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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Time shows 1 hour infront of actual auction Reply with quote

Using GDM and the auctions i have listed shown on ebay are all 1 hour longer than in GDM.

Is there a fix for this?

It is confusing and simply annoying as it is pointless using the GDM.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Claire,

They match what I see on the Gixen website, for me using version 1.0.4. Since the times are durations can you confirm that the duration that you see in the Desktop Manager is one hour less than the actual time left for the auction to run?

What timezone are you in, and do you have daylight saving enabled on your computer?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They match what I see on the Gixen website, for me using version 1.0.4.


My version is the same.

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Since the times are durations can you confirm that the duration that you see in the Desktop Manager is one hour less than the actual time left for the auction to run?


Yes

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What timezone are you in, and do you have daylight saving enabled on your computer?


+9.30 GMT and yes i have daylight savings enabled.

I can post screenshots if need be.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.... and the current time is correct on your computer?

I see Mario stated:

'Note that your desktop system time has to be accurate in order for this field to be accurate. Most newer Windows desktops use a time server to synchronize time, so this should not be a big issue. '

when he released this feature.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.... and the current time is correct on your computer?


Indeed it is. It is synced with time servers at the correct time.

At the time of this posting it is 1.19pm

h**p://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/australia/south-australia/adelaide/time.htm

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I see Mario stated:

'Note that your desktop system time has to be accurate in order for this field to be accurate. Most newer Windows desktops use a time server to synchronize time, so this should not be a big issue. '


I have read this and made sure all was correct, hence this thread.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claire, what is the full description of the time zone you chose?

GMT +9.30 is an absolute time, it should show cities / etc next to it.

What happens if you change the timezone to something else?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Claire, what is the full description of the time zone you chose?


UTC +9.30. Adelaide, South Australia.

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GMT +9.30 is an absolute time, it should show cities / etc next to it.


It does, Adelaide, this is where i live.

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What happens if you change the timezone to something else?


Ok, i changed the time to UTC +10.00 Brisbane and it now shows the correct time.

If i changed it to UTC +10.00 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney it shows an hour in front as with UTC +9.30.

Recently, our government (local) changed the daylight savings time and extra month or so (will check on that and confirm), i am unsure if this plays a role in the absolute time shown on the GDM.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daylight savings times for our timezone have changed to:

Began in 2008

Start: 5 October 2008
End: 5 April 2009

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Start: 4 October 2009
End:4 April 2010

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Start: 3 October 2010
End: 3 April 2011

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:

Recently, our government (local) changed the daylight savings time and extra month or so (will check on that and confirm), i am unsure if this plays a role in the absolute time shown on the GDM.


It shouldn't, we are not even close to the time switch date... Let me test this myself, time to move to Australia... at least virtually, on my laptop...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claire, indeed there is an issue with that time zone (not that I doubted you, but had to check myself). GDM uses a "time()" system call to obtain the current unix timestamp. The unix timestamp does not depend on DST or anything else, so for your timezone the value returned by Windows is flat wrong. This is a serious flaw in Windows.

Since I can't fix Windows, and don't want to make ugly hacks, I intend to make a Gixen API call to fetch a correct time from Gixen servers (that may be off then by a second or two due to network latency, but not by an hour), and possibly make this configurable in the settings or GDM.

I'll try to make a fix as soon as possible. Depending on how it goes it may take anywhere from few hours to a 3-4 days.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Claire, indeed there is an issue with that time zone


Thank god, i am not going crazy Smile

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(not that I doubted you, but had to check myself)


As i would expect you to.

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so for your timezone the value returned by Windows is flat wrong. This is a serious flaw in Windows.


Ok, can i submit this "bug/flaw" to M$? Would this be worth my while?

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I'll try to make a fix as soon as possible. Depending on how it goes it may take anywhere from few hours to a 3-4 days.


No hurry, i just thought i would bring the issue to your attention.

I mean if you have a dinner date, go to dinner Razz

Thanks Mario, you have been a great help today, and i thank you for that Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:

Ok, can i submit this "bug/flaw" to M$? Would this be worth my while?


Someone should - but imagine all the red tape until this gets fixed. For me, it's much easier to find an alternate solution.

Anyway, between our messages I found it shouldn't take too long for the fix to be out. Maybe in the new few hours.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claire, please download the latest version (1.0.5). The issue should be gone now.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This version works great, thanks Mario Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:54 am    Post subject: bid 1 hr before auction close Reply with quote

It appears that gixen placed a bid for me one hour before the auction closed on an item last night. Are you sure the daylight savings time is working?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: bid 1 hr before auction close Reply with quote

jhtkawmd wrote:
It appears that gixen placed a bid for me one hour before the auction closed on an item last night. Are you sure the daylight savings time is working?


Pretty sure, or I would have an avalanche of emails in my inbox. What is the item id? I will check what happened.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:29 am    Post subject: from jhtkawmd Reply with quote

mario, the number was 230450077372 - a levi jacket
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: from jhtkawmd Reply with quote

jhtkawmd wrote:
mario, the number was 230450077372 - a levi jacket


It wasn't Gixen who placed your bid early - just checked the logs, and Gixen processed your bid on time, and got message "bid too low", so Gixen did not place a bid for you at all.

Looking at the auction, I can't be sure as usernames are scrambled, but I wouldn't say that your bid was placed on this auction at all. Did you use another username & another sniping service by any chance?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

negative - maybe the bid passed me by before it was time for gixen to bid?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhtkawmd wrote:
negative - maybe the bid passed me by before it was time for gixen to bid?


Well that's what it looks like to me, that your maximum bid was too low at the auction end time, but I don't understand what made you think that your bid was placed an hour early?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:57 am    Post subject: my not-early bid Reply with quote

I still learning how this works - i saw a bid placed an hour before the auction closed and assumed it was mine. I have used gixen with 100% success twice recently, and I must say it is really impressive - was just stunned I missed this one - oh well, no loss.
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