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CCN New Post Notifier – samw3

samw3

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Hello All!

I've just written a script that you may feel free to use. Its a CCN New Post notifier. It shows the most recent CCN posts (like the front page), refreshes itself every minute and then beeps if it finds a change.

Here is the link to it.

God Bless!

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HanClinto

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Wow!

Great job, Sam! Just the thing I need to feed my addiction.

*beep*

Edit PS: Ooooh -- it just beeped for my reply to you. It's a very pleasant beep -- I think I like this tool.

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jestermax

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whoa, man that scared me! clint posted and i got a loud "BEEEEP" in my ear.

great job though it will save many lives...or something like that

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samw3

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quote:
Originally posted by HanClinto:
Great job, Sam! Just the thing I need to feed my addiction.

At least it curbs the obsession to endlessly check for a new message only to find none there yet.. not that I do that.

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HanClinto

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quote:
Originally posted by samw3:
At least it curbs the obsession to endlessly check for a new message only to find none there yet.. not that I do that.


I have no idea what you're talking about.

*beep*
...quickly followed by...
*SCRAMBLE TO READ TEH NEW POST*

Mene-Mene

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me check boards?
*Beep*
Ah, must type faster!

Wait, it doesn't seem to be working for me.

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Mack

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Very cool

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"Test test..."

*BEEP*

"COOL!"

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samw3

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Just fixed a bug if CCN takes too long to respond the script could time out and not refresh.

quote:
Originally posted by Mene-Mene:
Wait, it doesn't seem to be working for me.

What exactly mene.. the page or the beep?

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TallBill

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quote:
Originally posted by samw3:
Here is the link to it.

Sam,

Has your site been defaced, or is your homepage supposed to say what it says?

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samw3

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quote:
Originally posted by Tallbill:
Has your site been defaced, or is your homepage supposed to say what it says?

You mean tgj.us? Thats a very old domain I used to have ages ago... actually to see my real website you've got to throw in the www's, but even that site is super old! That was last updated on our one year anniversary. We're coming up on our fourth.

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Calin

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quote:
Originally posted by samw3:
Hello All!

I've just written a script that you may feel free to use. Its a CCN New Post notifier. It shows the most recent CCN posts (like the front page), refreshes itself every minute and then beeps if it finds a change.

Here is the link to it.

God Bless!


Can you explain that to hard headed as well? (I understand what 'CCN New Post notifier' stands for it's just I don't like to install stuff I don't understand how it works)

thx

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jestermax

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Calin: it's just a webpage that refreshes itself and beeps when something changes. no need to install anything

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samw3

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quote:
Originally posted by Calin:
Can you explain that to hard headed as well? (I understand what 'CCN New Post notifier' stands for it's just I don't like to install stuff I don't understand how it works)

thx


lol sure. Its just a webpage, so no installation required, just click the link.

My webhost scans the ccn homepage and takes a sha1 hash of it storing in a session variable. There is a meta refresh tag that reloads the web page every 60 secs which compares the new hash with the stored one. It beeps (plays an mp3 as a BGSOUND tag) if they are different.

Its quite safe.. all html.

God Bless!

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jestermax

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note to people who use the notifier and gmail (at least with firefox), if there is an update it seems to hijack your cursor in the embedded google chat. just click on the tab with the notifier to clear it up but it caught me off guard at first. could be just me though...

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SSquared

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Nice job! Thanks! I was having the refresh timeout problem for a bit. Thanks for fixing it already.

This might be neat to see the code in the Showcase area.

Calin

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quote:
Originally posted by samw3:
lol sure. Its just a webpage, so no installation required, just click the link.

My webhost scans the ccn homepage and takes a sha1 hash of it storing in a session variable. There is a meta refresh tag that reloads the web page every 60 secs which compares the new hash with the stored one. It beeps (plays an mp3 as a BGSOUND tag) if they are different.

Its quite safe.. all html.

God Bless!


oh, ok, thanks!

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ArchAngel

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interesting concept.

let me just-- DING.

*giggles*

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Calin

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mind if I try it too =]

[EDIT]
hmm weird I didn't hear anything (not this time or when I made my other posts) I can see the title in the bar changing though (I have stuff with sound running right now, so no sound issues on my machine )

[EDIT#2]
Actually visual indicator only works best for me, nice stuff!
(when I switched to that tab few moments ago I noticed a 'missing plugin' message. I chose to install it but nothing happened, as I said though no sound works best for me)

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ArchAngel

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wow, I'm not sure if I'm ready for this.

Kinda like parking the AA meetings right next to Moe's bar.
sweet, sweet Duff.

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CPUFreak91

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Nice. Even if I never hear the beep I will still use the links.
/me posts this so that he can hear the beep.

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crazyishone

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Ah, very clever. Thanks for sharing, Sam.

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CPUFreak91

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Hmm. No sound in Konqueror and the FF wants to download a plugin. Oh well, no sound for me (I don't use and don't want to have to use FF for just this page) just the really handy updating page.

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crazyishone

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Yeah, for me it actually opens gxine. Stupid for them to call it a gxine "browser plugin" when all it does is open the app.

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samw3

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Thanks for the comments everyone. I've rewritten the non-IE section to use a flash swf. Does this help the problem with gmail interruptions and linux guys? I believe linux has a flash plugin for the browsers right?

Please let me know back, Thanks!

Sam

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HanClinto

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I wonder if you'd want to create a separate page that always "dings" on reload just so that people can test their browsers ? (or perhaps just if they pass a "?ding=1" at the end of the URL or something)

Edit: BTW, from this new post, I can tell you that the new beep works great on FF for Windows

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samw3

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Great idea!

Test the beep here.

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crazyishone

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Excellent, many respects to be paid upon your departure. :P

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HanClinto

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Is there a way to flash the title bar in case I have sound turned off? (similar to how Gmail flashes on a new incoming chat)

Looks like it might be able to be done with something like:

<script>
document.title="1";
setInterval('window.focus()',1000);
</script>

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evdude

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*BEEP*

Nice!!!

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samw3

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I don't think you can do that with a browser window.. but you can look down and see if the title has changed. If anyone knows if its possible to do this, i'll be happy to implement it.

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crazyishone

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I believe its possible, at least in firefox. When using gmail's chat thing, the gmail tab flashes when I have a new message.

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leet hacker

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dude that is cool!! i will keep it open, like, all the time that i'm on CCN.

p.s. do any of you think my sig is too long?

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crazyishone

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Yep, very much too long.

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samw3

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Ok, I've dug around and can't find out how google does it.. but I've managed to make the title flash with ####'s

I've also added a ?silent option that can be activated by using this link

And I'll 2nd it leet.. your sig is too long

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evdude

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Its long, but worth reading though!

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Calin

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Would a silent version be to much to ask for?

BTW it does flash

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crazyishone

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He did a silent version.
(Scroll up to see :P or just append ?Silent to the url)

Sam, the ##### was a good idea.
The sound issue is fixed for me and everything, runs nicely without opening any other apps.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1.4) Gecko/20070515 Firefox/2.0.0.4


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Calin

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Nice

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samw3

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I just had a thought that the flashing might bug some people. So here are the links...

Beeping and Flashing
Silent ?silent
No Flash ?noflash
Silent, No Flash ?noflash&silent

God Bless!


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evdude

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doesn't the silent/no flash thing defeat the purpose?

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samw3

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Well you can still see the name in the title change even if silent and no flash.

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crazyishone

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No, it auto-refreshes and changes the title still. You can look at it and know that something has changed, whereas normally you would compulsively f5 the home page or something...

I mean... not me or anything.

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evdude

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oh, I see!

...and I didn't compulsively F5 the home page, I thoughtfully refreshed it.

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kenman

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Interesting

@waits for beep

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HeardTheWord

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Very neat idea! I'll have to keep this open in a tab all the time now...
MastaLlama

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hey Sam, very nice!
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Awesome Dude.

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Mene-Mene

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I found my problem, I was using Safari, now in FF, it works! Weee! That's awesome, no more checking every .2 seconds. (That's 200 millisecs for you illiterates)

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samw3

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Well, the CCN Notifier is one week old. Now that you've had a chance to use it a bit...

Have you found any bugs/annoyances?

Any feature requests?

God Bless!

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evdude

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*BEEP*

Happy 1 week anniversary thingy!!!
And no bugs to report.

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MastaLlama

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feature request:

- different beep options: this is more about volume than different sounds but it could work both ways. I find that if I'm listening to music the beep is a good level but when I'm not or on the phone, the beep is too much for me. Just a thought

samw3

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The notifier now has a volume level. (see the bottom)

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MastaLlama

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Dude, the volume thing is sweet! Thanks for a quick feature add!