps such asLithium which monitors everything possible on the firm’s networks, an app for network scanning called Ping Lite, one for calculating subnets simply named aSubnet, and so on (you probably don’t know what a subnet is but every network has at least one).
To use an App like Lithium I had to set up a server to capture all the data as well as make changes to all the firm’s networked equipment. This took some time but it was worth the effort.
Then the iPhone and iPad Apps display the data for me with great detail. This graph is showing how fast the firm’s mail server is writing data to its hard drives. Having data like this literally at my finger tips helps me answer questions and make decisions.
The remarkable thing is that this data gets to my devices in real time.
Why did I tell you about an I.T. App? I find Apps for the things that interest me professionally. You will seek out Apps for the things you do or want to do. My father-in-law likes games but he is also interested in financial news. So I began to tell him about an App called Flipboard.