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Wednesday October 05, 2016

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2016 Interactive Fiction Competition (classic text adventure games, etc.)

The RockPaperShotgun blog has a nice blog post up today heralding the unveiling of the entries in the 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition (classic text adventure games, etc.).

This year, IF Comp 2016 opened with 58 entries, the largest selection of new games in its history. The presence of all these great new games is only part of what makes IF Comp exciting. It’s also a time when the IF community comes together to comment, review, and give feedback... And now you’re invited, at whatever level of involvement you like. You can play any of the games for free.


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Monday September 26, 2016

Sunday September 25, 2016


Yahoo! accounts hacked... two years ago!

Yahoo just announced yesterday about this hack that took place 2 years ago:


Yahoo announced on Thursday that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, in the biggest known intrusion of one company’s computer network.

In a statement, Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security questions — was compromised in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.”

from New York Times

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Monday September 19, 2016

Super-sized Newsletter for Sep 18, 2016 - Codename: Catching Up with Cody

1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings!  It's been just over a year since the last DonationCoder newsletter -- way way too long (if you check in the user-to-user section below you'll read about one of the reasons why).  As usual, you'll find below a selection of some of the top recent threads from our discussion forum, along with a sprinkling of news about the website.  You'll also see a very belated section devoted to last year's NANY (New Apps for the New Year) 2016 event, and since this newsletter was so long in coming, you'll also see an item about the upcoming 2017 NANY event.  I promise the next newsletter will not be so long in coming.


Click here to read the full newsletter now..

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Friday September 16, 2016

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Very subjective list but some good items here, and a few donationcoder member app's made the list!


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Thursday September 15, 2016

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You can now publish traditional Win32 apps on Windows App Store

I'm not completely thrilled with this move towards app stores, but it seems to be the unstoppable trend that cannot be resisted for long.

Microsoft has a Windows App Store that they are strongly pushing and they for the first time just released tools to help developers publish traditional Win32 apps on their App Store.

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Monday September 05, 2016

Saturday August 20, 2016

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Guide to Living with Introverts

Nice little cartoon guide to living with Introverts.
It uses an analogy I've seen before, describing extroverts as being recharged by social interaction vs introverts as having to spend energy to engage in social interactions -- which rings true to me (though I don't think it's the whole story).

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Tuesday August 16, 2016

Anyone have a dos machine with a 5.25 floppy?

Anyone in the US have a working dos machine with a 5.25 floppy that I could send 2 disks to for extraction?

I found two 1988 disks with some old code I wrote in high school for an "Adventure Development System" that I'd love to look at, if I could mail them to someone for extraction..

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..

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Tuesday August 09, 2016

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Anyone attending GenCon (board game convention) Aug 4-7 in Indiana?

Because it's so close to me, it looks like I will be attending GenCon, the large board game convention, on Aug 4-7 in Indiana.
If any other DonationCoder members are going, send me a message so we can meet up to say hello and play a game or two.

Click here to read my impressions of Gencon 2016

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Wednesday July 27, 2016

Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites

Ghacks has an interesting roundup of software free giveaway sites today, with a concise comparison chart:

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Thursday July 21, 2016

Screenshot Captor #1 at TechRadar's Article on Best Screen Capture Software 2016

Very nice write up at TechRadar today for Screenshot Captor:

Screenshot Captor seems to have ideas above its station somewhat. Far from just being a screenshot app - and, rest easy, it does do that - it'll grab images from your webcam, and it even includes a full suite of scanning tools to make sure your documents look their best.

But those advanced features don't stop there. Ever wanted to capture the contents of a scrolling window? It'll do that automatically, and even trim the margins for you. Need to capture a screen region of a fixed size? Piece of cake. Splicing areas out of screenshots, annotating, interfacing with advanced image editors, blurring areas you don't want seen? It's all here.

Download Screenshot Captor freeIf there's a downside, Screenshot Captor is a little esoteric in terms of its general interface, but the important bits are all well explained and easy to grasp. It's donationware, so while it's free to use, make sure you chip a little bit into the pot if Screenshot Captor is something you use regularly.

Very nice!

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Thursday June 30, 2016

Hadean Lands Text Adventure Game

Read a couple of very intriguing blog posts today about this (pure) text adventure game called Hadean:

"The best video game I played last year is a science-fiction thriller about alchemy, and it has no graphics or sound effects"

"Hadean Lands is a game of alchemy and exploration, with an intricate structure of interlinked puzzles. Every ritual you learn adds a new ability to your toolkit. But every ritual requires a different combination of ingredients, and some ingredients are in desperately short supply."

"Hadean Lands offers a highly consistent and fair puzzle system in which the basic rules of the universe never change, but where the player has to learn to think at a higher and higher level. At the outset, you’re worrying about how to get a single ingredient for a particular ritual. By the endgame, you’re thinking about how to chain together all the different rituals you know and how to manage scarce ingredients so that you can accomplish hard tasks before you need to reset."

If you have a significant other, or a child or parent that might be willing to join you for extended puzzle-solving, few experiences are as satisfying to team up on as a good text adventure..

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