DockFeeder
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DockFeeder

Updated Nov 10, 2007 by Slordak


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Sven Lowry
Comment #1 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 10:20 AM
Fantastic! Although it says retrieving RSS feed but never displays anything
AndreasV
Comment #2 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 11:30 AM
Very cool Kudos!
Stockholm Syndrome
Comment #3 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 3:40 PM
cool!! wow wow wow. i'm an rss feed junkie
Rebis
Comment #4 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:54 PM
I�ve tried several rss feed (even the ones included) and nothing happens... great idea, though
Rebis
Comment #5 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 5:10 PM
just to clear things up, I've tried specifying my static IP and an open port in proxy settings; that return error, otherwise just didn�t display the feed (no error)
Slordak
Comment #6 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 5:15 PM
Sorry to hear folks are having issues.

This docklet should work through a proxy, including those that require authentication with a name and password. It was tested both through a corporate firewall and through a home Linksys router without issue. Tested on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

You should not need a static IP address or other special open ports (other than the standard port 80 or 1080). You *do* need a valid DNS server (as would be needed to surf the web).
horizon
Comment #7 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 5:24 PM
This is neat stuff.
davidliv
Comment #8 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 6:55 PM
Very cool. I've got three feeds going. No problems w/ the downloads. Everything worked first time.

I chose a transparent icon for my background to make it a little easier to read. A solid black square may be even better. Fonts are a little hard to read w/ the black border.

This is very cool.
Mike Loux
Comment #9 Thursday, January 15, 2004 1:21 PM
Neat idea, but it needs a little polish. Once you get stuck on the 'Retrieving RSS Feed' message, you have to close and re-open ObjectDock. And I've tested several custom feeds which were 0.91-compatible and correctly formed, but no dice. Guess I'll have to re-download it when it's improved somewhat.
davidliv
Comment #10 Thursday, January 15, 2004 1:57 PM
oops. spoke too soon. My initial use of dockfeeder were fine. Installed and began using. No problems.

Downloaded Microsoft's (january)monthly updates, specifically the MDAC update, rebooted and now the dockfeeder objects won't download.

Any ideas?
Rebis
Comment #11 Thursday, January 15, 2004 4:46 PM
good call, davidliv. Maybe upgrading the MDAC to 2.8 (the one that comes with 2003 server), but since the MDAC is almost system-core I'll do the upgrade at my office. I�ll post if it solves the problem...
kongit
Comment #12 Friday, January 16, 2004 1:38 AM
great work

My only complaint is about the fonts and the text. the outline around them is random them to me ...I don't know if it will be white or black depending on the color. also it would be nice of the text could scroll so I could see more of the message.
GAMaus
Comment #13 Sunday, January 18, 2004 9:50 AM
Cool idea!
But it just displays "Retrieving RSS Feed" and after a while CPU_usage goes up to 100%.
freddo2u
Comment #14 Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:31 PM
Looks very nice in the screenshot.
I get the same problem where it retrieves the feed but then doesn't display
Slordak
Comment #15 Thursday, January 22, 2004 11:47 PM
Updated; hope it works better for folks who were having issues previously. Key highlights:

- Fixed XML parsing to be less title/link ordering dependent.
- Corrected tab order in the configuration dialog.
- Updated network code to use Winsock 2.
- Removed "US English" language preference in HTTP request.
- Added SOCKS4 proxy support, as an alternative to HTTP proxies.
- Added ability for user to semi-customize font anti-aliasing.
FredeC
Comment #16 Friday, January 23, 2004 6:35 PM
I have an error on all site:"error: Server reply was not an RSS page" this is a know problem ?
davidliv
Comment #17 Saturday, January 24, 2004 12:18 PM
I created a background frame for your DockFeeder. Feel free to do with it as you wish.

https://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=29&SkinID=3054

imtoomuch
Comment #18 Monday, January 26, 2004 3:53 AM
For some reason it will not work for me. It says it's retrieveing the RSS feed, but then shows DockFeeder and nothing under it. Any suggestions?
FMP8
Comment #19 Monday, January 26, 2004 4:54 PM
Same here as imtoomuch. Was working one day, then, poof, nodda.
Slordak
Comment #20 Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:48 AM
Sounds like there's some sort of common issue between all these folks who are having problems. It's certainly working for some, but not for all, which is disappointing. Ideally, everyone could enjoy this Docklet!

Please check the following (with v1.10):

1) Make sure the network connection is up and running and normal web surfing works (dial-up users need to be connected).

2) If some sort of special sockets library is being used (some of the dial-up services with "network acceleration"), this may be incompatible. Disable any such software if possible.

3) Make sure the location where the Docklet is installed is user writable; DockFeeder needs to create a temporary file where it stores the RSS feed. If write permission is not allowed on this volume, this will fail.

4) Make sure the proxy configuration is correct! This must be "None" if no proxy is being used, or the correct setting if a HTTP or SOCKS4 proxy is being used. Fill in the name and password fields only if these are required. Do not use a proxy unless one is needed for your network.

5) If ZoneAlarm or some other piece of software is disabling network access for the Docklet, the Docklet must be given permission to access the Internet.

6) If one receives the "Server reply was not an RSS feed" message, and one is using one of the supplied feeds, the server has either banned the client IP address or there was some problem retrieving the data from the server (likely a 4xx or 5xx error). If this occurs for all feeds, check the proxy configuration.

Hope this helps; if someone wants to try and trouble shoot this, a debug version of the Docklet can be provided as well.

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