Phoenix Fetch

Well I just started my Master’s degree program with the University of Phoenix! While I do love the online structure and tools available, I quickly noticed that I found myself logging in repeatedly throughout the day to see if there were new posts. Many times there are no new posts, so it gets frustrating after doing this repeatedly day after day. I searched high and low within the site to see if there was some form of notification system, whether it be by email or some other medium, but found nothing…

…so I set to work!

I just finished up my first release of what I’m dubbing “Phoenix Fetch.” A small desktop utility that runs in the system tray (GUI included) that checks your registered course’s discussion forum for new posts. I’ve added some options such as check interval (can be set between 1 minute to every 5 minutes), as well as audio and visual notifications in the system tray. It’s been working wonderfully for me so far and I can see my response time to new discussion posts increase. Imagine if everyone in your class received instant notifications, it might just promote greater discussions with more input, more consistently!

I am working on integrating email notifications as we speak, but wanted to put a release out there to solicit feedback for future releases. Let me know if you find it useful, and it doesn’t hurt to spread the word!

Comments welcome.

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Link removed. See updated “Phoenix Fetch v2.0″ Post for latest version.
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2 thoughts on “Phoenix Fetch

  1. Nick Karaguezian

    Hi Steve,

    I’m having issues installing this it says: an error occurred attempting to install Phoenix fetch. Under details I see:
    Unable to locate application file ‘Setup.msi’.

    See the setup log file located at ‘C:\Users\Nick\AppData\Local\Temp\VSD2FC8.tmp\install.log’ for more information.

    I looked at the logs and I see this:

    The following properties have been set:
    Property: [AdminUser] = true {boolean}
    Property: [ProcessorArchitecture] = AMD64 {string}
    Property: [VersionNT] = 6.0.0 {version}
    Running checks for package ‘Windows Installer 3.1′, phase BuildList
    The following properties have been set for package ‘Windows Installer 3.1′:
    Running checks for command ‘WindowsInstaller3_1\WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe’
    Result of running operator ‘VersionGreaterThanOrEqualTo’ on property ‘VersionMsi’ and value ’3.1′: true
    Result of checks for command ‘WindowsInstaller3_1\WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe’ is ‘Bypass’
    ‘Windows Installer 3.1′ RunCheck result: No Install Needed
    Running checks for package ‘.NET Framework 3.5′, phase BuildList
    Reading value ‘Install’ of registry key ‘HKLM\Software\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v3.5\1033′
    Read integer value 1
    Setting value ’1 {int}’ for property ‘DotNet35InstallSuccess’
    The following properties have been set for package ‘.NET Framework 3.5′:
    Property: [DotNet35InstallSuccess] = 1 {int}
    Running checks for command ‘DotNetFX35\dotNetFx35setup.exe’
    Result of running operator ‘ValueEqualTo’ on property ‘DotNet35InstallSuccess’ and value ’1′: true
    Result of checks for command ‘DotNetFX35\dotNetFx35setup.exe’ is ‘Bypass’
    ‘.NET Framework 3.5′ RunCheck result: No Install Needed
    Launching Application.
    Error: Unable to locate application file ‘Setup.msi’.

    I’m using Windows 7 home and premium edition on a 64 bit Acer S3 Aspire laptop.

    thanks
    Nick

    Reply
    1. Steve Post author

      Hey Nick,
      Try the download in the “Phoenix Fetch v2.0″ post. It is updated to work with the newest Classroom layout.

      Let me know if it works for you!

      Thanks,
      Steve

      Reply

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