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Last post Author Topic: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator  (Read 28986 times)

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DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:24:05 AM »
it would be nice to have an icon which is always on top showing that you are online .. cause the internet options dont disconnect right .. and my dad had high costs last month cause of this nice windows-feature ..
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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2005, 06:53:47 AM »
i like this idea, seems useful for people who use dialup and dont want to spend much time online..

maybe could run in tray and when connected it would pop up and show how long they've been connected..
seems doable in a short period of time.. though i don't know the windows api code for telling if you are online, might be an existing library/component for this.  might be nice if it had a button for connect/disconnect too.

 i suspect a free utility that already does this may exist?  if anyone can find an existing program to do this let us know.
if not, and no other coder wants to do this, ill look into coding it.


 

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2005, 07:26:40 AM »
i think you dont need the api .. just use ping .. and if the ping to a random website works show the icon/app ...
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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2005, 07:36:46 AM »
i've found some source code for checking online connection status..
yes a ping would work too but it would eat up cpu and network while pinging..  of course periodic pinging could be useful as an alternative if you wanted to keep a connection alive, but that's another matter..

im thinking a utility to do what you want must exist, but if it doesnt i will write it this weekend; hopefully you are someone else can find an existing program first though.

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2005, 07:45:53 AM »
note:

i'll write a freeware tool that does this even if it already exists as a commercial program, but i'd rather not reinvent it if it already exists as freeware.

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2005, 09:43:29 AM »
Win XP itself (I don't know about earlier versions) has an option to display a tray icon whenever a specific network adapter is connected. I don't use dialup but I would guess it's there for PPP connections too. In the Network Connections window, right-click the desired connection; click Properties; click "Show icon in notification area when connected". I believe this tray icon ignores the "Hide when inactive" flag, so it's always visible when it should be. Of course, it's not much use if you never look at the tray. ;-)

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2005, 11:31:55 AM »
i don't have a dialup connection so this is hard for me to test,
but could someone with a dialup try this test util:

its just designed to put a tray icon in system tray which changes appearance based on whether there is a dial up connection or not (red if so, grey if not).

let me know if it properly detects being connected or not.
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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2005, 01:20:10 PM »
yes it works .. but i wanted a bigger sign if possible .. maybe you can make it load an image of choice .. and not one more systray icon ..
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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2005, 01:21:37 PM »
this was just a test.

try the new upload at same url, it pops up a timer clock window when connected.

if this works ok then what i will add is memory for clock position, and add some transparency.

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2005, 02:46:27 PM »
ok i think i'm done with this..
waiting for feedback.

now has a bit of transparency for win2k/xp.
saves window pos.
no balloons by default.
shows seconds by default but can be turned off from ini file)

you can close it and it will pop up again in 15 minutes.

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2005, 03:14:11 PM »
To hang up dial up connection, enter in command line:

rasdial [connection_name] /disconnect

You can make this a .bat/.cmd file and place on a desktop, taskbar etc etc

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2005, 03:15:34 PM »
i can add a disconnect/connect option to menu if it is desired.

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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2005, 04:44:07 PM »
I'd like to propose this as its official name:

DYDLO

acronym for Dad You Didn't Log Off!

but ill leave it to requester to give it an official name.


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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2005, 08:51:08 AM »
yeah! i like "DYDLO" .. good one .. ok .. i'm just sitting and my girlfriends old pc with win95 and it doesnt work here .. so its just win2k/xp right?! and yes a rightclickmenu on the timer should have the option "disconnect" .. then its perfect! well done and thanks!

ps my dad wants to thank you also .. i've told him about this app and he was like "you have 1337 friends" ..
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Re: IDEA: icon - always on top - online/offline
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2005, 09:11:48 AM »
this should work on win95 i thought.

well at least win98.

anyone on win98 who can test this?

i will add disconnect.



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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2005, 10:55:12 AM »
well .. i'm just testing v.1.00.13 of rasmonitorontop .. but there is still just the little tray icon .. no popupwindow .. i'm on my dads xp-machine right now .. and wondering ..
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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2005, 11:38:59 AM »
hmm let me check the version i uploaded..
you should see a timer in upper left of screen, then can be dragged around.
but it will only appear if you are connected..

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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2005, 11:47:36 AM »
question - is the icon red, saying you are connected, when you are connected?
or is it failing to detect you are connected?

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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2005, 01:02:57 AM »
yes .. the icon was red and worked right but no timer appeared ..
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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2005, 07:40:08 AM »
new version uploaded, renamed DYDLO.

the new version has more options (including right click on TRAYICON to disconnect - can you test this, i can't).
plus readme file telling how to customize transparency, baloons, seconds.

plus option to show/hide window from tray.

the timer should auto pop up and display when you connect - if it doesn't please let me know.

I could use some more people with modems to test this plz - it doesnt have an installer and doesnt modify registry, so its very safe.

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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2005, 09:02:10 AM »
i could use some feedback.. is timer showing for people?

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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2005, 08:08:31 AM »
i'm just testing dydlo .. works perfect .. as long as you dont pull the timer above the startmenu .. my dad wanted the timer to be ontop of the startmenu but if i move it there and click on the starmenu the timer is behind it .. maybe you can fix that ..
but everything else seems to work ..
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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2005, 08:31:53 AM »
BUG: the timer appears when i'm online .. BUT it keeps counting the seconds ..
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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2005, 08:38:03 AM »
what do you mean?

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Re: DONE - IDEA: modem online always on top indicator
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2005, 11:22:11 AM »
i've added a picture that shows you what i mean .. and i've put dydlo into the autorun and it won't remember it's previous position ..

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