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How to monitor a constantly changing webpage requiring a log-in?

I work for a company which assigns me tasks via their own online portal/webpage which requires a log-in. These tasks are posted very irregularly, and there are frequently long periods [several hours to several days] in which no tasks are available at all. The only information on the portal relates to the availability of tasks.

It is becoming very tedious to refresh my browser dozens of times a day, frequently to no avail, merely to check if there is work available or not. On the other hand, occasionally there are periods where tasks are available consistently, and overall this job is worth it to me to keep.

I am wondering if there is a program, bookmarklet, etc. that anyone knows of which can 'poll' a webpage on the order of once every minute or so, and notify me [ICQ, pop-up, audible sound, SMS, etc.] whenever the webpage changes - which would signify available tasks.

I've hunted around for quite a while [and searched within this website]. I have found several websites which check if webpages change, but these generally don't have a frequency of more than twice-daily checking, and mostly notify via e-mail. Furthermore, they don't generally work with a webpage which requires a log-in, so I'm left without a solution.

I would be very willing to pay for a program/website/solution which provides the functionality I'm talking about, but a free solution would also be welcome. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Nov 10 '09 #1
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I do not know of anything already made, and I don't have enough free-time to make one for you. However, my time can be bought. Seems like a simple enough application.

Nov 11 '09 #2
Hi Mark,

Thanks for the reply. I'm willing to consider commissioning this; how about a price quote?

The functionality I'm looking for is: poll a website [which requires a log-in] every minute, and notify me [via pop-up, ICQ, SMS, audible sound, or something similar] whenever the page changes. Note that it will probably require refreshing the page when polling.

If this is best accomplished through a Firefox add-on, a separate application, or something else, I'm open to suggestions.

How much would you charge for something like this?
Nov 11 '09 #3
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I'm not sure on the forum rules for discussing things such as this.

If you'd like to send me a PM with some other contact details (email, IM, etc.) then we could discuss it further through there.

I'm just about to head to bed, so I'll get back to you in the morning.

Nov 11 '09 #4

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