If you have an iPhone or iPad, then DataMan Pro may be your answer.
When I upgraded to the iPhone 5S, I switched from an unlimited data plan to a capped data plan. After a few weeks, I also discovered that I was using significantly more data than with the iPhone 4. I was close to exceeding my new cap and didn’t want to pay any data overage charges, so I needed a way to track my data use.
My carrier provides text alerts at set usage intervals, like 50%, 75%, and 100%. I enabled those first. After a couple weeks, I decided that I wanted more details and even thought that some type of data use forecasting would allow me to proactively adjust my data use rather than be reactive when I receive a text message from my carrier.
I read several reviews for data tracking apps and settled on DataMan Pro. The price was $4.99, but that is less than just one data overage charge, so I decided to give it a try. After several months of use, DataMan Pro is everything I expected, and more.
After a brief setup where you identify the start and end days of your billing cycle, the size of your data cap, and how much data has been used in the current cycle, DataMan Pro begins tracking your mobile and wifi data use. It runs in the background utilizing the background refresh feature in iOS 7.
DataMan Pro Features
DataMan Pro features settings for notifications at four adjustable levels. I matched my notifications to my carrier’s notifications to test accuracy. Unsurprisingly, the data tracking accuracy is excellent. I receive my carrier sourced text messages at nearly the same time as my DataMan Pro notifications.
Users are also able to customize the display of the main DataMan Pro screen and can choose the level of detail, background color, and font.
Many of us are bombarded every day by the various sounds, message boxes, and vibrations made by our desktop computers, phones, and tablets when a new notification arrives.
Photo by Noel Schäfer
Many years ago when I first started using a desktop email application, I changed the settings to check the server for new mail in the shortest interval possible, I think it was every minute. I wanted read that new mail the instant I received it.
Later, I clearly recall being in awe of the notification options available to me when I bought my first smartphone. Suddenly, I could receive notifications about text messages, news, weather alerts, sports scores, social network interactions, and more. Nearly every app on my phone provided some kind of notification.
Within a year, I was experiencing notification overload and decided I needed to eliminate as much of the notification distractions from my life as possible. If anything, just to get my some sanity back in my life.
There were two things I did to get the notifications under control and reduce the distractions.
If your gas oven does not heat up, then you might need a new oven igniter. Replacing an oven igniter is not nearly as scary or dangerous as it sounds. In fact, if you can assemble an entertainment center, a grill, or something similar, then you can replace an oven igniter. How do I know? A few weeks ago, and for the second time in three years, the igniter in my gas oven stopped working, and I replaced it myself.
What is an Oven Igniter?
The oven igniter does exactly what you might guess. It has a metal and ceramic element that gets very hot when you start the oven. When it reaches the proper temperature, a sensor triggers a switch that allows natural gas to flow into the burner tube. The natural gas then ignites due to the hot igniter, creates the flame, and the oven begins to warm up.
If the igniter is not hot enough or doesn’t get hot at all, the sensor will not allow gas into the burner tube and the result is the oven stays cold. A nice safety feature, don’t you agree?
Here is a picture of my old, burned out igniter.
The good news is that replacing an oven igniter is relatively easy.