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Small application to monitor IP traffic on a BlackBerry - 1.01.03

 
So now we are on a new public version 1.01.03.

This software is free and I let the user voluntary decide if they want to donate or not. It's my tribute to all the helpers around in the community. You may consider, though, a PayPal donation in order to support the future development of MiniMoni. Please do read the appropriated statements in the "Donation" tab carefully.


Main features:
  • Counts the IP traffic on GSM/GPRS/EDGE network in byte.
  • Scrolling graph to visualize the traffic of the last minutes.
  • Builds sums on a daily and a time period basis.
  • The day the period ends in the month is configurable.
  • A lot of functions can be configured in the preferences in particular to show in bytes or kbytes.
  • Maintains a daily and a period's logbook. Logbook entries can have user remarks.
  • You may switch on an alarm once a particular amount of traffic volume is reached in the period.
  • For devices with SD card the program can write the content of the logbook to SD.
  • Separate "Traffic watch" to observe the traffic for a limited period of time separately (Testing of an application etc.)
  • Supported languages are English, German and Italian.
  • Auto starts on device reboot and installation of new versions.
  • Tested and proofed to work on different BlackBerry devices.
  • Changed in version 1.01.03:
  • Fixed the bug that causes an exception while opening a logbook with more then 100 entries.

  • Have a look on the screen shots in the tabs to see more about the program.

    Please keep in mind: The way of measuring data usage is different from the one your provider might use. In dependency of the cost model there might be several effects of rounding this way increasing the amount you have to pay for. So I'll not take any responsibility for that!!

    Please note that I give no warranty on the proper function of this application. Neither will I take any responsibility for damages to your devices.

    Please note as well that this will work on GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks only. In particular there is no support for CDMA. The current RIM API does not support that.

    USE IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!

    From the release notes:
    
    1.01.03 - 27.03.2008
        - Fixed the bug that causes an exception while opening a logbook
          with more then 100 entries.
    1.01.01 - 17.01.2008
        - Fixed the bug, that the billing period is not recalculated
          when you changed the billing date in preferences and saved.
    1.01.00 - 15.01.2008
        - Intermedieate version
    1.00.16 - 12.01.2008
        - The monthly alert is now registered in the alert profiles of the devices.
          So it follows the normal behaviour of all other events. If you set the alert
          profile to off, MiniMoni does not alert visualy and soundly either.
    1.00.14 - 10.01.2008
        - Changed the way to display the roaming icon
    1.00.12 - 09.01.2008
        - Changed the save interval for the logbook to 5 minutes.
    1.00.11 - 09.01.2008
        - First working for firmware 4.1 release
        - Fixed a lot of stuff to support 4.1 devices
        - For 4.1 devices SD options are not available
        - Added some code for roaming detection. A roaming icon is shown in the header if needed
        - Some changes to the website including download pathes for 4.1
        - Added Spanish language version. Thanks to blackberryitalia.it community
    1.00.8 - 05.01.2008
        - The Application Icon contains an exclamation mark once the limit is overdrawn.
    1.00.2 - 04.01.2008
        - There is the default menu in the Edit Remark screen now allowing the
          change input language
          
    I list the main topics I have on my to do list here.

  • Establish a daily volume alert - Coming soon
  • Check the opportunity to distinguish between BES/BIS and APN traffic.
  • Distinguish between traffic counter in roaming and no roaming.
  • Establish a newsletter the user may subscribe to - Done
  • Provide a version for 4.1 devices - Done with 1.01.01
  • Register the application in the alert profiles - Done with 1.01.01
  • Change the save interval for the logbook to 5 minutes - Done with 1.01.01
  • Describe the procedure to update the application on the web site - Done with 1.01.01
  • Add Spanish version - Done with 1.01.01
  • Improve the main window on smaller screens - Done with 1.01.01


  • Other small things are on the way as well.

    To update MiniMoni to a new version please respect the following rules:

  • Don't deinstall MiniMoni before installing a new version. You will loose your logbook, the counter values and preferences otherwise.
  • Close MiniMoni before installing a new version. Or at least go to the menu and choose "Update now". Both ways will cause MiniMoni to write the last values to the permanent store. Otherwise you might loose some counted traffic of the last hour (maximum).


  • You may support the development of MiniMoni by giving a donation via PayPal. It helps me to cover the costs for signing the code by RIM (otherwise the Auto-Start feature doesn't work, for example) as well as other costs for this web server etc.

    Please DO NOT donate before TRYING the software. Only send me money if you have the program working, and feel like it! There is no need to, and I can't give you extra support or help if you do before you have it working!

    If you really like MiniMoni and it does help you save money please consider to make a donation.

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    The main screen on an 8800

    The two top lines contain the daily and monthly cumulated traffic. Updated every minute.
    The daily will be reset at midnight and a record is added to the logbook.
    The monthly will be reset at midnight at the last day of the month.

    The graph in the middle shows the traffic over the last minutes. Please take into account that the amount is logarithmic by base 10. The figures are representing bytes. Updated every second.

    Cycle elapsed time is an internal measurement to show how many milliseconds it takes to calculate all values during the last second. Updated every second.

    In and Out show the cumulated traffic on the device since the last reboot. Updated every second. Accordingly max/s show the maximum number of bytes per second since the last restart of the program. Updated every second.

    Net does show the string of the current provider name.

    Volt shows the status of the voltage of the battery as well as the gauge below shows the percentage of battery load left. Updated every minute.

    Please not that on devices with a screen height of 240 the lower fields are not shown (see below for an 8800).

     
    The main screen on an 8800

     
    The main screen - the graphic output is stopped

    Using the appropriated menu function (Toggle graphic) or pressing "s" the graphical output can be stopped and started. All counter and calculations necessary for the statistics continue to run. Use this to reduce the processing time of the program and this way to may be prolonging the battery live time.
     
    The main screen with the main menu

    Logbook
    Show the logbook screen - see below
    Preferences
    Show the preferences screen - see below
    Traffic watch
    Start a traffic watch or show the window if it was started before. The small watch symbol in the header line shows, if the watch is running in the background. You may use the key "w" in place of the menu as well.
    About
    Show the about screen
     
    Toggle graphic
    This menu point starts/stops the graphical output. See above for explanation.
    Update now
    Every hour the current daily and monthly are written to the persistent data store. This menu point forces this update immediately
    Reset period's counter
    This function resets the counter in the second line of the screen. Be careful! You can not redo this function and the previous value is not stored anywhere up to now. That will change in the near future. This function is intended to be used by people having a billing period different from month end or people having unlimited data plan but travelling and during their stay in another country want to take care about the volume. Arriving simply reset the firgure and have a track then. Please consider the preferences as well to eventually switch of the automatic cut at period's end (today it's the month end).
     
    Show data stores
    This function is for debug purposes only. Normally it does not exist.
     
    Close
    This closes the application after a security question. The behaviour depends on the preferences - see below.

     
    The main screen with the traffic watch on top

    Once the traffic watch is started this screen is shown. The screen may be left by the <ESC> button. The watch keeps running. If the menu point is chosen again, the running watch is shown with the current values. The watch can be stopped with the "Stop" button of this screen only. While the watch is running a watch symbol is shown in the header bar.
     
    The logbook screen

    This screen shows the collected logbook records.

    On the top the summaries are shown with the last date and time this data was written to the permanent record store.

    The bottom of the screen shows the collected records. Navigation can be done with the trackball or page wise by 3 (up) and 9 (down).
     
    The logbook screen with the remark window on top

    A remark can be added to every entry in the logbook. The purpose is to remember some circumstances under which the traffic was generated.
     
    The logbook screen with the menu

    Edit remark
    Show the remark screen - see below - for the current entry.
    Write logbook to SD
    For BlackBerry devices with an SD card installed this function will write the content of the logbook to a file in the "blackberry" directory on the SD card. The name is: MiniMoni.DD.MM.YYYY.log
    Period's logbook
    Shows a similar to this one screen containing entries generated on the period's end cut.
    Purge logbook
    Displays the following screen to make some housekeeping on the logbook.
     
    The logbook purge screen

    Here you are able to select how many days the data should be kept, when you press the start button below. The check box "Include period's logbook in purging" controls if the period's logbook entries should be purged as well or not. This way you may purge the day entries keeping the monthly entries for further checking.
     
    The logbook purge screen after completion

    After completing the logbook purge this screen shows the number of records purged/number of remarks purged.
     
    The preferences screen

    Show scale lines
    Controls if the scale lines are shown.
    Nice graphics
    Controls if the header background is shaded.
    Gray background
    If the header is shaded this option defines if a gray or an orange color is used.
    Show in kB
    This switches the display to show the figures in kB instead of bytes.
    Show cycle elapsed time
    Move automatically to background
    If this option is checked, the application is moved to background after 60 seconds of not being used.
    Never terminate
    This option ensures that the application is never terminated, even if you use "Close" from the main menu.
    Stop graphic in holster
    Checking this, the application stops the graphical output as described above, every time the device is put into holster. Taking it out from holster restarts the graphic (if it was not stopped manually before putting the device in holster)
    Reset period's counter at period's end
    Use this to control if the period's counter is reset automatically add the end of the period. Uncheck this here in order to use the manual reset counter function.
    Billing day
    This is the day in month when the period's cut should happen. The following rules apply:
  • The cut is done at 00:00:00 this day every month.
  • If the application was not running at this time, it is done on the next start.
  • If the actual month has less days then "Billing day", the cut occurs at the last day of the month.
  • In the logbook screen line 4 you can see the start and end of the actual period.
  • Enable period's limit alert
    If this option is checked the device gives a vibration and optical alert once the limit (in bytes) is reached.
    Please take into account, that the traffic measured this way, does not necessarily fits to the one you find on your bill. In dependency of your cost model there might different ways of rounding.
    Period's limit (in bytes)
    Enter the number of bytes after the alert should be raised.
    Disable alert in holster
    Decide if the alert should be given in holster as well.
     
    The about screen

    The two buttons at the end offer you the opportunity to:
  • Compose a mail to the author (mail application automatically started on your BB)
  • Check for a new version OTA - Please don't mix OTA and DM installation if you have chosen one way, please keep it! Your logbook may be destroyed otherwise!

  • Thanks to metsfan from blackberryforums.com for the valuable hints on donations.

    Thanks to Klotar from blackberryforums.com for the valuable input and the very first donation!

    Thanks to blackberryitalia.it community for the Italian translation.

    Thanks to blackberryitalia.it community for the Spanish translation.

    Thanks to nicotin from blackberryforums.com for the help in testing version for firmware 4.1.

     

    © Axel Ehnert / 2007-2008
    Last modified: 27.03.2008