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Jan 8, 2004
Avatar (SF) Greg Ga... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / My eBay from work computer.

Hi!

Just found your program last night and am finding it very interesting so far. I have a home setup that works great so I decided to try and get it working at work but am having a problem.

Work setup. Win XP. Sun Java Plug-In 1.3.1_02. JBidWatcher (0.9.3pre1)

When trying to retreive the my eBay data nothing happens.

Here is the log file:
Thu Jan 08 09:32:13 CST 2004: Getting the sign in cookie.
Thu Jan 08 09:32:21 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 3480… (emoFirstamEagle.gif’ height=75 width=128>Your Message Has Be)
Thu Jan 08 09:32:21 CST 2004: Done Getting the sign in cookie.
Thu Jan 08 09:32:22 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 9089… (ubmit" name=“placebid” value=“Place Bid >”>)
Thu Jan 08 09:32:24 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 9065… (ubmit" name=“placebid” value=“Place Bid >”>)
Thu Jan 08 09:32:29 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 344… ()
Thu Jan 08 09:32:36 CST 2004: Getting the sign in cookie.
Thu Jan 08 09:32:43 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 3480… (emoFirstamEagle.gif’ height=75 width=128>Your Message Has Be)
Thu Jan 08 09:32:43 CST 2004: Done Getting the sign in cookie.
Thu Jan 08 09:32:43 CST 2004: Cannot load My eBay pages without a userid and password.
Thu Jan 08 09:32:55 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 344… ()
Thu Jan 08 09:32:55 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 345… ()
Thu Jan 08 09:32:59 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 344… ()
Thu Jan 08 09:34:05 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 9102… (ubmit" name=“placebid” value=“Place Bid >”>)
Thu Jan 08 09:34:22 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 9100… (ubmit" name=“placebid” value=“Place Bid >”>)
Thu Jan 08 09:36:23 CST 2004: Found a suspicious tag @ 345… ()
Thu Jan 08 09:36:23 CST 2004: Loaded 2584971492.
Thu Jan 08 09:36:28 CST 2004: Loaded 3577342518.
Thu Jan 08 09:36:28 CST 2004: Not loaded (url http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2584971492).
Thu Jan 08 09:36:33 CST 2004: Loaded 2580627141.
Thu Jan 08 09:36:41 CST 2004: Loaded 3375975316.
Thu Jan 08 09:36:44 CST 2004: Loaded 3578177467.
Thu Jan 08 09:36:47 CST 2004: Loaded 2371089177.

I see the suspicious tag line contains some gif that is from my company. Is this in somehow messing up the username and password? I can bid (so I know the username and password work here), search and snipe no problems. Is there anything I can tweak to get it to work that you know of?

Thanks,
GREG

 
Jan 2, 2004
Avatar (SF) jeff da... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Is jbidwatcher working?

On the home page, there is an alert dated dec 04th stating that jbidwatcher is no longer working. When I click on the alert link, it brings me to the a news flash from nov. 24th saying 9.31pre fixes a problem.

I find this confusing. Is jbidwatcher 9.31pre working for snipes?

thanks for the great piece of software.

regards,
jd

 
Dec 21, 2003
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Bidding and Sniping in 0.9.3pre1.

Greetings,
For a period of time, eBay appeared to have broken sniping and bidding. It appears to be working again, but I’m afraid they’ll break it again.

On the other hand, I have to let people know that snipes WILL work right now… One known bug is that a bid on a reserve item that is under the reserve will appear to fail, even though it went through and you are the high bidder (albiet under the reserve!) Further, the color does not correctly reflect that while you are the high bidder you will NOT be winning the item. I’ve built a test-suite of auctions to list on eBay (Costs about $15 with all fees, so I’ll probably run it only once a week) which I can bid/snipe, etc., against, and test regularly. I’d like to build an automated test, since I can search for my seller’s account, and automatically identify the types from the auction title (reserve, private, bin, etc., is all encoded). This would make it much more efficient to find when they break something. The messed up thing here is that they UNBROKE it. I spent a while trying to figure out what they WERE doing, in case they re-rolled out the breakage, but couldn’t figure it out. For now, I’m redeclaring JBidwatcher usable. Stay tuned for updates…

— Morgan Schweers, a frustrated CyberFOX!

 
Dec 9, 2003
Avatar (SF) J pelrin 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Installing in Mandrake

Appreciate the help.

Once you set me straight on the path to the Java executable file, I was able to put the JBidWatcher .jar file on the desk top and then set up the application launcher (right click, choose “open with” then enter in the “open with” command line box: (path)/java -jar and check the “run in terminal” and “remember application association” boxes) to start the program when I click on the file.

Works fine and doing just what I want now. Thanks again.

 
Dec 6, 2003
Avatar (SF) Matt Pe... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Parser suggestion(s)

I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but coincidentally I’ve been looking into screen scraping for other purposes, and it looks like there are two pretty slick libraries for doing this.

Both are HTML parsers that convert to XML streams so you can use XPATH queries to find elements. The XPATH queries could possibly live in a config file, making updates easier.

Neko HTML:
http://www.apache.org/~andyc/neko/doc/html/

TagSoup:
http://mercury.ccil.org/~cowan/XML/tagsoup/

 
Dec 5, 2003
Avatar (SF) Robert ... 2 post(s)

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

btw – here’s the auction end time on my failure

Ends Dec-04-03 13:57:21 PST

like i said, the times seemed out of sync. my system is CST and clock set right. I did a couple of SyncTimeswithserver off of menu prior to snipe.

sorry putting bug info here, but wanted to see if bug or not first.

superloc

 
Dec 5, 2003
Avatar (SF) Robert ... 2 post(s)

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

Had a misfire today and then noted your alert :(. My failure showed up in “error” file as:

Thu Dec 04 15:48:11 CST 2003: Bidding $353.00 on…

MfcISAPICommand=MakeBid:…
html… MakeBidError
Sorry, but the item is no longer available because the auction has ended.

Thu Dec 04 15:48:43 CST 2003: Bad/nonexistent key read in bid, or connection failure!


I had 6 second config snipe time, so i’m assuming I should have made it with dsl.

As a result of looking through some of the code:

the initial “bidGetKey” function seemed to match up to ebay expectations (only thing i noticed out of place was a lack of &quant= field in 1st POST, probably optional). Initial getCookiesFromPage initial login/cookies acquistion looked ok at a glance comparing URLs. I didn’t get a chance to check the confirmation html beyond existence of key= and value=, so the problem may be there. The subsequent POST seems correct format. According to my “error”, the confirmation POST obviously failed, but the ebayAuctionID seems correct MfcISAPICommand=MakeBid&item=2768427727

Maybe I legitimately missed the snipe and you guys are coincidentally seeing something else (a real bug)?

The dates seemed a bit out of wack though… didn’t seem synced up.

sounds like you got it fixed in any case. i’m curious to find out what caused it.

Any way to create a more robust parser using javacc or something? (assuming changes to expected fields occurrd). Probably too much is changing, especially if larger grained problems with semantics or something. Is it impossible to dynamically adapt to ebay’s future changes?

Maybe we could get a test feature that does some sort of benign (almost) bid that verifies most of the bid will work (ebay needs a null auction item or something that can be operated on – they probably have them). A test bidding operation wouldn’t do much if things got wacked, but at least users would know it was down before failed snipe.

superloc

 
Dec 4, 2003
Avatar (SF) Julz 2 post(s)

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

Do they change this to keep these programs out or they’re just updating their site?

 
Dec 4, 2003
Avatar (SF) Chad Cu... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Installing in Mandrake

Hi,

If you installed the sun java, it’s probably installed somewhere in /usr/java. I don’t know about the jre, perhaps it’s in /usr/java/jre1.4.2_02 or something like that. Look around and find the bin directory that contains the java executable.

I don’t think that linux can launch jar files by double clicking them, I might be wrong. What I’d do is put the jbidwatcher jar somewhere like /usr/local/share/jbidwatcher-whatever.jar and then create a script called /usr/local/bin/jbidwatcher that looks like this:

#!/bin/sh

/usr/java/j2re-1.4.2_02/bin/java -jar /usr/local/share/jbidwatcher-whatever.jar

Substitute what the actual path is for where you found the java binary and the path for wherever the jar is. This would require you to be root to do.

After that you should be able to just type jbidwatcher to launch it.

 
Dec 4, 2003
Avatar (SF) Chad Cu... 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / error with snipe

I noticed this morning that jbidwatcher failed to snipe an auction that went for $62 and which I had a $75 max on. I looked in the log file and found this.

I see two relevant errors, not sure which one matters. There’s the error about not being able to connect to eBay and then the error saying the server redirected too many times. I’m thinking perhaps the error about not being able to connect was due to the too many redirects errors. I dunno, any thoughts?

Thu Dec 04 01:30:11 EST 2003: Bidding $75.00 on 1 item[s] of ViewSonic VB50HRTV Television Tuner
Thu Dec 04 01:30:15 EST 2003: Submitting: MfcISAPICommand=MakeBid&item=3061712480&maxbid=75.0&quant=1&userid=&key=$2$10389129$L7DiUTXaG7njIkr7siuLa/&javascriptenabled=1&mode=1&user=debtman7&pass=online
Thu Dec 04 01:30:43 EST 2003: Error loading page: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
Thu Dec 04 01:30:43 EST 2003: Error loading page: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll
java.net.ProtocolException: Server redirected too many times (20)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLConnection.java:718)
at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getHeaderFieldKey(HttpURLConnection.java:1208)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesFromPage(CookieJar.java:93)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesFromPage(CookieJar.java:43)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesFromPage(CookieJar.java:108)
at CookieJar.getAllCookiesAndPage(CookieJar.java:18)
at ebayServer.submitRealBid(ebayServer.java:802)
at ebayServer.bid(ebayServer.java:848)
at AuctionEntry.bid(AuctionEntry.java:1225)
at AuctionEntry.snipe(AuctionEntry.java:1122)
at Auctions.fireSnipe(Auctions.java:442)
at Auctions.doAllSnipes(Auctions.java:516)
at Auctions.check(Auctions.java:627)
at AuctionsManager.checkAuctions(AuctionsManager.java:86)
at AuctionsManager.check(AuctionsManager.java:119)
at TimerHandler.run(TimerHandler.java:60)
Thu Dec 04 01:30:43 EST 2003: Exception during the check() operation of class AuctionsManager
java.lang.NullPointerException
at JHTML.preParse(JHTML.java:145)
at JHTML.(JHTML.java:43)
at ebayServer.submitRealBid(ebayServer.java:805)
at ebayServer.bid(ebayServer.java:848)
at AuctionEntry.bid(AuctionEntry.java:1225)
at AuctionEntry.snipe(AuctionEntry.java:1122)
at Auctions.fireSnipe(Auctions.java:442)
at Auctions.doAllSnipes(Auctions.java:516)
at Auctions.check(Auctions.java:627)
at AuctionsManager.checkAuctions(AuctionsManager.java:86)
at TimerHandler.run(TimerHandler.java:60)

 
Nov 30, 2003
Avatar (SF) J pelrin 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Installing in Mandrake

I am new to Linux and cannot get Jbidwatcher running. I have the jre installed (jre1.4.2_02), but when i click on the .jar I just get a list of files and when I enter the command line from the console I get a “command not found” message. I’m sure I’m just doing (or not doing) something stupid but I’d really like to have the program running. Thanks for the help.

 
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.