System Utilities - Firewall Switch

Description: This widget displays the current status of your firewall. Simply click the icon to switch your firewall on or off. On the back you can select an application to open automatically after you turn the firewall on. You can also double-click the widget to open the selected app immediately without switching the firewall status.
Author: robotspacer
Version: 2.12
New in v2.12: This is an important bug fix for a problem where the firewall may not be correctly toggled even though it appears to be.
Uploaded on: April 9th 2010 at 1:17 AM
Rating: (3.5 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 3415 (all versions), 427 (this version)
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There can be quite a delay when activating the firewall, can you put some kind of indicator in that shows what is being done?

Also, would there be any harm in making the back "bigger" - It's quite awkward to use at the moment

Posted by: MikeGA on Sep 11, 05 (5:22 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

does not work for me. always asks for assiting devices to be actived though they are

Posted by: Vicelow on Sep 11, 05 (5:30 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

The glowing appearance after you click it indicates that it is busy. I don't want to enlarge the widget with any textual information. If you use it often, keeping System Preferences open in the background will speed things up greatly. I realize this isn't ideal, but it's the difference between a quick, simple project, and one far more complicated.

Vicelow, if you'd like to email me or post some more details here, perhaps we can work out your problem. I'm unable to reproduce it currently. The one thing I can think of that may cause issues is if your OS is running in a language other than English. Currently only English is supported.

Posted by: robotspacer (developer) on Sep 12, 05 (3:23 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Hi robotspacer, thanks for your help. Since 1.1 it works for me except one thing: it leaves system preferences open after switching on/off which seems to be a "feature"

Posted by: Vicelow on Sep 12, 05 (11:42 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

P.S. it was like you said (language settings). all that because I'm german.. smiley

Posted by: Vicelow on Sep 12, 05 (11:45 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Yes, that is a "feature", because switching the firewall is much much faster that way. With my Bluetooth Switch widget, I close System Preferences when Bluetooth is shut off. With that widget I expect most people will turn Bluetooth on, use it, turn it off again, and not use it for a while... So it makes sense to close System Preferences. With this widget I'm not so sure about how people will use it.

I may change how it works if I get a lot of feedback, or even provide a preference for it on the back, but for now that's just how it is.

Glad to hear it's working well for you otherwise!

Posted by: robotspacer (developer) on Sep 13, 05 (6:05 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

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