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First 3rd Party Add-on Developed for ClearCheckbook.com!

11/6/2007 in ClearCheckbook Updates
This little add-on is aimed at those of you who are frequent users of the command line. The add-on interfaces with the Google Talk CheckBot and allows you to execute withdrawals, deposits and transfers, but without having to sign into Google Talk. There's more though, it even has an offline support mode!

Here's the official description from the developer's website:

This small script allows you to add transactions to your Checkcheckbook.com account without having to fire up a browser windows/tab. It uses the Google Talk Bot of CCB to do this and hence you will need to enable Google Talk setup on CCB. The script also supports offline mode of operation so if the script cannot connect to the server or you work in offline mode (-o), the script writes the transaction to a local file. The next time it is invoked to connect to the server, it sends the old transactiont too to the server.

Requires the Net::XMPP Perl module. To use, rename to script to ccb-bot4bot.pl . To configure the script, open it in an editor and edit the following:

  • Set your Google Talk username for the $username variable

  • Set the password associated with that username as the $password variable.

  • Change $offlineFile to point to your offline file. Make sure that the permissions allow the script to write into it.

  • perl ccb-bot4bot.pl -h gives you the usage


To download the latest version of the add-on, download it here.

Thanks Srijith for your work!

Your donations being put to good use.

11/1/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
With the traffic to ClearCheckbook more than tripling in four months, our server has really been put to the test... and it hasn't been doing so well. The release of V2 and the additional traffic it has brought has just about pushed our existing server over the edge and into unstable territory.

Because we want ClearCheckbook to be as fast as possible, we've decided to finally upgrade to a real server that will be able to serve our needs for years to come. With that being said, I would like to thank all of you who have donated to ClearCheckbook since we started taking donations almost exactly a year ago. To date, we have received almost $1,000 in donations ranging from a few dollars all the way up to $50 a piece.

We've taken that money and purchased a new server with two Quad Core 1.60Ghz processors, 4 GB of RAM and dual 80 Gig hard drives (We're calling the server DocOck). The server itself cost just over $2,000 and should be arriving in our hands this Friday (tomorrow). Now that we will finally have a really sweet and powerful server, we also need to upgrade our hosting to accommodate it. With the new hosting provider, we're looking at a yearly fee of around $1,200 simply to host the website.

If you have been thinking about sending in a donation, it would be great if you did in the next couple of weeks. Every little bit we have helps. For now, with the remainder of the server cost and the hosting fees for the year, we're going to be paying about $2,200 out of our pockets.

Don't worry though, even if we don't get enough donations to cover the additional costs, the site isn't going anywhere. It just helps us out a little more if we have some additional money to pay for upgrades, etc.

We're probably going to be switching to the new server some time the week of November 12. We'll post more details when the time comes.

Thanks!
-Brandon

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