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Old 12-14-2007, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Update to version 0.41.3:

- The user is now able to configure the date, the billing occurs, this way defining at which day of the month the period's counter is reset. Please have a look on my website (below) for the detailed rules of calculation.
- The current period start and end date is shown in the logbook screen.
- A second logbook screen is added to show the summary of the last periods - reachable from the menu in the daily logbook screen.
- A purge logbook function is available in the logbook screen's menu. The user may choose how many days to keep (30, 60, 90) and if the period's logbook should be purged as well. At the end of the purging function a small summary shows how many records were deleted.
- Changes to the building of the main screen. This should avoid the problems reported on different devices having some small arrows at the button without being able to really scroll.
- The application pops to foreground now, if the limit is reached.
- The logbooks are displayed in reverse order now, the most recent entries on top.
- Plus a lot of small things in the code, which I forgot to write down and that's why are not mentioned here.

So from my point of view the basic functionality, I planned to implement originally and what was added here on the forum is implemented now. Things which were mentioned here in the posts not implemented yet are still on my to do list but will take little time. Except the autostart feature what will be my next challenge and comes soon.

I had a look on the capture proposal - I think it will a little overload our small devices - may be it's a subject of a different project.

Please, if you feel there are needs forgotten by me, post them here and I'll see what I can do.

From the experience of the last update for the people using the OTA: It may take time until you are able to download the now version. But it is already there! Try it again later. The last time it took more then 2 hours for to be able to see the new version.

Please see MiniMoni - Traffic monitor for BlackBerry for a more detailed description of the new functions.

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It was asked several times in the forum and I took the opportunity to practise Java programming for the BB. So here is what the application is about:

- Logs the amount of traffic
- Writes daily data usage in a kind of logbook
- Every logbook entry can have a remark
- Cumulate the amount of traffic over the month
- Opportunity to set an alert on exceeding a predefined limit
- Several configuration options
- Scrolling graph showing the last minute's traffic
- For devices with SD - ability to write the content of the logbook to the SD
- Separate "Traffic watch" to observe the traffic for a limited period of time separately (Testing of an application etc.)

Please take into account: This is a beta version! Read the website carefully before using it! Please be aware that your provider might do some rounding, so the traffic you have to pay for might be 10%-20% more then we measure on the device.

Website with some screen shoots and explanation

MiniMoni - Traffic monitor for BlackBerry

Download (for DM)

http://www.ehnert.net/MiniMoni/MiniMoni.zip

Download (for OTA)

http://www.ehnert.net/MiniMoni/MiniMoni.jad

Please let me know any problems/suggestions.


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Old 12-14-2007, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, thanks. Some folks in Canada are gonna love you.
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Thanks!!!

Installed and deployed to 1/2 dozen people through the BES.
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Wow, a lot of testers
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I installed but not sure how I can test since I am using BIS
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Just let it run a couple of days in the background and you'll see the logbook filling. It doesn't matter that you are on BIS.

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As I recall from the other thread, some users had asked for some app to measure either of curiosity or need, to see the data usage on the BB.
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sweet! I have no real need to monitor my data usage but I love me some geeky tools that...well, let me be nerdy.

Here's a JAD file for those (like me) who need OTA installs:

MiniMoni.jad
Code:
MIDlet-Name: Mini Monitor Application
MIDlet-Vendor: LexaSoft
MIDlet-Version: 0.26.3
MIDlet-Description: Small monitoring application for traffic parameters
MIDlet-Jar-Size: 0
RIM-COD-URL-1: MiniMoni.cod
RIM-COD-Size-1: 48404
RIM-COD-Module-Dependencies: net_rim_cldc,net_rim_os
MicroEdition-Configuration: CLDC-1.1
MicroEdition-Profile: MIDP-2.0
Manifest-Version: 1.0
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You da man, Rivvie, thanks for the OTA!

and, of course, you too, Axel!
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Axel, a suggestion: for screens *other* than the main screen, switch to using the user's Theme fonts. The amount of info on the main screen makes sense you need to control the font, but the Prefs, About, Traffic Watch and so forth should degrade back to my theme font so that it feels like part of my BB, smooth look-n-feel integration.

(right now it's all squishimified down to your hardcoded font, I use the T-Mobile ZEN default 'BBMillibank Tall 8' font for my device and really like it)
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BTW, really really nice "first" programming effort on the BB. If this is your Hello World I can't wait to see what's coming next.
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Respekt - Vorab schonmal ein großes Lob an Dich, Axel!
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AWESOME APP!!!!! you rock! sooooo happy now... lol

i love it but one thing i would love to see in a futur version (if you decided to of course) is being ablek to change the date that the month resets at, as i'm sure alot of people have different billing cycles for when there data plan restarts... other then that its awesome... loving it so far!
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As I recall from the other thread, some users had asked for some app to measure either of curiosity or need, to see the data usage on the BB.
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Hi all,

thanks to all for testing and giving feedback.

@mrking: Happy to be your Santa Claus

@Cory Scheuer: I expected this request . Though I have shortly to think about it, what is the best way to implement this.

@rivviepop: This IS my Hello world application . I'll think about an option in preferences to let the user decide if to use the application's fonts or system's fonts. I'll not do this for the main and logbook screen, though. Because for both screens you will not be happy with this . And thanks a lot for the OTA.

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After using it for a couple days, I would like to see an option to display the data as more than just bytes. It would be great to display it in kilobytes as well. megabytes too, but can be limiting.

Sometimes I just go cross-eyed counting the digits.
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I'll add an option later on to show the amount as kB or MB...

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You may try to download the new version (0.30.0) with the opportunity to select "Show kB" in the preferences. So you might relax your eyes The max/s is shown in bytes, though, all the time. Using GPRS as me, it makes more sense.

http://www.ehnert.net/MiniMoni/MiniMoni.zip

There is second option added for the fonts to use, which still has no real function

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After using it for a couple days, I would like to see an option to display the data as more than just bytes. It would be great to display it in kilobytes as well. megabytes too, but can be limiting.

Sometimes I just go cross-eyed counting the digits.
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Axel, is there a remote chance it doesn't see Wifi traffic based on the APIs used? I haven't had a lot of time to debug, but I could swear it doesn't see my Wifi like it does my EDGE usage. I'll have to be more methodical and debug better, but that's what it felt like (maybe I was smoking crack at the time). Hrmm.
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Difficult for me to say ... As I'm using a device without Wifi and for that have a JDE 4.2 installed no information is there about Wifi traffic. But I'll have a look on the 4.3 JDE later on, though, it would mean to maintain two different versions - what I honestly would not like to ... But I agree, if the Wifi is included the measurement stops to make sense.

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Axel, is there a remote chance it doesn't see Wifi traffic based on the APIs used? I haven't had a lot of time to debug, but I could swear it doesn't see my Wifi like it does my EDGE usage. I'll have to be more methodical and debug better, but that's what it felt like (maybe I was smoking crack at the time). Hrmm.
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