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Zirynx reviewed on 27 Oct 2006
Truly excellent, useful and informative widget. And it's free! I've recently downloaded and tried out a number of similar style dash widgets and this is the one that I've warmed to more than any of the others.

Crucially, it has a really sensible range of update/refresh options, from minutes to hours, as well a manual 'update now' button. Others that I have tried either update too frequently (automatically on activation) or too infrequnetly, resulting in incorrect information displayed, which can't easily be overidden, without restarting the widget. This particularly a problem if, like me, you are mobile and moving around different departments or company locations. The WAN IP history is great too.

I have one feature request, relating to update/refresh control that for me, would make it really complete. That is a checkbox/option to update automatically after wake from sleep. This is almost always when my IP changes and at the moment, a click on the 'manual update' button id required.

Although 'update on activation' is available, it's not ideal and in fact, you do not recommended it, which is understandable. But 'auto refresh on wake from sleep' would be great! Any thoughts Mr. Developer?

By the way, what is the 'animation bug' introduced with 10.4.7? I don't see anything wrong, but I am a new user of your widget, and so don't have prior experience.

Thanks again for a really great widget!

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Zirynx replied on 11 Jan 2007
That's great news! I have been wondering how progress has been, so it's great to hear back that it will be included.

As for the idea, you're very welcome! Having the idea was the easy part :-) but you are doing the difficult part of implementing it, for which we should all be grateful!

Once again, thanks very much for working on the feature and also, for taking the time to report information back to this review thread.
Zirynx commented on 19 Jan 2007
Hi there. Just downloaded 1.5 and am pleased to see that the update from sleep function seems to work just fine!. Thank you. If you don't mind me saying so, I would have preferred the option to enable (for my portables) or disable (for my desktops) this feature, such as a checkbox called 'refresh on wake from sleep' near to 'refresh on activation'. It's a small point, and in any case, perhaps you thought it was such a good idea that everyone should have it. :-)

I don't miss the IPv6 or broadcast information, but I do miss the DNS data. Was this removal intentional or an accident? In some locations/configurations, my DNS data is sourced from the gateway but in others, it is configured explicitly. Therefore, I do miss that information very much :-(

I really like the option to show all interfaces, including those that are inactive. However, in expanded view, there is now a lot of information listed vertically, and it drops off the screen!

Therefore, may I make one more suggestion/request, please?! That is, the option to show all the information in a nominally horizontal window? Each interface (or section of data) would be displayed left to right, in it's own 'column', with it's IPv4 and 'Other' information vertically, in the rows just below it. Therefore, Config, Name, Type, would all be on the same row for each interface and would make it much much easier to read, or scan quickly, especially when lots of information is displayed at one time. Of course, most screens are also wider than they are tall, so I think might work well.

Hope you don't mind me making the suggestion. What do you think about it?

Regards, John
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