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RumpelstiltskinRSS is a web based RSS reader for your Gengo Jobs RSS. After some one-time steps, you can use any browser on any device to alert you for new jobs. As a bonus, RumpelstiltskinRSS does some filtering for you so you will only be alerted if the size and level of the job meet your preferences, taking the time of day into account.

I optimized RumpelstiltskinRSS for my own needs, but tried to make it so that it can be used by all translators. You can find RumpelstiltskinRSS at http://rumpelstiltskin.appje.nl/rss/. For a description how to use it, follow the Introduction link.

Note that you can set the refresh interval to either 31 or 62 seconds. Use 31 for optimal chances to grab a job, without breaching Gengo's demand to access your Jobs RSS at most twice per minute. Or use 62 to test if RumpelstiltskinRSS suits you, while still running your current RSS reader (set to check at most once per minute) on another device.

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    Alexander

    Please note that switching the email notification mike on is not enough. You have to ask me to manually wire it to your email address or it won't work. I took your post as a request to do so, and added your address + account to the list. If you check "Insert dummy job ... (to trigger demo alert)", you should start receiving email notifications.

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    Alexander

    If you did the April/May survey and promised to make a recurrent donation via PayPal, now you can. Just visit the Donate page at http://rmpl-2020-1.nl, and follow the steps under the header "PayPal" to start a subscription.

    If you want to make a recurrent donation using a credit card, I plan to add support for it on rmpl.nl in the course of December. (And yes, in the end I plan to offer all options on every mirror site, but due to some under the hood issues that's a bridge too far right now.)

    So far, I allowed anyone who did the survey and promised to make a donation to use the paid server, even if they had not actually donated yet. As of January 1, 2021, the paid server will be strictly for paying users (those who made a donation or bought the iOS or Android app) only.

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    Alexander

    If you saw a blank page in the app today, you are not the only one. This morning, at 10 AM Europe time, I updated the server scripts and apparently introduced some bug. I restored the previous version around 4 PM, and it looks like this solved the issue.

    I apologize for the inconvenience. If you still see a blank page (or experience any other issue), please contact me and I will see what I can do.

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    Alexander

    Like I promised two weeks ago, I added support for recurrent donations using your credit card. Due to under the hood details, this is only possible on the Donate page at rmpl.nl.

    Again, you can also start a subscription via PayPal, but this option is only available on the Donate page at rmpl-2020-1.nl.

    Reminder: paying users can receive email notifications about available jobs. For security reasons, I store your email address separate from your preferences, so just checking this option is not enough. Please contact me if you wish to start receiving email notifications.

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    Alexander

    The rmpl-2020 domains were a temporary solution for problems that started about a year ago. The time has come to replace them.

    On the server that hosts rmpl-2020-1.nl, I hired a new domain rmpl-free.nl, which points to the same files. In theory, you can simply change the URL in your browser from rmpl-2020-1.nl into rmpl-free.nl and won't see any difference. In practice, I may have overlooked some detail, so don't hesitate to contact me if you experience a problem.

    If you are using rmpl-2020-2.nl, I will discontinue this mirror since it never performed well, and advise you move to rmpl-free.nl. Again, please contact me if you experience any problem.

    As for rmpl-2020-3.nl/paid, I plan to replace it by rmpl-paid.nl, which is hosted by the same provider as rmpl-2020-3.nl, but I am still working on the details. If you visit rmpl-paid.nl right now, you will not be able to log in yet.

    In summary, if you are using rmpl-2020-1.nl or rmpl-2020-2.nl, please move to rmpl-free.nl and contact me if you experience a problem; if you are using rmpl-2020-3.nl/paid, keep using it until I ask you to move to rmpl-paid.nl.

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    Alexander

    Some users of the browser version have contacted me recently because they got an error message about a problem setting up a secure connection.

    If you have the same experience, a simple workaround is to visit http://www.rmpl-free.nl directly. Make sure to use http://... as opposed to https://.... (ending in -s) so your browser does not try to set up a secure connection.

    As a rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to use a secure connection (https//...), but since RumpelstiltskinRSS does not exchange privacy sensitive data with your computer, it's okay to use an insecure connection in this particular case. (And since this is about the free version, I am not going to solve this issue by replacing the apparently invalid certificate by a paid valid one.)

    As an aside, please note rmpl-free.nl uses its own preferences. There is no synchronization with your preferences on rmpl.nl.

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    Cheryl

    Hi Alex,

    Is it normal that the sound for the RSS only plays if I have it as the page that is on top? If I'm working in a different tab or on Chrome, I am missing alerts constantly. It just started happening about a week ago. Any ideas? Hope everything is going well!

    Cheryl

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    Alexander

    Hi Cheryl,

    My first guess is your browser updated itself recently and the new version has "improved" the way it handles sounds: if the page is not on top, the user is apparently not interested in its contents so playing the sound would only be a distraction. :-)

    If my guess is correct, I suggest you check if there's also an improvement in the preferences where you can tell the browser you do want to hear the sound even if the page is not on top.

    The most reliable way to get alerts is by using the Android or iOS app. You can still run the browser version, and when your device produces a sound, try to grab the job on your desktop.

    (Actually, both apps could use an update for better compatibility with the latest OS versions. @Anyone who experiences an issue with the app, please contact me about it. Alas, I haven't found much time recently to work on the apps, but once I do it's helpful if I know what to work on. Top on my list is an issue in the iOS version that causes the screen to be blanc though the sound works fine.)

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    Alexander

    About a year has passed since I made RumpelstiltskinRSS donationware. So how was this year, financially speaking?

    Well, the donations were in balance with the expences (thank you!), but most of them were one-time donations. While some people started a subscription (thank you even more!), it's not a solid enough financial base for the next 12 months.

    To give you an idea, I spend some USD 600 per year on the servers, test devices for the app versions, Apple developer membership for the iOS version, and a business bank account as required by my payment service provider, and the current subscriptions add up to less than half of that. And while I also get some money from the app sales, there's no guarantee how much that will be from month to month.

    So if my tool helps you earn money, I invite you to make a new one-time donation, or start a subscription. If enough people do so, I can keep running the current cheap, crowded but acceptably performing server for the non-paying users and the less crowded, more reliable (and more expensive) server for the paying users.

    As an alternative, I'm thinking of changing the rules so that after a free trial period, a subscription would be mandatary if you want to keep using my tool. However, I prefer the current donationware model.

    Just contact me directly if you have any questions.

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