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Nov 24, 2003
Avatar (SF) MARTIN 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Running w/ Java 1.4 on Win2K ?

Thank you.
I’ll try it next time I get to work on this “project”.

 
Nov 19, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / error - java.net.ConnectException

Greetings,

Whoa…

That looks like your machine was refusing to let JBidwatcher connect to eBay for some reason.

In fact, the errors come back so fast that it’s got to be that the machine was either disconnected, or you’re firewalling internal programs from being able to talk to the outside world.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 19, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Running w/ Java 1.4 on Win2K ?

Greetings,

That’s not so good… I think your path is messed up. Check your CLASSPATH environment variable, as well as your ‘PATH’, to see what JRE is installed first.

The easy way is:
E:\> PATH
{it will print your path, seperated by ‘;’ here.}
E:\> echo CLASSPATH
{it will print the path it looks for Java classes here}

Make sure that the two are the same, so if your PATH says ‘C:\Java\JRE1.3.1’, but your CLASSPATH says, ‘C:\Java\JRE1.4.1’, then you have a mismatch. You can fix your environment by editing your user information under Windows 2000. I’m not positive under other Windows platforms. Win98 should still be using an AUTOEXEC.BAT, but I’m not sure.

Good luck!

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 19, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Snipe failure

Greetings,

Yeah, eBay changed their bidding confirmation page, and messed JBidwatcher up. Small change, big effect.

I’ve got a 0.9.3pre1 fix ready to go, I’m just testing it, since it also has my changes since 0.9.2 in it.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 19, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Bidding/Sniping NOT working. Fix in progress.

Greetings,

eBay changed some things on their site and broke bidding and sniping again. I’ve put together a fix for the bidding/sniping module, but it’s not available just yet. Within the next day or so, I’ll put out a ‘0.9.3pre1’ pre-release with the bugfix in it.

Sorry for the delay, things have been overwhelming for me lately.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 19, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Bidding/Sniping NOT working. Fix in progress.

Greetings,

eBay changed some things on their site and broke bidding and sniping again. I’ve put together a fix for the bidding/sniping module, but it’s not available just yet. Within the next day or so, I’ll put out a ‘0.9.3pre1’ pre-release with the bugfix in it.

Sorry for the delay, things have been overwhelming for me lately.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 17, 2003
Avatar (SF) Simon K... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Snipe failure

Have used JBidWatch for many months. Today though, from about 8pm GMT Snipe has failed, and continues to do so. Machine has been rebooted and Snipe synchronises OK. However, error message received is:

“Bidding £22.50 apparently failed for an unknown reason. Check the auction in the browser, to see if the bid went through.”

When checking the browser the bid did not go through.

Anyone able to help/confirm problem?

Kindest
Simon

 
Nov 14, 2003
Avatar (SF) MARTIN 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / error - java.net.ConnectException

java -jar JBidWatch-0.9.2.jar
Fri Nov 14 15:50:25 EST 2003: Failed to connect via URLConnection (retry: 1)
java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Native Method)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.doConnect(PlainSocketImpl.java:320)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(PlainSocketImpl.java:133)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.java:120)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:273)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:100)
at sun.net.NetworkClient.doConnect(NetworkClient.java:50)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:331)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:517)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:267)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:277)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.New(HttpClient.java:289)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.connect(HttpURLConnection
.java:408)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLCon
nection.java:501)
at Http.receivePage(Http.java:78)
at JHTML.loadParseURL(JHTML.java:619)
at JHTML.(JHTML.java:646)
at ebayServer.getOfficialTime(ebayServer.java:579)
at AuctionServer.setOfficialTimeDifference(AuctionServer.java:652)
at AuctionServer.reloadTimeNow(AuctionServer.java:351)
at AuctionServerManager.messageAction(AuctionServerManager.java:102)
at PlainMessageQueue.run(PlainMessageQueue.java:26)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:484)
Fri Nov 14 15:50:25 EST 2003: Failed to connect via URLConnection (retry: 2)
java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Native Method)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.doConnect(PlainSocketImpl.java:320)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(PlainSocketImpl.java:133)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.java:120)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:273)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:100)
at sun.net.NetworkClient.doConnect(NetworkClient.java:50)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:331)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:517)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:267)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:277)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.New(HttpClient.java:289)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.connect(HttpURLConnection
.java:408)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLCon
nection.java:501)
at Http.receivePage(Http.java:78)
at JHTML.loadParseURL(JHTML.java:619)
at JHTML.(JHTML.java:646)
at ebayServer.getOfficialTime(ebayServer.java:579)
at AuctionServer.setOfficialTimeDifference(AuctionServer.java:652)
at AuctionServer.reloadTimeNow(AuctionServer.java:351)
at AuctionServerManager.messageAction(AuctionServerManager.java:102)
at PlainMessageQueue.run(PlainMessageQueue.java:26)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:484)
Fri Nov 14 15:50:25 EST 2003: Failed to connect via URLConnection (retry: 3)
java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Native Method)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.doConnect(PlainSocketImpl.java:320)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(PlainSocketImpl.java:133)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.java:120)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:273)
at java.net.Socket.(Socket.java:100)
at sun.net.NetworkClient.doConnect(NetworkClient.java:50)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:331)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:517)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:267)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.(HttpClient.java:277)
at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.New(HttpClient.java:289)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.connect(HttpURLConnection
.java:408)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLCon
nection.java:501)
at Http.receivePage(Http.java:78)
at JHTML.loadParseURL(JHTML.java:619)
at JHTML.(JHTML.java:646)
at ebayServer.getOfficialTime(ebayServer.java:579)
at AuctionServer.setOfficialTimeDifference(AuctionServer.java:652)
at AuctionServer.reloadTimeNow(AuctionServer.java:351)
at AuctionServerManager.messageAction(AuctionServerManager.java:102)
at PlainMessageQueue.run(PlainMessageQueue.java:26)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:484)
Fri Nov 14 15:50:25 EST 2003: ebay: Error, can’t accurately set delta to server’
s official time.

 
Nov 14, 2003
Avatar (SF) MARTIN 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Running w/ Java 1.4 on Win2K ?

I get the following error:

E:\>java -jar JBidWatch-0.9.2.jar
Registry key ‘Software\JavaSoft\Java Runtime Envir
has value ’1.4’, but ‘1.3’ is required.
Error: could not find java.dll
Error: could not find Java 2 Runtime Environment.

What can I do to fix this (short of uninstalling v1.4) ?

MG
mkg@acs-nyc.com

 
Nov 10, 2003
Avatar (SF) occator... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / When are cookies communcated to ebay?

Hi, Morgan and everybody else,

I’m surfing ebay without cookies and without javascript now for two years and it never caused problems. Of course, for everything directly related to my person /bidding, myEbay[, which I don’t use], …/, I had to enable cookies. I then enable cookies exactly as long as is needed and clean them afterwards.
So I tend to state, that your first two sections are not valid.
Should ebay really begin to block users, who browse their database without cookies, that would be reason enough for me to stop diverting a part of my money-flow to them.

To your third section: most people are connected with dynamically assigned IP addresses, so that evaluating IP addresses is not very helpful for ebay. Furthermore, I’m still free to use an anonymizing http-proxy, if I want to avoid my personal (interest-, consume- and surf-)profile being tracked.

Of course, if I’m bidding, I will have to give away the needed information, but only that much and not more.

Finally, it’s really not a difficult thing, to build a database schema, which keeps related things together — e.g. to keep things together, which are related to me.

Seeing that all, I’m eager enough to implement a[n optional] more restrictive handling of cookies into JBidwatcher. So my next question consequently is:

Can you — or somebody else, knowing JBidwatcher’s mechanisms and sources enough — give a short sketch, how things around cookies are organized and how this task can be tackled?!

Bye and thanks,

Markus P.
 
Nov 6, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / When are cookies communcated to ebay?

Greetings,

Cookies are sent to ebay, mutated by ebay, and returned in their new form, on every page. Not accepting the cookie when loading it has tended to cause problems the next time a ‘stale’ cookie is submitted.

JBidwatcher communicates that cookie to eBay with every page moved through, exactly the way the browser does. If it doesn’t, it risks being identified as ‘not a browser’ by eBay, and blocked.

Fundamentally, eBay can monitor what pages you are viewing by IP address, if nothing else. However, that’s not relevant, as to the best of my knowledge eBay also requires the correct cookie behavior, or you just don’t get the pages correctly, or it allows them to block you.

Sorry…there’s only so much the program can do. Every time you bid, you’re giving away information about yourself, whether you win or lose, anyway. As for viewing, think about the number of users that eBay has, and how much work it is to follow one thread through that morass. Being part of an exceptionally large group is sometimes a very good thing.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Nov 5, 2003
Avatar (SF) occator... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / When are cookies communcated to ebay?

Hello together,

does anybody of you know, what causes a hidden login at ebay [with a subsequent negotiation of cookies] and which activities and events that follow allow communication of that cookies with ebay?

If cookies are used for anything else than bidding[, which means that ebay and whoever has access to ebay’s data, can track my personal interests in detail], I’d be willing to change the implementation in a way that restricts the exchange of cookie data to the absolute minimum.

Bye,

Markus
 
Nov 2, 2003
Avatar (SF) Dirk Maas 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Mac OS X Panther 10.3 JbidWatcher not start

Whoever it does not work for in Panther: did you try to work with the java .jar instead and link Java environment back to 1.3.1?
1.4.1-1 has been pulled from Apple website since it’s not any good…
At least it’s worth a try and does only need some lines in terminal, which are easily revertable as opposed to new install of OS!

Try this:
Mac OS X determines what version of Java to run with the
symbolic link CurrentJDK . To change your java version you have
to replace this link with a new one that points to 1.3.1. Here
is
how:
Start the Terminal app and type:
cd /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions

ls -l

would give something like this (Make sure you have a directory
named 1.3.1):
drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 Feb 20 2002 1.2
drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 Feb 20 2002 1.3
drwxr-xr-x 7 root wheel 238 Apr 29 21:23 1.3.1
drwxr-xr-x 8 root wheel 272 Feb 25 04:14 1.4.1
drwxr-xr-x 5 root wheel 170 Apr 12 17:53 A
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 1 Apr 29 21:25 Current
-> A
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 5 Apr 29 21:25 CurrentJDK
->
1.4.1

This removes the link CurrentJDK and replace it with a new:

sudo rm CurrentJDK
sudo ln -s 1.3.1 CurrentJDK

To check that you done it correctly type:

code:
java -version

You should see Java version “1.3.1”… on the screen

 
Nov 1, 2003
Avatar (SF) Ken 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Mac OS X Panther 10.3 JbidWatcher not start

Morgan,

Thanks for the quick response, impressive. As I said in my ‘I GOT IT TO WORK POST’, the upgrade install on mine and I guess on many users machine’s doesn’t seem to upgrade the Java to the panther version therefore resulting in Jbidwatcher not running and I guess any other java app. You may want to consider posting the info in the latest news section on your site as it took me a while to find the info regarding this and could be helpful to others? Just an idea.

With regards to the toolbar, I do use it, but understand that it does look a little out of place, but would still like to retain it. From a design point of view (and please tell me to shut up if you wish), are you able to give the buttons a metal/silver background to blend them more with the surrounding, and possibly center them above the tabs which will also enhance the mac look??

Just a final note to say Jbidwatcher is seriously good and would be interested in suggesting other UI idea’s for you to laugh at if you wish.

Thanks.
Ken.

 
Oct 31, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / which currency will it bid in ???

Greetings,
Thanks muchly! I’m glad the FAQ helped, it’s a new thing for the 0.9.2 release, and I was hoping it would help users get through understanding what the program does. I think I need a ‘table of contents’ at the beginning, though…

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Oct 31, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Mac OS X Panther 10.3 JbidWatcher not start

Greetings,

Arrrrrgh… I just got Panther and got it installed (I admit, I hate paying that much for a minor version upgrade), but I did an archive and install, as I felt that would be the safest. That seems to have avoided the problem entirely, as JBidwatcher works fine on my setup.

I’ll try installing it as an ‘upgrade’ on the old slow test box I first got to do this sort of thing on, and see if I can replicate the problem.

The browser problem has me completely flummoxed as I was using a third party class to do browser launching on the Mac. It was solid, and hasn’t needed to be updated since June, 2001, so I’m going to have to figure out what broke it…

After looking at it under Panther, I’m seriously considering doing away with the toolbar under MacOSX. It looks much nicer without it, but I’m not positive I want the eBay time displaying on a line by itself like that. It seems wrong also. If knowing the current eBay time isn’t useful, I might just cut that whole section out under OSX, for cleanliness. Please, if you’re running Panther, try going into ‘Edit | Show/Hide Toolbar’, and hiding it and letting me know if that’s a better UI for you.

Also, some people have complained about the metal look… I don’t know if I can change it on the fly, but it IS editable in the MRJApp.properties file, you can change ‘apple.awt.brushMetalLook=true’ to ‘false’ instead. (The toolbar looks much more appropriate in that view instead.) I’ll see if I can’t make that selectable.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Oct 31, 2003
Avatar (SF) Ken 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / I GOT IT TO WORK

If you go to this link and follow solution 2 it should work as it now does on mine, as mention by others the facility to double-click auctions to launch in browswer doesn’t seem to work, but at least I can snipe now. Of course I have to state that I hold no responsibility for the use of any of the information here or contained within the following link….

http://www.readerware.com/Panther.html

 
Oct 31, 2003
Avatar (SF) Ken 3 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Mac OS X Panther 10.3 JbidWatcher not start

I’m having the same problem…. It seems others have it running under panther, so it would be good if we could get confirmation that it does run and what we can do our end to get it to work.

Help please!?!?

 
Oct 30, 2003
Avatar (SF) zac 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / which currency will it bid in ???

oops just read the FAQ on the actual program….. who would have thought to find useful information regarding questions there???
i hate stupid people like me..

ps love this program it ROCKS!!!

 
Oct 30, 2003
Avatar (SF) zac 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / which currency will it bid in ???

if i wish to bid on an item from another country (US) will it bid in US dollars? or australian dollars? does anyone know??
thanks
z

 
Oct 25, 2003
Avatar (SF) Julz 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Mac OS X Panther 10.3 JbidWatcher not start

Jbidwatcher will not fully launch for me.
Just installed Mac 10.3 Panther.
Looks like it launches but nothing shows up.
Will not quit, have to force quit.
Tried deleting the jbid folder in home directory… still nothing.
Please help.

 
Oct 2, 2003
Avatar (SF) Dirk Maas 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Rebuild XML from saved auctions?

I had some trouble (OS X and java) and hence had to delete the invisible .jbidwatch folder for a clean start. Is there any way to recover/reclaim the backuped saved auctions? I copied them to their original position, but they are not shown. So is there any way to recreate the xml file?
I tried a “local” search like
http://127.0.0.1/~username/.jbidwatch/savedauctions/
which does not work – but would be quite handy…
I use past auctions alot to determine “market prices”.
regards,
strunx

 
Sep 22, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request - Buy It Now Price

Greetings,

Seller rating (after seller name okay?) – Check, it’ll take a bit of work but should be doable.

Buy It Now price in its own column (sortable?). Status column is for those little status icons.

PayPal acceptance indication. I’d have to only check for stuff like the PayPal logo. I can’t make JBidwatcher figure out that variants of ‘I don’t accept any payment other than PayPal’ is any different than ‘I don’t accept PayPal’… If I just go with their logo, though, it should be fine.

(Some day, I really want to add one-click payment via PayPal… They’d probably hate me, though. :) )

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Sep 22, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: Seller rating

Greetings,
Yes, the rating is something I should be capturing… I need to add that to the list somehow, and display it. It’s possible for feedback to be private, and I have to handle that somehow also…

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Sep 22, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / disjunctive queries

Greetings,
They should work just fine… That’s odd. Maybe I’m not sending something quite right to them.

— Morgan