Shopping - Woot.com

Description: At Woot.com one hugely-discounted product is released each evening at 12 midnight (Monday - Friday). This product is available for only 24 hours or until it totally sells out.

This widget displays the current-selling product at Woot.com.
Author: TrilogyOfThelma
Version: 1.26
New in v1.26: Update widget to address changes in the Woot.com website.
Uploaded on: December 9th 2005 at 1:22 AM
Rating: (4.31 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 4841 (all versions), 1640 (this version)
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Nice widget. Are you going to post my version of it soon?

Posted by: zweben on Jun 19, 05 (2:46 AM) for version 0.52b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

This is brilliant -- love it!

Posted by: SurferLeo on Jun 19, 05 (4:09 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Um... are real visitors here really so excited about a spam widget?

Posted by: BlogD on Jun 19, 05 (5:06 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Spam is unsolicited e-mail...

What's a "spam widget"?

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jun 19, 05 (6:41 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

...why is this spam?

Posted by: SiliconX on Jun 20, 05 (1:33 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Spam widget?!? What in the world are you talking about?

I'm excited about this because it SAVES TIME, allowing me to see the latest product with very little effort on my part.

Posted by: SurferLeo on Jun 20, 05 (4:18 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Doesn't properly update the "I Want One" / "Sold Out" button. I'm looking at the woot mainpage right now, and even though the widget has the correct product displayed, it says "Sold Out", but woot itself says "I Want One".

Posted by: Darkside on Jun 20, 05 (4:01 PM) for version 1.01 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Nevermind my last post; I need to check version numbers before I complain. smiley

I do, however, have whole new things to complain about. What's with the excessive emboss? Looks really cheesy. It'd also be cooler if the button actually said "i want one"; making the widget a tiny, condensed mirror of the woot site (which includes maintaining terminology) would make this widget really something.

Posted by: Darkside on Jun 20, 05 (4:35 PM) for version 1.01 (previous version)  

Darkside,

That problem appeared in version 1.0 but was fixed with version 1.0.1. Thanks!

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jun 20, 05 (4:37 PM) for version 1.01 (previous version)  

Darkside,

All good comments -- your requested changes have been implemented here in version 1.0.2. Thank you.

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jun 20, 05 (7:21 PM) for version 1.02 (previous version)  

It's a spam widget because it's selling something, it's essentially an advertising gimmick. "Spam" is not just unsolicited email (as any blogger), but refers to any marketing technique introduced into an otherwise non-commercial atmosphere. God help us when the casinos, poker gambling sites and pill-pushers start making widgets...

Posted by: BlogD on Jun 21, 05 (1:30 AM) for version 1.02 (previous version)  

NEWS FLASH, you *choose* to download and install a widget. Spam just shows up.

But let's not argue over semantics...

Within the last 48 hours, 283 people on this site voluntarily downloaded the file. So, despite your criticisms, I think there's probably a demand for it.

I have no ties, nor am I employed by, Woot.com. In fact, I hadn't even heard of them until 4-5 days ago. I wrote this widget because I like their approach and (the *real* reason) because a close friend wanted it.

Anyway, enough of this silliness... Brap on.

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jun 21, 05 (5:21 AM) for version 1.02 (previous version)  

woot!

Posted by: Radruler on Jun 21, 05 (6:00 AM) for version 1.02 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

If this is a "spam" widget, as others have said....then, all the amazon widgets, ebay widgets (are there any?), etc need to go as well.

This widget does exactly what it says. It is quicker than going to the site...albeit by a few seconds. Actually, it is more about convience than anything else.

Posted by: brianlees on Jun 22, 05 (6:12 PM) for version 1.03 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

TrilogyOfThelma:

Damn, that's some spiffy service. smiley

It looks MUCH nicer now that the emboss is under control. The Small interface is pretty cool too; I didn't imagine my suggestion of "condensed" would be taken so literally. Very professional... well, as professional as anything woot related can be. smiley

Today's item also highlights other areas for improvement/fixes: the subtitle cuts off at the apostrophe (whoops!), the "i want one!" button gets pushed down into the bottom border (not too big a deal, unless it ever gets pushed totally off the widget), and in the Small interface, there could be some more whitespace between the price and the product name -- if the name can wrap at all, might as well start wrapping it sooner so it doesn't slam up against the price (also not too big a deal).

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Darkside on Jun 24, 05 (1:59 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

BlogD:

What are you smoking? It's bad stuff, stop using it. If someone's dumb enough to burn system resources displaying a widget for a "pill-pushing site", a widget that someone else was dumb enough to make in the first place, let them. In that case, dumb people congregating around a stupid idea doesn't hurt me.

This widget is NOT in that category; like brianlees said, it's just like the amazon and ebay widgets; legitimate sites offering legitimate sales.

Posted by: Darkside on Jun 24, 05 (2:03 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Darkside,

Again, all good points -- they have all been addressed here in version 1.1.1.

Thanks!

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jun 24, 05 (9:21 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Cool, I hadn't found out about woot.com until I saw your widget, it's great. Now I wish I had a bigger screen so I could place all of the insanely great widgets I've found today.

Posted by: hackand on Jul 07, 05 (4:44 AM) for version 1.12 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Ah crap, now you need a widget redesign to match the website. smiley

Posted by: Darkside on Jul 13, 05 (1:50 AM) for version 1.13 (previous version)  

The widget redesign will appear in version 1.2, to be released later today or tomorrow. Thanks!

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jul 13, 05 (2:59 AM) for version 1.13 (previous version)  

Neato.

I also didn't know of the site until I came across your widget. It'd be nice if they ever had something I wanted, and I remain hopeful, so I'll keep the widget around. It would also be neat if the widget had some other color choices or something, just because dark green is not in my taste, nor does it look that snazzy. But I understand this is to match the site, and as this will be one of those widgets I call up periodically rather than have it on all the time, I'm ok with it. Thanks for an interesting widget! <("<smiley

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To give a formal definition, SPAM is a "backronym" of Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages, which has expanded to include not only unsolicited email but generally unsolicited time-wasters of any kind.

Now, it's one thing if you thought you were downloading something else and you got this instead, but I thought it was pretty clear I was getting a woot.com widget.... In no way does it count as unsolicited, and it doesn't even start doing stuff (like spawning ads and popups) on its own, so I rather consider it a decent widget....

So, while I agree with you on the casino-widget category, BlogD, and I can understand that commercial-use widgets might not be welcome to all people, being commercial alone doesn't qualify as being spam.

If you REALLY want to see commercial widgets put in a separate category or have "this is commercial" warnings or something, I suppose you could suggest that to the admins. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend being critical of others' excitement...it's not usually received well, being blind to the point that some people may appreciate something that you don't, and that's fine. Although, I wouldn't appreciate comments like "what are you smoking" either, because they could result in petty, unsightly comment flame fights. Glad to see that didn't happen though, I appreciate that.

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Posted by: BagOfHammers on Jul 15, 05 (7:01 AM) for version 1.21 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I see the point about people downloading it ergo it is not unsolicited... but it still qualifies as spam in my book because it essentially allows the merchandiser to put an ad of their choice on your computer--you don't control the content, they do. That is the difference between this widget and an Amazon widget, for example--on the Amazon widget, you define the search because you want to find something. Here, you don't define the items displayed--the company does. Think of it as akin to telling your email's spam filter to send any spam from company X to your inbox. Okay, so you defined the parameters so that you want to see advertisements from company X. So is company X's spam no longer spam? Again, if unsolicited/solicited marks the difference for you, then it's not spam. For me, it's the matter of someone else deciding which commercial message to slap on my screen every day; solicited or not, for me, that's spam.

As for asking the admins about warnings, I really don't care. It's clear what this widget does, and if that's what you want, then cool. I'm just averse to anything that even comes close to spam, so it's a personal idiosyncrasy, I s'pose.

As for the number of downloads this widget has amassed, mentioned previously--any new widget, even the annoying non-animated single-image widgets, get a good number of initial downloads from the curious. The number of downloads this widget has gotten since then is due to the fact that this widget has been updated more than just about any other widget (at least 8 times after the initial release, by my count)--and each update not only bumps the widget to the top of the list (giving it more attention than other widgets), but prompts the people who use the widget to download it again for the nth time.

Posted by: BlogD on Jul 15, 05 (2:29 PM) for version 1.21 (previous version)  

BagOfHammers, I'm with you on the green -- I pretty much detest it. Per your observation, just trying to mimic the corporate site... The customized color option is a good idea.

BlogD, enough already...

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Jul 16, 05 (5:52 AM) for version 1.21 (previous version)  

"Enough already"? I was responding to someone else's message directed squarely at me, after restraining from commenting on comments made by many others. Don't be petty.

Posted by: BlogD on Jul 16, 05 (1:23 PM) for version 1.21 (previous version)  

Best. Widget. Ever.

Seriously, I am picky about my widgets. It's gotta provide real purpose, save me clicks or action, be elegant and efficient in design, and be fun.

This widget does it all.

Thanks!

Posted by: Fofer on Jul 24, 05 (6:24 PM) for version 1.23 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

BLOGD,

you are a dope! if you actually took the time to look at woot you'd realize that they only sell one product at a time. you can't search because there is only one product.

if you are gonna comment on someone's widget you might at least take two minutes to figure out what it's all about.

also, an advertisment is not a product listing. not in the sense that you mean anyway.

as for trying to make it a personal choice on how to define spam... well that is just dumb. seriously, i suppose you could also call a horse an umbrella, but it doesn't mean you are right. spam is defined as unsolicited, look it up.


sorry all, but i hate it when people come down on someone for terrible reasons.

Posted by: jonlink on Aug 18, 05 (4:34 AM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

lets also consider that this is in a shopping category, it therefore demands that you are able to purchase something. don't look in the shopping category if you don't want to see widgets that lead to things you can buy.

Posted by: jonlink on Aug 18, 05 (4:37 AM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

Jonlink:

1. Insults are uncalled for. Not to mention in violation of the Terms of Service (see the "Questionable Content" section) you agreed to when registering.
2. I never claimed it searched; on the contrary, I specified that it does not allow you to define the content.
3. Now, what were you saying about "you might at least take two minutes to figure out what it's all about" before commenting? You might want to read what I wrote before making unsupported claims and then firing off insults.
4. Opinions are what these comments are supposed to be for, at least in part. If you don't like them, don't read them. But don't attack others for expressing them.
5. I didn't find it in the shopping category. I found it when it appeared at the top listing on one of its many bumps due to upgrades.

Don't you hate it when people come down on other people for terrible reasons?

Posted by: BlogD on Aug 18, 05 (12:03 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

blogD,

read my post you'll see that i was responding to you bringing searches into the discussion in the first place. searches are NOT possible so why mention them-- it's ridiculous. i read your post, and you clearly read, but did not understand, mine.

this widget like every other widget is entitled to its place in the showcase when it is new, if you don't like that your looking at the wrong website.

as for violating TOS, who knows-- i was only expressing my views. i don't think it was abusive, certainly not nearly as abusive as your "comments." uninformed attacks that vaguely hit on what the widget is about hardly help anyone. if you don't like shopping widgets go to the forum to make your general and broad complaints. if you have something useful to say about this widget, then please chime in. again, with searches not being possible the mention of them is not in any way appropriate.

Posted by: jonlink on Aug 18, 05 (3:14 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

>> "read my post you'll see that i was responding to you bringing searches into the discussion in the first place."

Sorry, you did not in any way specify that you were "responding" to "bringing searches into the discussion" Your writing instead stated that I was not aware that there was no search function:

>> "if you actually took the time to look at woot you'd realize that they only sell one product at a time.
>> you can't search because there is only one product.
>> ... you might at least take two minutes to figure out what it's all about.

If you wanted to say "there's no reason to bring up searches," or "why did you bring up searches when there's not one in the widget?" you could have written that--but you did not. Your statement simply says I did not notice the widget lacks a search feature. Ergo, my response.

>> "searches are NOT possible so why mention them-- it's ridiculous."

Again, read my post. I am making the distinction between the user defining what appears on the desktop, and a company selling something deciding what appears on the desktop. In that context, a search-versus-no search dichotomy makes perfect sense. And I made that point with perfect clarity. If you could not understand it, don't blame me.

>> "this widget like every other widget is entitled to its place in the showcase when it is new,
>> if you don't like that your looking at the wrong website."

Okay, now you are implying that I am annoyed by the fact that it got into the showcase. Which makes no more sense than your previous post--I never stated that I did not like it there. I simply explained where I found it. Makes no difference to me.

>> i don't think it was abusive...

I see. So calling someone "dumb," saying they're a "dope," those are terms of endearment, and your tone was friendly instead of pejorative. My mistake. Don't worry, I am more amused than offended. But it is in violation of the terms of service. And if you don't like being called wrong when you are, I cannot help that you feel abused--but it is not abusive.

As for your closing insinuation that my comments do not belong here, you will kindly note that all comments after my first single-sentence comment were in response to persons such as yourself. As you so succinctly put it, "go to the forum to make your general and broad complaints." But don't complain to me because you don't follow your own advice.

But please, go ahead and carry on this discussion here since you seem so intent. I'm sure the widget author enjoys these chats under his widget.

Posted by: BlogD on Aug 18, 05 (5:16 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

my final response
http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=5408#5408


also, nice widget. i don't have money to blow on these kinds of things right now even if they are priced well, but people seem to be enjoying this widget very much.

Posted by: jonlink on Aug 18, 05 (7:11 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

hee hee...I thought about posting a reply to BlogD's views on spam, saying that no matter how you define spam, unsolicited, solicited, etc., it is unreasonable to bash the developer on this one because it is stated clearly: "This widget displays the current-selling product at Woot.com." By using the widget, one agrees to this, entirely, without conditions. It does not suggest that one gets to choose what is advertised (although a filter would be neat...say, ignoring items above or below a price).

In the very end, this does not fit the accepted definition of spam. Further, the widget is doing nothing illegal or malicious. In my opinion, wanting to control what is advertised is unrealistic, and makes one *seem* like a bit of a control freak. (BlogD said the problem was "someone else deciding which commercial message" is displayed.) We are surrounded by unsolicited ads we don't get to control (the contents of), such as TV commercials, radio, newspaper ads, labels on products, etc, etc, etc. I don't expect anyone used to ads on tv to be so upset about this perfectly benign, text-and image, silent product viewer. I can understand if it was flashy and screamed out loud, but it really is quite respectful. I want other people reading this comment trail to understand that this widget certainly does not qualify as what the majority of people (used to flashy ads) would find upsetting.

I said earlier that I was just happy this didn't turn into an ugly flame war, but look at yew tew! This may not be the ugliest flame war, but let's stick to legitimate concerns about the widget, eh?

Bottom line: this widget is safe, legal, polite, by my standards and by standards I expect people used to seeing/hearing ads would share. Let's keep the discussion safe, legal, and polite too. And further, don't smoke, don't do drugs, and don't make babies with dirty people.

<("<smiley

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Aug 19, 05 (4:43 AM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

Clicking the woot logo to change between large and small interface only works going from small to large. To switch from large to small you have to rotate the widget and check the radio button.

Otherwise a usefull widget (although it's not working right now since woot.com says "server too busy"smiley

Posted by: dturley on Aug 22, 05 (1:01 AM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

dturley,

I can't reproduce your stated problem. It switches fine for me from both small and large interfaces. Weird...

Posted by: TrilogyOfThelma (developer) on Aug 22, 05 (4:23 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

It is now working. I reinstalled the widget last night, with no resolution. Today, I still had a blank area where the item graphic should be. I clicked to change to large view, the item then appeared, and switching works both ways again.

Perhaps the widget hangs when the woot.com site is not responding?

Posted by: dturley on Aug 22, 05 (5:26 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)  

This is exactly what the dashboard was developed for. As a developer for over 28 years now I am qualified to compliment you with authority on your _very_ appropriate application of the techniques and intentions of the Dashboard / Widgets system. The earlier posters claiming it to be spam miss the point - I asked for this information - your widget helps me with my intentions. The Birkenstock crowd would have us believe there is evil in commerce. I counter that this sort of thing is business by opt-in. Nice work!

Posted by: epurkiss on Aug 29, 05 (7:44 PM) for version 1.24 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

It's great, but please make it remember that I have it in the smaller mode, so that every time the dashboard boots up I don't have to reset it. It's a minor thing, but it would make me so happy.

Posted by: dougward on May 29, 07 (6:18 PM) for version 1.26 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Widget has been broken the last few days. It shows nothing at all. There have been several users complaining of this on the Woot forum. The widget needs to be updated.

Posted by: MotleyFool on Jun 29, 07 (3:06 AM) for version 1.26 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I spoke to the original author via IM and he said I should go ahead and update it -- so with a minor fix, I've uploaded 1.2.7.

Posted by: MStowe on Jun 29, 07 (7:03 PM) for version 1.26 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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