Slot Tournaments "Live" Toolbar

Simmo!

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Hi chaps,

If anyone is interested, I have managed to get a live feed of the MG slot tournaments working. Its in BETA so there may be the odd time-related bug (outside of my control), but now I have also put something together in a toolbar that acts as an "reminder" system (I'm always forgetting to register or play lol).

It can be viewed at
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Also, if anyone would like to try out the IE-only toolbar "reminder" version and feed back, that'd be good (screenshot below). There is a zipfile available at
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which you can download - easy to install and perfectly safe* (it also has an uninstall option on the toolbar menu). I don't think Vista will allow it to be installed as it's strict on security certificates and I haven't bought one (yet), but I have it running on XP ok. But if anyone can find a way to install it on Vista I'd love to know.

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The biggest issue I had was ensuring all the times displayed in "local" time depending on where you are - so I would be keen for people to check that bit seems ok. It should update the latest tourney "on the fly" in your timezone.

Anyway - there you go. I'll do some more work on it when I get some feedback :)

Cheers

Simmo!

* By safe I mean no viruses, trojans etc ;) Actually, some virus checkers see toolbars as potentially harmfull, but in this case if it does, it's not! Er...if that makes sense.
 
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Simmo!

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I've made an update to the Beta toolbar to display a countdown to each tournament (see screenshot). Those who have installed it already needn't do anything - it will automatically update itself. Note the countdown, like the tournament "start time" displayed, is based on your local time, so if your PC clock is a few seconds out, the countdown will be too.

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The countdown clicks in with 20 minutes to go and changes colour to red with 10 minutes to go, then tells you a tournament is "In Play" for 10 minutes, like this:

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After 10 minutes has elapsed, it picks up the next tournament and repeats the cycle. If no tournaments are open, it displays a message with a link to the full schedule. In fact, while the tournament name displayed has lost the underline, it also still links to the full schedule.

I've also added a "Post Feedback" item to the menu which brings you here :thumbsup:


Cheers,

Simmo!
 

Simmo!

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Just an FYI for anyone running it last night - if the toolbar disappeared from your IE menu, it was my fault... I put an invalid character into the toolbar XML file. My bad :oops:

It's back now when you restart your browser.
 

brianzz

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I had a dll error for it last night, but it's all better today. Neat idea, thanks

FYI - the countdown is not there anymore, just the time the next tournament starts
 
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Simmo!

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I had a dll error for it last night, but it's all better today. Neat idea, thanks

FYI - the countdown is not there anymore, just the time the next tournament starts
Hmm I'll check the countdown. It was ok this morning but maybe it turned off. Edi: Countdown seems to be working OK - try a browser reload - may be a hangover from my cockup last night :D

That dll error i had once - i think i know what causes it. Was it when you clicked on the toolbar dropdown menu at the same point a web page was loading?

I emailed the toolbar software maker's support team, but can you tell me what version of Windows and IE you are running Brian? You only have to restart the browser to fix it btw, but it would be nice to isolate it.
 
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Simmo!

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yep, it was when I clicked the menu. I'm running XP SP2 and IE 7.0.5730.11
Same as me....

OK well, I may have found the problem - I think, anyway. It needed a second "Visual C" DLL distributing with the toolbar. I have been testing it and it seems fine so far (24 hrs). So here you go:

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Just uninstall the old one from the "Toolbar Options / Uninstall" in the dropdown menu, then bang this one in Brian :)

Cheers and thanks for your help.

Simmo!
 
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brianzz

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I un and re-installed and still get no count down, not that it's important I just need the time to hang up there to remind me there's another tournament to play that'll cancel as soon as it starts (Tomb Raider) or to score less than 1000 points in (Thunderstruck)
 

brianzz

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ok the count down is back.. nevermind

I guess if I would have read the original post I would have known it doesn't click in till t-20
 

Simmo!

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ok the count down is back.. nevermind

I guess if I would have read the original post I would have known it doesn't click in till t-20
LOL. I could change that, but 20 mins seemed logical as you get 10 minutes "In Play" so a tournament starting 30 mins after the previous one has 20 mins "toolbar" time :)
 

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Just to let you know that I am using this through I.E.

Excellent bit of kit and saves me logging into MG all the time.

Looks really cool on the tool bar as well. Love the TS graphic. :)

Nice one Simmo. :thumbsup:
 

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