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Who created Bidwatcher?

Bidwatcher was originally created by Trent and Tom McNair. Sadly, Trent McNair announced in March '00 that he no longer has time to maintain his bidwatcher program.

As a user of Bidwatcher, I decided that it was trivial to release the work that I would do anyway to keep it running. So, I set up this web site and I fix the bugs as I hear about them. Since I only have access to Linux, I can't maintain the MS-Windows version of this program. (It was based on a different source tree anyway.)

I really appreciate Trent's work, and I can take little credit for the current code.

Older versions of Bidwatcher

You can find older versions of bidwatcher in the download directory. Most of these versions won't work with Ebay, but they may be of historical value. The most current version can always be found at http://www.schlitt.net/bidwatcher/download/bidwatcher-current.tar.gz .

Other Forks of Bidwatcher

There is at least one other fork from Trent McNair's verions of bidwatcher out there.

The one I know of is at http://bidwatcher.sourceforge.net/ and is being maintained by Larry Gilbert and Ben Byer. Our two forks are in the process of being merged, although this may take a while. The current "development" version of bidwatcher there probably works, although it has had major changes and should not be used if you don't want to help debug things.

When Larry tells me that he is ready, I expect that bidwatcher will be transferred to sourceforge. I do not have time to do active development on bidwatcher, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. I have mostly been just fixing bugs. The work that I've done on the documentation is a response from people having problems and me not being able to tell them to "RTFM". In the long run, I hope this work will reduce my involvement in bidwatcher.

Until this transfer takes place, it appears that this site is where to get a working version of bidwatcher. After the transfer takes place, I will maintain this URL and redirect it to sourceforge so that there won't be dead links.

While I'm not an expert, I believe the information on this page is correct. Please send suggestions and corrections to the webmaster.
This web site runs on 100% Open Source Software. This web page was last changed on 12/02/2004 at 09:02:36.