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Automatic Plugin Monitor Program - I need your input!

Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 12:41am

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asbestix

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I created a small application to monitor the csb-digital website for changes. Whenever new plugins are available, an icon flashes in the system tray. I was considering posting it (a link) on the site, but I wanted to get other peoples' input on the program. It doesn't require much resources to run. You can set the interval between plugin checks. The only negative aspect of this software (that i see) is that YOU NEED A DEDICATED INTERNET CONNECTION! Dialup modems will not work with my program. I still have a few things to fix like appearance and icons. I would really appreciate any comments on this project. If your suggestions are used in the final project, you will receicve credit (in the credits). I look forward to your opinions. -ASBESTIX
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 1:26am

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av11d

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Neato! What programming language did you write it in?
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 1:31am

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anonymous

Its written in VB6... Do you have any ideas for me?
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 1:36am

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av11d

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oo, cool. maybe a way to set the preferences so that it only flashes when a certain type of plug-in is available. I dunno if it is possible. Maybe also a way for it to automatically download the files and stuff? Can't wait to see the app.
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 3:10am

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asbestix

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I think that may be a possbility. I thought of a couple new things as well
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 8:26am

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moebius

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Pretty interesting stuff, mate. I may not use your prog, but it's interesting nonetheless smile +1 for your blood, sweat and tears cool
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 8:29am

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b4uask30male

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Sounds good, what does the alam crew think ?
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 8:51am

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malone

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Hmm, Im a little worried about the polling interval. We dont want a hundred or so people using this with a one second interval, because that would have a servere impact on the site. Can I suggest you only let people specify the interval in order of minutes (if thats not what you have already done), and I think a 10 minute default interval would be reasonable.

Im also curious about the method you use to check for new plugins. Do you just grab the whole website listing each time? If you'd talked to me first I could have told you about the script that I wrote to help Kids plugin program. The script lets you ask for a plugin listing in whatever format you'd like saving you having to download and parse html formatted listings. Saves you time and saves us bandwidth.
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 9:04am

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Joshua Davies

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Yeah, I suggest you sort something with Malone here otherwise your program might prove so popular you end up killing the AlamDV2 website biggrin
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 9:53am

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anonymous

just wondering how much bandwidth does alamdv have, what i mean is there a limit to how many plug ins can uploaded, and if so how many more is allowed on here before it runs out of space ?
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 9:58am

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malone

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Theres always going to be a limit to what the hardware can handle. In terms of disk space we have no problem, we can handle loads more submissions. The thing that will really cause trouble is if they are downloaded too much. If the bandwidth gets maxed out then it will be slow for everyone.

We can cope with normal use, if it increases too much we can always add more hardware. Its just programs that automatically hit the website that cause problems
Posted: Thu, 15th Aug 2002, 9:56pm

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asbestix

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I have no intent of killing the site. The default interval is 30 minutes, but other intervals will include: 15 min, 1 hr, 2 hrs, 3 hrs, 6 hrs. The program connects to 'csb-digital.com/alamdv/plugins/...' and then retrieves the source code. My subroutine then goes through and filters out the plugin name and plugin ID.
Posted: Sun, 1st Sep 2002, 3:20pm

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metellius

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when are you going to release this app?
Posted: Sun, 1st Sep 2002, 11:12pm

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asbestix

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I dont know that i will release it to the site but if you want it, i will send it to you directly. I wasnt sure if people were interseted in it so i temporarily stopped working on it.