We now have a CoffeeSnobs toolbar for web browsers!
It has a running "news ticker" that contains the subject line of all the current topics. *If you see something of interest you can just click the subject and it will open it in a new window.
It has a google search built in and if you select the little drop arrow inside the search box it then becomes a Google CoffeeSnobs site search.
It also has a live "BeanBay Alert" that will help notify those that are having trouble getting the monthly BeanBay emails.
You can also add your own widgets for email, weather, internet radio etc and of course, change or disable the toolbar if you want to.
Installation is as easy as just a few clicks at the bottom of this page and as we update, change or add new features to the toolbar everyone will get it at the same time.
More junk to slow down my browsing, but very cool junk 8-) Time to loose the google toolbar if you can include a spellceck for us Enginears ;)
I have always avoided installing toolbars (including Google) but I can see that a CoffeeSnobs toolbar will be a useful tool for many people although already I have found the news ticker is a serious distraction while on other websites… and I guess your boss will see it as a non-productivity tool
We can chop and change it around a little so I look forward to reading some feedback in this thread after people install it. I have installed it in Internet Explorer 8.0.xxx and Firefox 3.0.6 and both were pretty smooth.
now i will do less work
also - will try and test on safari and firefox for the Mac when home
Great, it will be interesting to see how you go.Originally Posted by 72555E6F63300 link=1235964862/5#5 date=1235968452
They say it works on IE & Firefox on Linux, Mac and PC. *I didnt see mention of Safari or other browsers though so you might only have a 50/50 win rate at home.
The splash page is: http://coffeesnobs.ourtoolbar.com or clicking on the image at the bottom of the forum will go straight to the download.
works fine on Firefox for Mac. Installs smoothly.
On Safari, it just downloaded the EXE and told me I was trying to install a windows app.
Prefer firefox to safari anyway :)
Nice work Andy the radio station feature is great
Glad it worked on the Mac, thanks Ben.
Radio? Yes, pretty good quality. ABC news radio and other AM stations work better through the net than any real radio in our house too.
yet another non-productivity tool proudly bought to you from CoffeeSnobs
So is this monetizing coffeesnobs or fair crack? (in the interest of being up front and all - most toolbars monetize something due to search revenue)
Monetizing? *Originally Posted by 4348445F4C5B290 link=1235964862/10#10 date=1235988292
Is that to paint like a Frenchman?
If I cannot afford to purchase Claudes collection with the revenue then the squillions of anticipated dollars thats raised from 1 cent banner installations will go directly to the:
"buy Andy a tropical island with some nice coffee trees on it fund"
I doubt it would ever pay a dollar figure worth talking about (if at all) and certainly it wont pay for the time that I took to make and test it. *If it did pay something then it would go into "consolidated revenue" and fund some of the $2000+ a month freight subsidy that we pay (and have been paying out of my IT earnings for 5 years).
"in the interest of being up front and all"... Please mind your own business James and just enjoy this for what it is.
It was never a fund rasing exercise, it is an optional tool that people can install because its useful. *It has a really nice RSS feed and provides a method of alerting people to the monthly BeanBay sale in real time without the troubles that were caused with last months email.
If you dont like it, dont install it.
If you do like it, install it.
I like this one, Andy, thanks. Its very cool. 8-) :)
Ive installed it too Andy, and its great. Thanks for doing this for us! :)
Thanks Viviane and Dennis, thats the spirit!
I have only been running it for 4 days but Im pretty happy with it so far. We tested more than a dozen different toolbars and nearly as many desktop widgets and most crashed the browser, only worked in one browser, were clunky to install or just plain didnt work as they should.
This one is easy to get going and actually works!
Yesterday I changed the news ticker background as the white made the scrolling text very distracting and "a little too in your face". The real beauty is everyone gets the change instantly without having to download and install another copy of the toolbar.
I added the weather icon to mine too. Although lots of small towns dont get the current temp so I set mine to the nearest capital city. 23c in Melbourne at the moment it tells me (and a chilly 14c in Perth).
Ive been using Firefox for CS for few weeks now and installed the toolbar easily last night.
So far so good.
Just got back from Melbourne late last night and see youve bean hard at work again, Andy (pun intended ::)).
Installed the toolbar very easily (Firefox) and think its great.
PS. Loved Melbourne - GREAT coffee everywhere. (A bit of a desert but :( .)
There are quite a few configuration options too. Clicking on the little drop arrow after the word CoffeeSnobs opens a menu that allows adding "gadgets"... not my cup o tea but someone might find something useful in there?
The same drop menu also has "Toolbar Options" which will lets you set some search options and you can turn existing items on/off.
We might add a website shortcut menu sometime too if its needed.
(you snuck that in while I was typing Greg)
Slightly off topic (the moderators will tut tut again) but dont forget to give the good ones a plug in Good Coffee Where...Originally Posted by 6F5A4D4F627F280 link=1235964862/16#16 date=1236036284
It will help other travellers and even some of the locals.
Yep, works brilliantly abnd solved the How to notify about Bean Bay question. Goodbye Google tool bar.
I see the gadget menu has an upgrade option. Will you be notifying us when upgrades are available or should we check this every now and then?
One suggestion - is it possible for the default action when you click on a gadget or existing link such as Bean Bay alert is to open in a new tab or window, or make this option available in the Additional Settings in toolbar options?
Upgrade is never needed, if we make a change everyone gets it "like magic".Originally Posted by 38322730303F2B2D5E0 link=1235964862/19#19 date=1236039921
I think the upgrade option is only on the web page for the people that browser to http://coffeesnobs.ourtoolbar.com
I dont think so and I guess its so it works with pop-up blockers.Originally Posted by 38322730303F2B2D5E0 link=1235964862/19#19 date=1236039921
Cheers. You mentioned that in your first post but I just wanted to clarify.Originally Posted by 436C667B020 link=1235964862/20#20 date=1236041198
Bummer. Oh well, you just need to make sure you select a tab or window before clicking an option from the toolbar.is it possible ... open in a new tab or window
I dont think so and I guess its so it works with pop-up blockers.
Top marks for this one Andy.
Hehehe...well if it comes down to moving to a tropical island, wouldnt that be gauginitize??Originally Posted by 436C667B020 link=1235964862/11#11 date=1235998313
Fair enough.Originally Posted by 48676D70090 link=1235964862/11#11 date=1235998313
Nice one Andy!
can you find a spellcheck gadget (in your spare time ;) ) to add to the toolbar then I can happily loose the google toolbar. I dont use many features on it apart from that the CS one doesnt have
great idea Andy, thanks heaps!
I look forward to installing this when I setup firefox on my new mac tonight.
Ill have a scrounge tonight, I might have to install google toolbar to have a look at theirs first. If it can be done we will add it.Originally Posted by 5D5A5E515953465651583F0 link=1235964862/24#24 date=1236044911
Hey Andy, thanks for this. Works a treat in Firefox. Love the radio button. When I get sick of one station I can easily change stations. Cheers!
One small problem with the radio. Cant get Vega Sydney 95.3 even though its listed. Can get Vega Melbourne 91.5 though.
...it gets ABC radio national and ABC news radio ok!
Whats this funny FM thing you speak of?
Dunno how to troubleshoot the radio, mostly it comes down to the actual station providing a feed. You might find that one station uses Windows Media and the other uses Flash or another plugin.
If the radio shows little triangle error you can click on it and it will take you to a page of things to try and plugins to download.
Select "Add Stations" and search for Vega.
When it finds it select "Edit" and change the URL to http://www.vega953.com.au/dmgcustom/vega953.asx
It should work now when you select it from "My Stations".
ya beat me by 10 minutes TG...
I was about to paste:
...dont need to now!
Dont forget its Internet radio, you can listen to stuff from anywhere.
eg: BBC 7 Comedy is great if you time it right.
...and another station that has the wrong (or moved) link. Follow Thundergods directions above for editing.
Thanks for that TG and Andy. I tried it and it works!!Originally Posted by 0D312C373D3C2B3E363D590 link=1235964862/30#30 date=1236061514
Does the toolbar use much traffic (without the radio running).
Sorry, no luck. I found a few that are close but everyone says that the google one is the best and sadly google dont "share" the widget. One day maybe they will?Originally Posted by 5D5A5E515953465651583F0 link=1235964862/24#24 date=1236044911
Not that I can tell. I had it running on a 3G wireless connection and could hardly see the traffic.Originally Posted by 2F22212F4D0 link=1235964862/34#34 date=1236077062
The only real traffic is the news ticker and a whole day of scrolling text would be smaller than a single page of the web with images!
Thanks Andy, i figured as much but thought i should check.
Now listening to the radio, thats a whole different ball game ;)
Not sure the radio is that bad either... I just counted packets and it looked like 1 a second (rough count) so thats something like 90kb a minute and somthing like 6Mb an hour. Not much considering the size of data plans these days.
Similar to the good old 56k modem in usage.
Had a bit of a browse around and came across Spelling Cow http://www.spellingcow.com/ it is $25 USD/year fo a site use add free version but they mentioned a free personnel use favelet becoming available without adds soon.Originally Posted by 6649435E270 link=1235964862/35#35 date=1236077576
Might be worth having a look at. BTW Installed it on my IE version and apart from bad colour it works here fine :)
My Firefox has a built in spell checker and for IE Ive been using ieSpell by Red Egg Software for a few years now; its free for personal use.
It has UK, US and Canadian English.
You have to select it from a right click, menu or toolbar though unlike the Firefox one which underlines as you go.
Yeah, multiple browser is an issue with most of the products.
I looked at spellingcow and think we need the favelet to do it neatly, iespell is pretty good as was googie spell (which I might get going anyway) but none of them were good enough to deploy site wide.
Googie spell is in front at the moment.
I think its best left up to the individual.
I dont need a spell checker but chose to add one for those times my fingers cant keep up with my brain.
I wouldnt expect CS to include one as it would be more work for you Andy.
I reckon a lot of people wouldnt even bother with it.
Yeah...what TG said!Originally Posted by 764A574C464750454D46220 link=1235964862/42#42 date=1236124899
Had some feedback from a training session once where people asked for donuts. So next session we supplied donuts. This time the feedback said, donuts were cold.
Besides, if you hang too many widgets and whatsies onto it, and I cant work out how to use all this stuff, Ill feel even more inadequate than I already am!
Its only for us Technical School trained engineers who were told spelling wasnt important at Secondary School :o that it is more useful for. Handy if it can be done neatly but if not no biggy
I installed iespell on the laptop and it is neater than spellingcow so bye bye Googletoolbar for me :)
Great stuff Andy. I for one havent been getting the beanbay emails, so just that feature alone is worth it. Ive installed it in IE at work. We are pretty well locked down as far as adding stuff to our computers, but thought I would give it a go anyway. The great news was that even though when I tried installing it, the old error came up saying that I didnt have administrator privledges, but after I clicked ok, the install window came up and everything installed fine *;D Hopefully the desktop police will overlook it *;) Only problem, is that the news ticker is strangely mesmerizing. Just one look and next thing you know its lunch time *:o
I want a spell checker that changes that to doughnutOriginally Posted by 5D7C7777706A190 link=1235964862/43#43 date=1236125660
Oh dear. Was it really hard not to swear very loudly?Originally Posted by 5D7C7777706A190 link=1235964862/43#43 date=1236125660
I sort of agree, ergo the default install was very thin on features, in fact I took some things off it just before it went public for that reason. The nice thing with this banner is that you can hide things that get added so adding features can go to everyone and you can determine want appears.Originally Posted by 5D7C7777706A190 link=1235964862/43#43 date=1236125660
Ah, it was only last night I wondered about IT depts blocking it. Glad it worked for you.Originally Posted by 73787A6A190 link=1235964862/45#45 date=1236127145
Agree! It was worse when it was a white background... "like a moth to a light" my eyes kept focusing on it. The current colours are little better. What was I saying?!?! Ummm, errr, Oh, look at the time, so whats for lunch?Originally Posted by 73787A6A190 link=1235964862/45#45 date=1236127145
I did think of that spelling but gave in to the slang. :-[Originally Posted by 456A607D040 link=1235964862/46#46 date=1236132043
No, but I do remember laughing out loud! ;DOriginally Posted by 456A607D040 link=1235964862/46#46 date=1236132043
The Firefox one does; the ieSpell one doesnt.Originally Posted by 032C263B420 link=1235964862/46#46 date=1236132043
I still think i will give the radio a miss at work considering we have 190 people around australia using the one core internet connection for browsing.
Its all about the download and as the IT manager i should really set an example. ;)