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I wanted to say a public thanks to the person who sent me a deluxe postcard in an envelope from Belarus.  It was very fun to receive.
It had a proper wax seal on the back of the envelope, a rouble taped to it, and a hand made silver scratch-off message!
It was very fun opening it.

belarus.jpg

ps.
If this was you, send me a message, since it had no identifying information so I could associate it with a forum member or email address to send license key to, etc.

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What is the influence of color, printing speed, extrusion temperature and ageing on my 3D prints?

Article: http://my3dmatter.co...ing-on-my-3d-prints/

In February 2015, 3D Matter conducted a study on infill %, layer height, and infill pattern. We wanted to continue this initial effort by studying another set of very important FDM 3D printing parameters: filament color, printing speed, extrusion temperature and ageing. These are parameters that 3D printer users have frequently singled out as making a difference on the outcome of prints. So the goal of this study is to distinguish the factors that have a large influence on the printed parts from those that have limited influence. This helps users optimize their prints by focusing on the important parameters.

Screenshot - 4_6_2018 , 8_06_15 PM_thumb001.png



ps. I'm thinking we might expand this board of the section to be "Developers, Makers, and Entrepreneurs".  Thoughts?

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Official Announcements / DonationCoder 2018 Fundraiser Begins
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:52 AM »
The official DonationCoder.com 2018 Fundraiser has begun!

Screenshot - 4_2_2018 , 8_50_49 AM.png

You can read all about it here.
Or better yet, read about it in the latest newsletter.

Feel free to use this thread to discuss any questions, suggestions, or ideas.

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Super-sized Special Newsletter for April 2nd, 2018
"Celebrating 13 years with a Fundraiser"




1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings all! It's been over a year since the last newsletter, and we've been super busy in that time -- so busy that this is going to be a super-sized newsletter, packed to the brim with news and links.

But first: I need to ask for your financial support and your non-financial encouragement.  It's been 3 years since our last fundraiser, and 13 years since the start of DonationCoder.com.  I hope we've earned your renewed support by continuing to release and update clean, quality software free of toolbars, ads, bundled software, or other unwanted junk, and by making our forum a friendly place where people can discuss technology issues and help one another.

This past year in particular we spent a *huge* amount of time completing a long-awaited major overhaul of our website along with a move to new hosting servers.  These changes will help us do what we do better and more securely, and help us update our content more regularly.  I hope you'll show us that you appreciate our hard work by making a donation during the fundraiser.  In section 4 below you'll find a new long article by me on the changes to the site, as well as a request for your input about new ideas for the site.

Our goal this April is to raise at least $4,800 to pay for the next year of hosting.  If we can raise substantially more we'll get a chance to pursue some exciting new projects -- like funding members on our forum to write regular columns about different areas of the tech landscape (software, hardware, open source, kickstarter, etc.).

The fundraiser is also our chance to say thanks to our supporters and newsletter subscribers, by organizing a massive software giveaway and month of discounts on popular 3rd party software (see section 3 below).

Lastly, if you haven't seen it already, don't miss the wrap-up of the new free software released as part of our NANY (New Apps for the New Year) 2018 event in January (see section 5 below) .

-Jesse (mouser)


2. The April 2018 Fundraiser Begins

We need your support to help the DonationCoder website thrive.  This year, our 13th year of operation, we're proud to announce a whole bunch of improvements to the site, and a major upgrade to our servers that will ensure we can keep on making and sharing our free software.  Our hosting costs have gone up slightly, to $4,800 a year, and our goal is to raise at least that much during our April fundraiser.  We'd love to be able to raise more and add even more features to the website.  Will you put a few dollars towards letting us know you appreciate what we do, and letting us know what you'd like to see more of?



3. Fundraiser Bonus - Software Giveaway and Discounts

As part of our fundraiser celebration, a couple of forum members (cranioscopical and wraith808) have rounded-up a whole bunch of companies willing to donate software for us to give away and provide discounts for our members.  The discount codes are valid through our fundraising month of April 2018 only, and are available to everyone who is on our mailing list.  The giveaway is open to everyone, but all prizes will first go to people who have donated to our site.  Deadline for entry to the giveaway drawing is April 9th.  We may update the list of software as the fundraiser goes on, but current discounts and giveaways include:  AtomicScribbler, Bvckup2, Beyond Compare, CintaNotes, TechSmith's Camtasia, DisplayFusion, DoogiePim, Help+Manual, HD Sentinel, JAlbum, Macrium Reflect, Softmaker, SmartEdit, RitLabs TheBat, Website Watcher, IDM's UltraEdit, VueMinder, ZeusEdit, The Journal 7, Zentimo, VMWare, Terragen, Write!, Writer's Cafe, ProWritingAid, Jutoh, and others.



4. Major Site and Server Upgrades

It's been 5 years in the making -- a huge upgrade of the DonationCoder website and servers.  We've completely redone our entire website, changed the way free license keys work, and even moved to a new hosting company with much more powerful servers.



5. NANY 2018 - New Apps for the New Year

For the last 10+ years on the DonationCoder.com site we run a friendly event called "NANY" (New Apps for the New Year), where we invite forum visitors to help us celebrate the new year by releasing a new freeware program on the first day of the new year.  We typically get a variety of entries -- some are genuinely useful tools designed to be shared widely, and some are programming exercises for new users.  All participants receive a free deluxe DonationCoder NANY Mug, and we may have some additional prizes donated by members.   The 2018 entries are in and we've posted a long wrap-up describing them.  I've also linked to the 2017 entries from last year in case you missed them.



6. User-to-User: Your Input Requested

We love nothing more than having interesting discussions on our forum -- and we love when new people participate in the discussions.  In each newsletter we try to highlight a few topics that we think might interest casual readers and that are good candidates for making your first post.



7. Mouser's Software Updates

I've uploaded some updates to many of my large applications since the last newsletter.  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).  I'm particularly excited about my codenames play-on-paper printable open source word game -- I hope more people get a chance to try it.



8. Skwire Empire Software Updates and New Releases

DC member skwire is one of the more prolific coders of utilities on our site -- he roams the coding snack request section and pounces like a jaguar when he finds something that catches his eye.  He's released a ton of updates to his software since the last newsletter, including some updates and a few brand new releases:



9. Member Coding Projects

We love to keep up with projects that our members are working on, and hearing what our forum members think of software they use.  If you're working on something interesting -- let us know!



10. Member Mini-reviews

Here are some recent short reviews that members have posted on our forum.



11. Website Discoveries, Debates, Essays, and Discussions

What's new in cyberspace? What exciting new sites have been discovered by forum members?  What's the current hot topic and debate? Read on to find out.



12. Fun, Humor, and Entertainment

Like everyone else, we love sharing amusing and funny things they find on the web.. We are no exception, though our tastes may be somewhat unusual.



13. Software Discussions

Some noteworthy software discussions on the forum since the last newsletter.



14. Mouser's Software Discussions

Here are some discussion threads about Mouser's software that might be of interest.



15. Developer's Corner

This section highlights some discussions that might be relevant for not just coders and developers, but also people interested in entrepreneurial issues.



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This thread is for discussing the discounts and giveaways in the April 2018 Fundraiser.

The discounts can be found here: http://www.donationc...fundraiser/discounts
And the giveaway entry form here: http://www.donationc.../fundraiser/giveaway

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This is a post about a (free) program called OpenSCAD:
Screenshot - 4_1_2018 , 2_00_50 AM_ver001_thumb001.png



I recently bought a 3d printer.  Mostly just because they've gotten good enough and cheap enough that I woudn't feel too bad if it mostly sat on a shelf.

I've been having quite a bit more fun with it than I expected, mostly because of the amazing site thingiverse.com where people have uploaded thousands of printable things you can just download and print (it's not *quite* that easy yet, there's plenty of tinkering and troubleshooting still required with today's cheap 3d printers).

Mostly I've been printing things to bling out my board games.

But this past week a couple of people teamed up on the DonationCoder forum to help make a model of our site mascot (Cody the Bird), and a customizable base for him to sit on.  You can follow along with that thread here: http://www.donationc...ic=45256.0;topicseen

A photo: codyherald.jpg



I've tried experimenting with doing 3d design using tools like Blender, and my brain completely shuts down, which is a shame because it would be fun to be able to DESIGN models not just print models that others have made.

Which brings me to the reason I'm posting, OpenSCAD.

OpenSCAD has been a revelation for me.  It's basically a CAD (computer aided drafting) programming language and development environment, which makes it easy for a programmer to design and model 3d objects for printing, using algorithms/code.

It's a joy to use -- you can write programs to create 3d objects and instantly preview and study them and then save them for printing.  And most of the models on thingiverse that are customizable are made with OpenSCAD, which is a great way of getting started.

My mind is swimming with the idea of creating both useful and precise objects, but also useless and mathematically interesting objects...

Here is a video talking about OpenSCAD:



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I read this story about a doctor trying to get permission to do a harmless research study by giving people a simple questionnaire, and the loopholes he eventually gave up trying to jump through.

I have had some limited experience with big government bureaucracies, and his conclusion here really mirrors my thoughts:

I sometimes worry that people misunderstand the case against bureaucracy. People imagine it’s Big Business complaining about the regulations preventing them from steamrolling over everyone else. That hasn’t been my experience. Big Business – heck, Big Anything – loves bureaucracy. They can hire a team of clerks and secretaries and middle managers to fill out all the necessary forms, and the rest of the company can be on their merry way. It’s everyone else who suffers. The amateurs, the entrepreneurs, the hobbyists, the people doing something as a labor of love. Wal-Mart is going to keep selling groceries no matter how much paperwork and inspections it takes; the poor immigrant family with the backyard vegetable garden might not.

Bureaucracy in science does the same thing: limit the field to big institutional actors with vested interests. No amount of hassle is going to prevent the Pfizer-Merck-Novartis Corporation from doing whatever study will raise their bottom line. But enough hassle will prevent a random psychiatrist at a small community hospital from pursuing his pet theory about bipolar diagnosis. The more hurdles we put up, the more the scientific conversation skews in favor of Pfizer-Merck-Novartis.



from http://andrewgelman.com/

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If you are a server admin and have a Drupal installation, you need to update it immediately.

A dangerous Drupal flaw could leave your site completely compromised if you don't patch the flaw immediately.

Developers of popular open-source CMS Drupal are warning admins to immediately patch a flaw that an attacker can exploit just by visiting a vulnerable site.

The bug affects all sites running on Drupal 8, Drupal 7, and Drupal 6. Drupal's project usage page indicates that about a million sites are running the affected versions.



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Here it is, as promised.  You can read my new article on the major DC server remodeling here: http://www.donationc...frastructure-remodel

I'm not sure it's of much interest to anyone but I thought I would write everything down before I forgot it.

It has a little bit of everything: Some DC history, discussion of the options we struggled with, why certain decisions were made, some lessons learned, etc.


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Living Room / The future of Ghacks (2018)
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:51 AM »
Martin Brinkmann over at ghacks.net has posted an essay about his site moving forward in 2018.  I've actually been appreciating ghacks more lately.  Definitely a site that should be in your bookmarks for daily reading and deserving of your support.


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When it comes to content producers reacting to the pirating of their works, we've seen just about every reaction possible... They decided to release a version of Photographing the World 3 on several torrent sites a few days before it went to retail, but the version they released was much different than the actual product. It was close enough to the real thing that many people were left wondering just what the hell was going on, but ridiculous enough that it's downright funny.  “The whole time we were thinking: ‘This isn’t even on the market yet! You guys are totally stealing this and emailing us and complaining about it,”


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Living Room / Artists: Share your artwork with the forum!
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:48 PM »
I know we have some artists out there on the forum (painters, sculptors, illustrators.. digital or analog).  One of the best things about this site is when members share their lives with us a little bit.

Please share a little bit of your artwork with us, and tell us a little bit about what motivates you and when you enjoy doing, etc.

And I'm not talking about professional artists, just people who enjoy creating art... We just want to share a little in your life!

So, who has the guts to go first?

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I have flirted with some ideas of games based on real world large-scale map data, so this is pretty cool news.

The search firm is both opening its Maps platform's real-time data and offering new software toolkits that will help developers build games based on that data. The software includes both a kit to translate map info to the Unity game engine as well as another to help make games using that location data.



from https://tech.slashdo...eal-world-into-games

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Official Announcements / Fundraiser scheduled for April 2018
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:52 AM »
Our next fundraiser will be held during April 2018.   It's been 3 years since our last one(!).

We hope to have some giveaways and discounts and special things..

If you have any ideas -- especially ideas you can volunteer to do the work on -- please let me know!

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Nice article on tracking down an elusive unpredictable problem that was related to an operating system bug.

Flaky failures are the worst. In this particular investigation, which spanned twenty months, we suspected hardware failure, compiler bugs, linker bugs, and other possibilities. Jumping too quickly to blaming hardware or build tools is a classic mistake, but in this case the mistake was that we weren’t thinking big enough. Yes, there was a linker bug, but we were also lucky enough to have hit a Windows kernel bug which is triggered by linkers!



from OsNews.com

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Nice short video on the design difficulties of making one of the early first person stealth games, Thief:
https://arstechnica....g-almost-didnt-work/


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For those who weren't around when Chatroullette came about -- it was (is) a site that matched random webcam users up for anonymous connections, where you would randomly meet people from across the globe.  It quickly turned into a random online exhibitionism tool.

In 2010, Chatroulette was the “it” site. It was profiled religiously, as was its eventual rise and decline in popularity. By June of that year, reporters had gone from singing its praise as “the future of the internet” to writing its obituary (“Cause of death: penises”)... The men who remain — and make no mistake, they are overwhelmingly men — still consider it a place to waste a little time online... Between the occasional, curious user who is truly interested in just chatting, are the ones everyone has come to expect: the on-cam men jerking off.



from https://boingboing.n...rvives-as-a-mas.html

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Region select mode seems one of the most common ways people use Screenshot Captor.

So I'm ready to make some improvements to the region select mode, including more hotkeys to do different things..
I'd like to hear some requests and suggestions.

Right now region select mode has the following features:
1. You can mouse-down and then drag and let go for the fastest way to capture a region.
2. You can click mouse once (or hit enter or spacebar) for one corner and then again on the second corner to select a region, using cursor keys* to adjust points, and escape to change your mind and go back to previous corner.

Current hotkeys:  Cursor keys by themselves nufge the current cursor pointer location, shift and alt can be used to move the other corner or the entire selection; C key toggles cursor capture AND places cursor (try it!); Z toggle zoom box.



Currently planned improvements:  Keyboard shortcuts in region mode to increase speed of nudging; hotkeys to cycle through some preset sizes.

I was also thinking about adding a simple way to allow region select mode to allow you to easily make a selection size and then move that selection around with the mouse.. Right now if you want to capture a specific size region you use a different capture mode, but it might be nice to merge the two.

Another thing I could do is show hints for the list of keyboard shortcuts for region select mode in the zoom panel overlay, to make it easier to remeber them..

Thoughts and further suggestions?

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