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Apr 26, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: My Max Bid + S/H Column

Greetings,
You can alter the per-item multisnipe price individually, by clicking on the item, calling up the context menu and selecting ‘Snipe’. Each item can have a different snipe price that way and yet be part of the multisnipe, so you can effectively do it by hand.

I’m loathe to do it in an automated fashion, because the complexity quickly skyrockets as you try to handle shipping, optional/required insurance, multiple item discounts, and other variables. I understand that the desire is for ‘just this feature’ (as shown in the interest in the RFE for this), but that was true of the ‘show shipping cost’ feature too, which somewhat begat this feature request.

Another problem is that it violates the principle of least surprise. The program should do as it’s asked, without any secret/surprising behaviors. I don’t always succeed in this, but it is my goal.

One more problem is shown with the recent failure of JBidwatcher to read the shipping values. If JBidwatcher were failing to read those values, you would end up paying more for the item (i.e. your full bid, $25 in this case, plus the shipping cost) than you had intended. Very few of JBidwatcher’s features fail in a way that can cause you to spend MORE money than you expected. This is on purpose.

Since you can already custom-set the snipe price on a per-item-within-multisnipe-group basis (i.e. do it by hand), I’m unlikely to add a feature for auto-calculation of varying multisnipe prices anytime this side of 1.0. I’ve tried to keep the bidding UI simple so far. Post-1.0, I’ll revist starting to add more complexity to the bidding process.

If someone wants to solve the UI issues, it shouldn’t be too hard to implement the back-end as each item can already have independant snipe values, but the UI is definitely complex to allow for all the potential options.

If someone wants to work on it, recognizing that it has to be an optional component, and clearly identified in the multisnipe entry screen, I’d be happy to include it in the program, and I’ll help by explaining whatever parts of the code you need explained.

Otherwise, it’ll have to be revisted sometime post-1.0.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Apr 14, 2004
Avatar (SF) Paul 6 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Select field

Can someone tell me on the toolbar, what the ‘Select’ field is for and how to use it.

thanks

 
Apr 4, 2004
Avatar (SF) stanwebber 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTML Interface

aside from removing completed auctions once a week from the jbidwatcher dialog window proper(using vnc over network at that), i use the html interface exclusively. naturally i welcome any more work put into it

 
Apr 2, 2004
Avatar (SF) Don Har... 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / JBid Splash Screen:Cat holding a sniper rifle

Look in the cvs for a file called jbidwatch_apr1.jpg .

 
Apr 1, 2004
Avatar (SF) Alan Fr... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / JBid Splash Screen:Cat holding a sniper rifle

P.S. to see the kitty again, exit JBidWatcher. Open JBidWatch.cfg in a text editor such as Notepad. Look for the line “sniperkitty=true” and change it to false. Save and exit. Restart JBidWatcher.

Alan “A.J.” Franzman

 
Apr 1, 2004
Avatar (SF) Alan Fr... 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / JBid Splash Screen:Cat holding a sniper rifle

And today is…

When I saw it I said “What the hell is that!?” then I realized. If you manage to get it to show up again, you can hit your “Print Screen” key to make a screen capture to the clipboard, then open any image editing program and do a “paste”.

Alan Franzman

 
Apr 1, 2004
Avatar (SF) Tyson F... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: My Max Bid + S/H Column

I would like to see a column that would show my maximum bid plus the auctions shipping and handling.

If you wouldn’t mind going a step further, I’d like to have a column that would be “Max with S/H”. Let’s say I find several auctions for the same item, but all have different S/H. I would like to enter in $25.00 for the item and have it automatically subtract the S/H to automatically determine my maximum bid.

Thanks

Tyson Flint
Kirkland, WA

 
Apr 1, 2004
Avatar (SF) Tyson F... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / JBid Splash Screen:Cat holding a sniper rifle

I could have swore that I saw a picture of a cat looking through a window and holding a sniper rifle this morning when I rebooted my machine which autolaunched JBid. Normally I just see a bird holding some binoculars. I can’t seem to reproduce the picture again. Is this supposed to randomly show when you start JBid once in a while? Is this an “easter egg”?

I’m running JBidWatch-0.9.3pre2.jar under WinXP with Sun’s Java.

I’d like to make the picture my wallpaper. How can I view the picture again?

 
Mar 29, 2004
Avatar (SF) Mat Severe 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Search in localized ebay sites

Hi!

How can I search in localized eBay sites? An example:

I’ve been looking for something and created a new search in JBidWatcher. When I start the search, the search is going to be executed on all eBay sites. How can I restrict the sites locally?

Thanks for help.

greetz,
mat

 
Mar 29, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTML Interface

Greetings,
The HTML interface needs a great deal of love to bring it up to speed… It was something I threw together in a brief period of time for my own purposes, and I still find it amazing that many people are using it.

I’m VERY willing to accept patches, although it’s been pointed out to me often by people who know open source better than I that I need to ask that you also assign ‘ownership’ to me, so that I can place it under my copyright with the rest of the code.

With that unpleasantness out of the way, I’m MORE than happy to accept patches that improve the usability of the HTML segment as I haven’t had the time to dedicate to that as I have with the main UI of the program. Definitely make your changes vs. the CVS version, although as of right now the 0.9.3pre2 code is tagget as JBidwatcher093pre2 in CVS, and released on the site.

You should find that your old patches apply relatively easily, as I don’t think I’ve made any noticable changes to the HTML display side of JBidwatcher.

Drop me a line with what you’d like to do!

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 28, 2004
Avatar (SF) gurkenf... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / jbidwatcher freeze at splash screen

hi folx,

JBidWatch-0.9.3pre1.jar freezes at the spash screen after the process bar is about 50% iam using j2re-1_4_2_04 on win xp. till yesterday i got no problems with the program everthing runs very well.

grettings from cologne, gurkenfreund

 
Mar 22, 2004
Avatar (SF) Don Har... 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Can't open Mozilla

OK I figured it out. For some reason you need to put "" like this “C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILL~2\FIREFOX.EXE” -url “%1” . This does not break IE 6. Hope this gets to you in time for the next version.
Thanks again for a great program.
Don

 
Mar 22, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Build JBidWatcher from source

Greetings,
Right now I recommend using ‘make’. I haven’t tested the ‘ant’ build in a while. I’ve been keeping it up to date, but I’m not sure it works.

My primary build environment is xemacs + jikes + command line. I’m afraid Eclipse, XCode, and JBuilder all have difficulties with my build setup. I’ll see if I can get the ant build working soon.

I’ve made a lot of CVS changes lately.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Mar 19, 2004
Avatar (SF) David K... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Build JBidWatcher from source

Hi there,

I just checked out the JBidWatcher sources from CVS and tried to compile them into a jar file with ANT and the build.xml. Ant is running ok with no errors but when I try to execute the jar I get errors about the “com.apple. …” classes not being found. But the folder “com” actually is in the jar file, java just doesn’t seem to find or look for the class files inside.

Has anyone got a tip on how to build JBidWatcher from CVS?


David

 
Mar 11, 2004
Avatar (SF) Daniel ... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTML Interface

Hello,
I’ve been using your program for quite a while and really enjoy the enhancements you’ve made to it.

What I would like to know is if you plan to enhance the HTML Interface in the next version? If not, would you mind if I made some enhancements and submitted them to you? I’ve already coded a fix for Bug 844101, because I need to use JBidwatcher through Apache using mod_proxy. I’ve also made a “current” page that only lists the current auctions. These have all been simple changes. I would really like to add the ability to multi-snipe, but that is a much more complex change and I wouldn’t want to do it if I’d need to re-do it with each version. Thanks for the great program!

Dan

 
Feb 25, 2004
Avatar (SF) Renato ... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Ebay associated site

Hello, developpers and others,
We have in Brazil an “associated” auctions site called “mercadolivre” – http://www.mercadolivre.com.br.
Is it possible to make JBidwatcher works with this auction site? What the changes/setup possibilities available to get it running with it?

Thanks a lot,

RSalles

 
Feb 22, 2004
Avatar (SF) Mark 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTTPS/SSL

Morgan,

Thanks for the reply. I didn’t realize how insecure ebay is/was being. I guess that I will just have to make sure that my enay password is different from any other password I use. Even just encrypting the login process would be nice though. BTW, why are some users forced into using old JRE’s? And are you looking for any help with this project?

Mark

 
Feb 21, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTTPS/SSL

Greetings,
Mainly because Java doesn’t support the https transport until around 1.4.1. I have a lot of users still using 1.3.x, and a few using 1.2.2. I try to preserve backwards compatibility as best as I can.

Now, the last time I looked into this was late 2002, and eBay’s https support was abysmal. It was just for the login, and then they basically spit back an encoded string in the non-encrypted sessions which was completely replayable. Bidding, My eBay, watching, etc., didn’t use https pages, so the data was sent in the cookies and the URLs. You can read my semi-rant on the topic here:

http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=608132&group_id=3914&atid=353914

I haven’t tried since then to see if things have changed. I imagine they have, and I’d have to see if it’s enough to fully support https.

The other note is that while at some point I’d like to be able to say that Java 1.4.1 or later is required, I can’t yet. This potentially means using Reflection for figuring out whether the JRE supports https or not, and stuff like that. I’ve tried hard to keep version dependencies out of JBidwatcher. It’s not 100% possible, but I do try.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Feb 21, 2004
Avatar (SF) Mark 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / HTTPS/SSL

Why does jbidwatcher not use HTTPS for transport of username/password to the ebay site?

Thanks
Mark

 
Feb 20, 2004
Avatar (SF) Don Har... 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Can't open Mozilla

Ok now I have broken mine too. I upgraded to firefox and my bidwatcher can’t launch it. I think it may have to do with popup blocking. But that is just a guess.

Thanks Don

 
Feb 12, 2004
Avatar (SF) Don Har... 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Can't open Mozilla

Thanks for the reply.
DIR C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILLA.ORG\\MOZILLA\\MOZILLA.EXE

The computer name specifide in the network path cannot be located

If I leave out the \\ and put in \ it does find the file. Not familiar with the \\ will have to look that up.

Hope you are felling better. Don

 
Feb 12, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Can't open Mozilla

Greetings,
Yeah, I’ve got a fix for the ‘selling items’ problem. The other is strange… If you go to a command-line window, and type:

DIR C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILLA.ORG\\MOZILLA\\MOZILLA.EXE

does it find a file?

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Feb 12, 2004
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / UserID/Password error...

Greetings,
You have to go into the Configuration display (File | Configure, or click the checkbox icon on the toolbar), and set your username and password in the eBay tab. Don’t see an eBay tab? You’re probably using the latest Panther (MacOSX), which hid the extra tabs in a tabbed list in a not-very-intuitive right-arrow-looking menu. It’s a solution to a bad UI problem, but I don’t like it personally.

Anyhow, once you’ve entered something other than ‘default’ into the user and password fields, that error message shouldn’t show up anymore.

I’m going to see if I can put it into an earlier tab, but as auction servers (like eBay) are dynamically added after the tab list is created it might be a bit difficult. This problem is annoying, though.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Feb 9, 2004
Avatar (SF) Paul Boos 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / UserID/Password error...

I set up the software successfully on my home computer, but at work, I get the following error (copied the whole error log):

Mon Feb 09 10:18:42 EST 2004: Getting the sign in cookie.
Mon Feb 09 10:18:43 EST 2004: Done Getting the sign in cookie.
Mon Feb 09 10:18:43 EST 2004: Cannot load My eBay pages without a userid and password.

In looking over the configuration, it appears that the password is encrypted. But the documentation says it is plain text.

This seems to affect My eBay, but suspect that it would also affect being able to place a bid as well. Anyone seen this issue? And how to correct?

thanks!
Paul

 
Feb 1, 2004
Avatar (SF) Don Har... 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Can't open Mozilla

I can’t get bidwatch to open Mozilla on my wifes machine. Mozilla is the default browser. It will launch from the command line. Here is what is in the error log.

Sun Feb 01 13:38:37 MST 2004: Getting the sign in cookie.
Sun Feb 01 13:38:40 MST 2004: Done Getting the sign in cookie.
Sun Feb 01 13:38:41 MST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 345… ()
Sun Feb 01 13:38:56 MST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 344… ()
Sun Feb 01 13:39:09 MST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 344… ()
Sun Feb 01 13:39:14 MST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 345… ()
Sun Feb 01 13:39:22 MST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 345… ()
Sun Feb 01 13:39:53 MST 2004: Launching browser
java.io.IOException: CreateProcess: C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILLA.ORG\\MOZILLA\\MOZILLA.EXE -url “http://www.jbidwatcher.com” error=0
at java.lang.Win32Process.create(Native Method)
at java.lang.Win32Process.(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.execInternal(Native Method)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Runtime.exec(Unknown Source)
at BrowserLauncher.openURL(BrowserLauncher.java:560)
at JBConfig.launchBrowser(JBConfig.java:46)
at JConfigBrowserTab$2.actionPerformed(JConfigBrowserTab.java:107)
at javax.swing.AbstractButton.fireActionPerformed(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.AbstractButton$ForwardActionEvents.actionPerformed(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.fireActionPerformed(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.DefaultButtonModel.setPressed(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.plaf.basic.BasicButtonListener.mouseReleased(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.processMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.processEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.processEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.retargetMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.processMouseEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Window.dispatchEventImpl(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForHierarchy(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(Unknown Source)

The machine is win 98se mozilla 1.6. It will launch IE fine. Java seems to be set up the same as on my machine and it works with firebird browser. It may be in the way java is setup.

Is there a guide to setting up java runtime that should be followed?

I like this program a lot and hope you can get it sorted out. Also it will not import selling items. Don’t think that is related but just in case it is watch items works fine.

Thanks Don