It's a lot to watch. I could use Nagios, or text logs, or spreadsheets, but none of these has the right feel for date-and-time data.
Date and time data belong on a calendar.
Somewhere, long forgotten, I saw a post by folks who'd used Java to turn system administration data into Google calendar entries. Google calendar has an API, so I tried it myself.
Google calendar means I can share it with other folks who care -- like my boss.
Google calendar means I can make little calendars for each thing -- each its own color -- and watch them all at once.
Google calendar means I can search it. It's my "to-did" list.
I used Perl because it's familiar. I've used it for years and so I can cobble stuff together, fast.
In the next couple of posts, I'll
- show how to set up the calendar(s)
- offer up the code, which makes entries from the command-line
- show how to set up Firefox to watch the entries in a sidebar