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April. 15, 05

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Sept. 22, 04

An eBay site format change caused Cricket to not be able to confirm the auction. Because some have reported a consistent problem with confirming still after the last few updates part of the problem may have been because eBay does not implement big changes site wide at first. Those that have had a problem confirming for the last week or so are advised to run a test Snipe with the debugger running to test the result of this patch with their situation. (I'll address this group individually also)

Also fixed was a change that cause Cricket in some cases to falsely determine and auction was Dutch. A couple of other tweaks were made to discover why some non-mission critical errors had been logged by the program in error logs.

One problem that was addressed but not clear if fixed is a forced user abort after a failed confirmation.

Use the Cricket Updater in Help from the Cricket menu to run the updater or manually Download the 3.3.26 Patch. Make sure Cricket is not running. Unzip this patch after downloading into the folder you installed Cricket to.

While this Snipe engine continues to be debugged AND because there eBay is making changes here and there with signing in, I recommend baby sitting a snipe or two after an update to make sure all is well. Please report any further problems you may encounter with Cricket.

Sept. 10, 04

I have uploaded a new patch that will address a couple of user's that still cannot confirm their auctions. I did find a logic error for those isolated cases. I also fixed a couple of database bugs discovered recently. Use the Cricket Updater in Help from the Cricket menu to run the updater or manually Download the 3.3.25 Patch. Make sure Cricket is not running. Unzip this patch after downloading into the folder you installed Cricket to.

While this Snipe engine continues to be debugged AND because there eBay is making changes here and there with signing in, I recommend baby sitting a snipe or two after an update to make sure all is well. Please report any further problems you may encounter with Cricket. I recommend that if anybody has a 5 minute countdown that the countdown be increased to no less then 10 minutes. I've seen a few failures this week when the program ran out of time. With phone modems especially confirmations will take longer now with the extra sign in procedure at eBay.

Let me know if you have any problems with this update.

Sept. 09, 04

I have a few confirmed reports of some confirmation problems. With all the reports that have come in over the holiday weekend, it's 50/50. 50% problems are gone and 50% with this new problem - 2 verified that included debug logs and 2 not verified and I asked for a bug log the next time.

I am getting logs showing Navigation errors when confirming. In all cases the program re tries over and over but is met with Time Outs (2 minute cricket time out) and this continues until it is time to Snipe. All the errors have to do with getting the Item page so it can place your bid for the confirmation. I am working on a way to get around the problem but all of this may have been eBay problems for example the first and second error message above. The third error invalid syntax is strange because the initial item page retrieval is a hard coded URI and not everybody is having the problem. Either the syntax is good or bad right?

I have confirmed dozens of successful snipes yesterday with Cricket via the new tracking method. This shows the problems reported thus far are isolated and system specific.

Sept. 06, 04

3.3.24 Patch - Use the Cricket Updater in Help from the Cricket menu to run the updater or manually Download the 3.3.24 Patch. Make sure Cricket is not running. Unzip this patch after downloading into the folder you installed Cricket.

While this Snipe engine continues to be debugged AND because eBay is making changes here and there with signing in, I recommend baby sitting a snipe or two after an update to make sure all is well. Please report any further problems you may encounter with Cricket.

This update addresses the recent slew of failed bid confirmations over the last couple of weeks. Only a handful of users reported the problem and in all cases the problems were 100% consistent.

This I hope is a milestone update because eBay has finally brought their new sign in methods into complete alignment with everything else they have been doing with sign ins over the last several months. I was able to completely rewrite the confirmation logic and lose quite a bit of code that looked for every scenario under the sun - every bit of eBay weirdness that caused problems here and there.

If this patch proves to be the one that stabilizes the new Snipe engine I'll be able to put my focus on the bid grouping feature that is not complete in the program and a few other in/consistent bugs that have been reported here and there but haven't been mission critical.

Sept. 01, 04

The .22 update did not completely eliminate the confirmation problem experienced by some. It did for others! Use the Cricket Updater in Help from the Cricket menu to run the updater or manually Download the 3.3.23 Patch

Make sure Cricket is not running. Unzip this patch after downloading into the folder you installed Cricket to. While this Snipe engine continues to be debugged AND because there eBay is making changes here and there with signing in, I recommend baby sitting a snipe or two after an update to make sure all is well. Please report any further problems you may encounter with Cricket.

August 29, 2004

I've uploaded an update that addresses a few problems due to eBay changes. eBay reverted back to a format that displays the current bid causing Cricket to pop up the what now screen. They also changed a URL that is related to signing in causing Cricket to not be able to determine in a back up test if it had the sign in page. The result was that confirmations were put into a loop. For the time being make sure in your Cricket Settings More Sniping tab that none of the check boxes related to signing in are checked. Most of the problems due to constant eBay changes have revolved around signing in.

July 17, 2004:

There have been a couple of changes on eBay recently and a problem with the Bid Robot feature the last few days. 

Cricket is not able to get the bid from the item page. This is not mission critical so all you have to do is click Ignore when prompted about the problem by the program and move with setting up your bid. 

Bid Robot has been doing some remodeling and the programmers mistakenly killed the URL Cricket uses to interface with them Chuck reported this morning that the problem should be resolved. Over the last few weeks there have been really just a few reports of problems with the new snipe engine with the number one problem being the snipe engine stops responding. I am working on that problem now and will have the update uploaded ASAP. 

July 22 I am flying to California and will be on and off the NET to check for emails for about 1.5 weeks.

June 10, 2004:

.17 update has been uploaded. This update addresses the malfunction signing in and getting signed out suddenly by Ebay. Due to the ongoing strange behavior being exhibited by Ebay with "some" users I changed the logic a bit to make it easier on the program while minimizing the likelihood that sign in malfunctions, bugs on Ebay's end will affect the program.

The new logic has the program submitting a bid per the current sign in condition on Ebay by the user. This means that Cricket will not by default, do a sign in conflict test or sign in as a pre-requisite to a Snipe. If you are signed into Ebay when Cricket confirms the bid, Ebay will return a signed in bid form. If not signed in, Ebay returns a bid form that asks for the ID and password. Cricket can bid with either form. By changing the logic in this manner it will give me time to work with Ebay bugs/weirdness while not putting tester bids at excessive risk. Snipe logs submitted that did not indicate sudden snipe aborts over problems or debug logs submitted that clearly showed the sign in "welcome" then sudden "you have signed out" Ebay page titles were not addressed with this update.

May 27, 2004:

I wasn't able to get the update out by Monday as planned. The new MyEbay is out of beta and there are some changes that are causing me to rewrite some logic in the Cricket. Reports are coming in that the program is still Sniping. I have Sniped a few auctions and although there is some confusion with the sign in status at the pre snipe check (program is re-signing in needlessly due to a change) if there is enough time to re-sign in, the program bids.

There are a 1/2 dozen or so reports of issues from consistent to inconsistent and at this point since MOST are not having problems I am working with each person reporting problems with debug and Snipe logs.

One person has an unexplainable issue however he reported he has the MyEbay tool bar. I installed this myself the other day and have been running tests to see if there is some kind of conflict. Thus far at my end, no problems.

It may be a day or so to get the update out because after I change logic I must run as many tests as I can think of to make the logic change works in all scenarios.

I believe what I have been dealing with beyond Ebay changes are the idiosyncrasies with different systems and the different IE browsers.

One report has been confirmed that Ebay is not correctly saving sign in preferences with MyEbay. In this case the saving of "always signed in."

May 01, 2004:

Update 3.3.14 is uploaded.

This update addresses a failed snipe after a time out that is picked up by the Pre Snipe check.

The update also addresses a Bid Robot delete problem while in the Snipe screen.

March 15, 2004:

Cricket Sniper: Update 3.3.11 is available for download.

Safe2Bid: Changes on the Ebay site continue to affect Safe2Bid with 2 out of 3 features. I continue to work on modifying the Cricket Sniper engine to over-come the blocking of Safe2Bid feedback submissions by Ebay and the recent Ebay changes to the feedback format.

Safebid can still Shill check sellers. To do this, uncheck the feedback check boxes in the main screen.

January 20, 2004: 

I've created a page that should explain away a lot of things and what may be really going on.

Safe2Bid:

I have confirmed there has been a change on the Ebay feedback pages that is causing Safe2Bid to abort the Feed Back check feature. I am at this point determining the extent of the change and will implement fixes as the problems are discovered. Safe2Bid Shill Bid check feature IS operational at this time. See the August 10, 2003 and the November 20, 2003 Safe2Bid status notes for more information. As soon as I get the Cricket Sniper new engine stabilized I will be installing a modified version of this engine into the Safe2Bid program.

Cricket Sniper:

Testing of the new Snipe engine is nearly complete and I am offering the new Cricket as a demo with a small caveat.

With approximately 240 testers running the program for the last several weeks I have about 50 that are reporting regularly with quite a few reporting multiple times a day. With the latest two updates to the new Snipe Engine there have been 16 failures and 84 successes.

A success is defined as a bid being submitted on time without problems but the bid may or may not have won the item. Over 90% of the successes are 100% successes with individual testers. Less then 10 % of the testers have reported at least one failure with the rest being successes. For example a tester may have 10 successes and less then 1 failure to report. About 80% of the testers fall into this group.

A failure is defined as a bid not being submitted due to a malfunction with the new Snipe engine. Of the 100% of the testers reporting a consistent failure about 50% if the failures are 100% consistent. The other half are reporting more failures then successes. About 20% fall into the consistent failure group.

In the last two days I have narrowed down the problem and within the next two updates should have Cricket back to its normal dependable self.

There is a small percentage in this 20% group (just under 5%) that have taken advantage of the optional Double Bid Back Up feature in the program and no matter the failure rate with Cricket they report 100% success with the Snipe web service Cricket interfaces with.

This means that you stand a very good chance to be one of the Cricket users that will have up to 100% success. Thus I am providing the program as a marketable demo feeling confident that the greater majority will not have mission critical problems. I am happy to offer again Cricket to the general public and thank everybody for their incredible patience while I revamped the program to deal with ongoing and possible future changes on Ebay. Should you experience trouble with the new Cricket do not hesitate to email me for support.


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