Monday, September 15, 2014

Disable Mac OS X "app nap" for JoyBidder eBay Auction Sniper App

Since  Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple has introduced "app nap" feature to dynamically pause or slow down the app when it sees proper. The apps, that mostly likely to enjoy such "nap", would be some kind of app with long running back end process, minimum or no user interaction and not in the foreground. Obviously JoyBidder eBay Auction Sniper application falls into this category of apps that Apple has determined to make it an example to make the earth a little greener.
This is disastrous to eBay sniper program users, for obvious reason, even off by several seconds, you will miss the snipe. That was why in my previous post I have warned Mac user  about this and provided a workable solution.

Here is the screen shot to show how to disable "app nap" for JoyBidder eBay Auction Sniper Pro edition. This also applies to JoyBidder eBay Auction Sniper Free edition as well.

Also, the latest version of JoyBidder Pro and JoyBidder Free for Mac OS X, have an experiment implementation to automatically disable the "app nap". This is experimental, meaning, it might work for some, not working for others. Please test it out before you bet your lift on it. You best and safest bet is still to disable the "app nap" through Finder as shown in the above screen capture.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

updated: eBay outage since last night and still on going

As of 9:00 AM PDT, eBay outage seems to have ended. You should now be able to login to eBay.
All JoyBidder server sniping and mobile eBay auction sniping service are currently restored and working.
JoyBidder Pro and JoyBidder Free users please restart the program and do the following.
1. go to JoyBidder User Manager
2. select the eBay ID
3. click the Save button (make sure "I am CAPTCHA'ed" option is un-checkec"
4. close JoyBidder User Manager
5. click Reload All toolbar button.
6. All the invalid / error status of items should be gone.

eBay outage since last night and still on going. You can get to the web site, but you cannot login to eBay. When you do, you will get the following.

This affects all JoyBidder eBay auction sniper service and product. Item cannot be updated and bid cannot be placed.

More information on this outage can be found here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to submit a test snipe from JoyBidder eBay Auction Sniper program

Since version 1.9.71, JoyBidder Pro eBay Auction Sniper has implemented a new feature to let user to test the sniping before put it into real use.

In the Bid dialog, user can now set negative lead seconds, for example, -360. This will let the program to automatically submit the bid 360 seconds later.  See screen shot below

When you click the bid button, the confirmation dialog will be shown as below
360 seconds later, the bid is submitted. See screen shot below
Note that the time that are highlighted in red in the item activity log view, the difference is 362 seconds. It is not exactly 360 seconds, as it has the extra overhead of scheduling the bid at the beginning and retrieve the item status and latest price after the bid is submitted. This test indicates the sniping is successful.

You might be asked by product support to run this test, but even if not, it is a good practice to run such a test once a day to make sure there is nothing out of ordinary.

You can find official JoyBidder Test Auction listing in eBay for testing purpose.

The test auction will be cancelled after it ends and will be re-listed. It will take some time for it appear in the eBay site and search result. So if you don't see them in the above two urls, doesn't mean they are not there. Just need to wait for eBay to finish its indexing process, so that is searchable and listed in the site.