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Laughing Man is an application for monitoring webpage changes. It uses a Web servers last modified date if available, otherwise it generates a hash number based on the contents of the page

Laughing Man explores data storage methods and a framework for supporting multiple storage methods in an application. The applications name is taken from a character in the "Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex" series.

Laughing Man is written in Java and the source is available under GPL.

What's New

Version 1.0:
  • Save bookmark name bug fixed
  • Rearranged some display logic
  • Bug fix for space bar cycling of changed sites logic
  • About box defancified
  • Readme now in html format
  • Force hash code check box bug fixed


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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le-macinfo Member IconReview+11

This app show some promise. But it fails on web pages with dynamic banner ads, etc. (rotating banner ads fool the app into thinking of a web site change, even though you put on "ignore images", because the underlying ad-rotation-code also makes little changes to the incoming html code!)

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

This is a great application. It does exactly what it's supposed to do with out any problems and saves me time visiting pages.

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Version 0.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

funny, I've got the same image tattooed on my right shoulder blade, although, it's much less muddled.

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Version 0.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

nice icon from a damn great anime ;-)

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Version 0.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

an 'ok' app, shows some promise... does take quite a few bounces to launch, does not allow for checking at intervals less than 'daily'. would like to see the ability to check a site as often as every five minutes.

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Version 0.3

The long load time for the application is most likely because it is written in Java. The system must load the java libraries first and setup a virtual machine if they are not ready. Try the following test. Load the application, then close and reopen. It won't take as long for the app to load the second time because the Java back end is now in ready.

I'll take a peek and see if I can make the load time quicker but I have a feeling the only way to do this would be to port the app to Objective-C

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Downloads 5,802
Version Downloads 3,329
License Free
Date 09 Oct 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free