Category Archives: Tools

Free Web FLV Flash Player

I’ve used this product multiple times myself, so I thought it would be worthwhile posting it for anyone else looking for a web flash player. The great thing about it is it is very versatile, customizable, and FREE. The JW FLV Media player is suitable to handle FLV, MP4, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG and GIF formats.

The player, which can play both audio and video, was written by Jeroen Wijering quite a while ago and became very successful. He has since ran with the success and co-founded Longtail Video.

A useful thing to do with this player is to download a copy onto your computer. You can then load FLV’s you’ve downloaded from Youtube, etc. into it and play them offline. This eliminates the need to install a bloated FLV player onto your PC (which likely isn’t a problem for most, but meh.).

To see the video player in action, check out these funny videos.

Website Monitoring Service

[ad]I use Site24x7 for my website monitoring service – it’s nice because you can be notified via email and/or SMS whenever your site goes down. Sorry, it’s not free – I only use it because I signed up when they started and was grandfathered in. The website I’ve been working on has recently been having a lot of problems and I wanted to keep close tabs on it. This runs into a problem because Site24x7 only allows a maximum of 5 minute intervals for site requests.

A quick search on Google found HostTracker. It’s a handy web tool which does every Site24x7 can do (as far as I can tell). Better than that though, the 30 day trial allows up to 1 minute site request intervals…bingo! Very handy. The site is very easy to use and very helpful. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.