After a few days during which it was knocked offline, the online speech timer is back and business. This tool is designed to make it easier to keep track of the timing lights signals in an online meeting.
Here’s an example of using the timer’s popup window to show timing signals even while sharing a PowerPoint in Zoom. See this blog post for more details.
The Timer’s view of the tool includes a dropdown list of speech types, with scheduled member speeches and their timings pulled from the agenda. As soon as the Timer hits the reset button to stop the clock, the speaker’s name and speech time are recorded to a log displayed underneath the timer controls.
Facebook Group for Toastmost and WordPress for Toastmasters Users
We now have a Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wp4toastmasters
This is a place where users of the software and the associated web service can exchange ideas about club marketing and agenda management. I hope you’ll join and help get some conversation going. I’m told easy-Speak has a very active Facebook group, so we’ve got some catching up to do.
This is in addition to the Facebook page where I post official announcements (but which isn’t as good for conversation).
Backstory: The Online Timer “Denial of Service” Attack
The reason some functions of the Online Timer had to be disabled over the last week is because my web host said it was causing excessive traffic to the web server with each user’s browser constantly querying the host for updates. In fact, they originally flagged it as a “denial of service” attack, a phenomenon where hackers use armies of automated bots to flood a web server with traffic from many directions. The WordPress for Toastmasters was shut down for several days, allegedly for my protection, because of a demo instance of the app hosted there.
So I had to figure out a different app design that makes significantly less use of network and server resources. The tool now only posts new data to the server when the person acting as Timer starts and stops the clock.
This should always allow you to see the red light. Just keep in mind that your browser may display the red light even after the Timer has reset the clock, as a result of the 15 second delay.
I encourage you to test it and give me feedback.