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Tuesday December 03, 2013
A bunch of updates to my programs
I've uploaded some updates to many of my large applications in the last week:
As always, you can find the list of what's new both in the online help pages (linked from each program homepage) or in the forum thread about the application (also linked from each program homepage).
Saturday November 23, 2013
Flash Game of the Week: Kingdom Rush Frontiers
One of the better web-based tower defense game spawns a sequel, more polished than ever. Playable via web and available as an ipad or android app.
Kingdom Rush Frontiers: http://armorgames.com/pla...17/kingdom-rush-frontiers
Friday November 22, 2013
Clipboard Help and Spell v2.23.01 Released
Big new official release of my Clipboard Help+Spell tool.
Download from web page: http://www.donationcoder....rdhelpandspell/index.html
v2.23.01 - November 22, 2013
Thursday November 21, 2013
DCIRLDD Thanksgiving Dinner and Board Game Night - Sat Nov 30, 2013 - Champaign. IL
DCIRLDD = DonationCoder In Real Life Dinner and Drinks
You are cordially invited to a DonationCoder.com vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner and evening of board games at my house in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday November 30th, 2013.
Note that no one ever attends these things so be warned that this will just be a couple of socially awkward people playing board games. I recommend attending only if you live nearby (though amtrak is within walking distance) and need an excuse to get out of the house.
Let me know by November 28 if you would like to attend.
The Amazing Video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"
A very cool video to Bob Dylan's famous song "Like a Rolling Stone":
One of the best music videos of 2013 belongs to a 48-year-old song. The interactive video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," released yesterday, is a tour de force: as the music plays, you can flip between sixteen channels of simulated TV programming. But whether you're watching a financial news update, a romantic comedy, or a tennis tournament, it looks authentic except that everyone seems to be lip-synching the lyrics of the song.
For information on its creation: http://www.rollingstone.c...ling-stone-video-20131120
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Security Questions (humor)
Security Questions skit. Brilliant.
Tuesday November 12, 2013
How long do hard drives actually live for?
Extremetech has an article today on an issue we've discussed before -- the longevity of hard drives.
This data covers only the first 4 years, but i have to admit it's a bit scary to me:
If you buy a hard drive today, there’s a 90% chance that it will survive for three years. If your drive makes it to the three-year point, you would be wise to back up your data, as there’s a 12% chance per year that your drive will die.
If you don't have a good backup plan in place, start one this week. I recommend a combination of monthly full drive imaging combined with a constant online backup service for your documents and/or file mirroring.
Wednesday November 06, 2013
Our Favorite Websites: Freewaregenius
Freewaregenius is another one of our favorite websites for discovering new software.
The site has expanded its focus in recent years -- evolving from covering just freeware software to a variety of web and mobile technologies, but the site has remained one of the best places to discover new free software.
It's one of the most frequently linked to sites on our forum, and some of their more recent long comparative reviews of software have been invaluable.
Visit Site: http://www.freewaregenius.com
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the Freewaregenius website, click: here.
Our Favorite Websites: gHacks
gHacks is one of a handful of wonderful websites that has always been friendly to, and supportive of, independent software authors.
The site has been mentioned hundreds of times on our forum, and they've featured many of the software utilities made by the members here.
Truly one of our favorite sites for discovering software.
Visit Site: http://www.ghacks.net/
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the gHacks website, click: here.
Tuesday November 05, 2013
Our Favorite Websites: BoingBoing
There are a ton of websites competing to offer you a daily helping of new and unusual discoveries on the internet, but few can hold a candle to BoingBoing, which sets the standard for coming up with new interesting items every day that you won't find anywhere else.
BoingBoing is short on business, law, politics, and slapstick humor -- and instead focuses on under-appreciated artists and creators, and on bringing the obscure to the public.
Visit Site: http://boingboing.net
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the BoingBoing website, click: here.
Our Favorite Websites: Instructables
It's impossible not to love Instructables, the website where amateur do-it-yourselfers post visual tutorials on how to make just about anything you could imagine.
Now if you're interests are focused on a narrow domain -- for example if you're interested in knitting, painting, electronics, etc., then you're going to find better websites for tutorials in your chosen area with content created by people with professional-level skills. That's not what instructables is about.
But if you're tastes are eclectic, and you like meeting fellow amateurs and dabblers, the charm and friendliness and sheer variety of the tutorials at Instructables is a joy to behold.
If you have kids, and they get bored -- get on the computer and go to the Instructables website, and you're bound to find something fun to make.
Visit Site: http://www.instructables.com
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the Instructables website, click: here.
Our Favorite Websites: Techdirt
For those who want to keep up with the intersection of technology and law/politics, Techdirt is the perfect website.
The site features original writing, updated multiple times per day, offering perspective on current legal and political issues that involve technology.
The posts are written by people who know what they are talking about, but the writers don't take themselves too seriously, and write in a way that is accessible to the layperson.
The entire site is a testament to the value of presenting information in a clean, structured, no-nonsense way.
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the Techdirt website, click: here.
Monday November 04, 2013
Our Favorite Websites: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Rock, Paper, Shotgun is my favorite website for reading about computer/video games.
It's a small site, run by just a handful of guys. And what they do is written reviews of computer games. They don't give out ratings and awards, and they don't have fancy multimedia stuff.
Explaining what makes Rock, Paper, Shotgun so great requires a bit of a exposition..
I have learned something about myself -- I don't really *ENJOY* playing computer/video games. I used to as a young kid and I do sometimes still play them, but mostly when I do, one of two things happen. Most often, I just don't enjoy it -- I just don't have the patience. Occasionally I'll find a game that really captures me (Mafia2 for example).
However, while I don't actually enjoy playing video games much, I find I am fascinated by reading about them.
There are lots of reasons for this. From a programmer's perspective, video games in many ways are the apex of pure coding challenges. We're also at an amazing time where robust simulation is becoming a part of the core of game design, and where simulations are more and more treading on what was previously the domain of AI and Artificial Life research. And it's becoming increasingly clear that video games can be genuine master works of fiction and art.
Which brings us back to the Rock, Paper, Shotgun website.
No other website does as good a job of writing so regularly and satisfyingly about the joys and failures and potential of computer games (large and independent).
It's a bit hard to explain, but Rock, Paper, Shotgun is a reminder that some people just write well (and differently). And that when you read reviews from people who have broader interests in the genre, you get insights that you don't get on a normal game review site.
It makes all the difference in the world if you are interested in reading game reviews not (just) to decide if you want to play it, but for the love of the idea of computer games and what they are capable of.
To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the Rock, Paper, Shotgun website, click: here.
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