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1426  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: May 02, 2012, 02:01:42 AM
"All it takes" to avoid the "Cheap Chinese Crap" image is some smart advertising, maybe using words like "old time quality at old time prices", calling on the days when everything was made better or such.

Assembled with pride in the USA! ...Would definitely get my attention.

But but but, I don't wanna move to the USA Sad lol  Grin
1427  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: May 01, 2012, 07:15:57 AM
When it comes to linux support, that is something I cannot do, due to my complete lack of understanding on how to do even the most basic task in any distro lol

Support in the store will come wish a 'If we can't fix it, we won't charge you a penny' type view, and if we can fix it, we will do, for the least amount of money possible, without bankrupting ourselves.

I am trying to stick away from 'Support' based business due to the sheer knowledge I would have to have.  We will be providing in-store support, and full returns/refunds policies (We aim to only sell NEW products, so will always have a manufacturer warranty to fall back on)

Our customers, first and foremost, will be the local community, who, currently pay, WAY more than they need to be doing, for the ability to be able to go in store and purchase (A lot of people in my area are still against online purchasing) - Through basic research (Past and recent needs to visit local computer stores) I know full well, I can sell products they sell, for a LOT less, and still turn a pretty decent profit. (The cheapest you can buy a stick of 2GB DDR3 RAM here in shops, is about £25...which...is ridiculous!)

On another note, when I say 'Low Budget' I do not want that to be mixed up with 'We supply crappy Chinese imports with odd brand names you will find no support for" - When we say 'Low Budget' we simply mean, if you want something good, but don't have a big budget (Who does these days?!) then we will be able to offer you KNOWN brands (nvidea, gigabyte, OCZ, Kingston etc...) for a fraction of what you are able to buy them elsewhere (OFFLINE - LOCALLY) - I have no intention, and no possible way to undercut online stores that buy all their stock in quantities of 1000+ per item (Which...I COULD do, but...really...where would I store it all...and it would also mean I have a HUGE amount of "Dead Stock" as offline selling will never reach the quantity of sales that an online distributor can handle)

We will also ALWAYS provide after-sales support either in the store, or over the phone (Obviously depending on what the question is...if somebody says something like "How do I connect to a porn website on this thing", then, I won't feel very inclined to help (Although, that will basically mean your guaranteed to have to clean that computer of who knows how many viruses, which, yeah, I could charge for) - Again though, if they called up asking things like "How do I get online" or something reasonable, then yeah, I would be more than happy to provide that information for nothing (At the end of the day, it doesn't cost me anything to answer a question if they called me).

Where we can reasonably NOT charge a customer, we will do exactly that.

I more than understand the implications and complications of doing everything I want to do with this business, but...why start with a "Charge stupid sums, just so I have to sell less to cover the most basic costs" - I would much rather people know I am low priced, reliable, and fair...because...at the end of the day...all that will get me good 'Word of Mouth' advertising, which, almost always leads to more customers.
1428  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: May 01, 2012, 12:31:57 AM
By build, I mean "Sell"
1429  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: April 30, 2012, 10:59:05 PM
Stephen, did you pick the "ad copy" for the perks, or is that standard from Indiegogo? "Free Gift", "Free gift of a higher value", and "Amazing gift"? What are those?

And what are the specs and prices of a "Low Budget PC"? See my adventures with Linux vs Drivers over on the other thread. Turns out, some of the specs of that box were on the casing doubling as sales copy.

Survey says:
AMD Sempron 3400+
NVidia GeForce 6150 LE
512 Megs Ram
120 GB HD
2007 price about $350 with sales floor discounts from Best Buy.

Business plan wise I'd love to know what you will be able to do that Best Buy/your big chain can't.


By Low Budget, I am trying to figure out how to let people know that this doesn't actually mean "We build low spec only" - We literally mean, we will build to the best spec we can, for as little money as possible (just enough profit to pay the bills)

For Example - We could build the following system, for around £300 GBP (Inc VAT) - No OS (Or a OS with no COA {30 Day Trial thing})

AM3 Soc Motherboard - mATX Form - 6 Channel Audio - VGA
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Socket AM3 3GHz 2MB L2 Cache
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM  (2x 4GB)   
ATI Radeon HD3000 Graphics, On Board Graphic Max. Memory Share Up to 512 MB
450W PSU   
DVD R+RW     
500GB 3GB/s SATA HDD  (OR) OCZ 60GB SSD
Case Included

Obviously that is just an example (not something we actually stock, but could if requested)

Anybody think £300GBP is overpriced for that?
1430  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: April 30, 2012, 04:33:13 PM
One other thing that I thought of that you want to keep in mind- if the funding doesn't reach your goal in an open-ended funding drive, the assumption is that you have the funds to make it succeed- so you still have to fulfill the rewards for people that donated.  Something else to keep in mind.

Yes, this is one thing I considered, and is not a huge problem as finding the funding if this fails, shouldn't be too much hassle smiley I figured it was worth experimenting with this, and if it works, all the better  cheesy
1431  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: April 30, 2012, 04:04:05 PM
hehe Thanks for all the well wishes and constructive criticism guys.

On the ideas given, I shall certainly try implement some of them as they are things I didn't really think about, so certainly some food for thought.

Somebody asked about perks, they are all what I wrote, nothing there is stock smiley
1432  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / [Funding Project] - Low Budget PC's on: April 29, 2012, 11:10:10 PM
I have decided to get back into business, and I am hoping to do this via funding through my IndieGoGo project.  IndieGoGo is a great alternative to Kickstarter for people who do not live in the USA.  It also allows people to fund small business ideas.


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Short Summary

In this economy, we understand that upgrading your computer is difficult, as finding the funds to pay retail prices, is close to impossible for most people.  We understand this, and are able to setup a Discount Computer Store, allowing people in our area (And online once we open)
What We Need & What You Get

We need to raise $5000 in order to buy our stock and pay for the lease on a retail outlet. Those who contribute will get a discount via our online store (For Life!) and anybody who lives close enough can pop in, and receive the same benefits!

What Else?

 Well...We understand that sometimes, people simply cannot afford to own a PC, or getting a basic repair done...This is why we are going to be running a "No Fix, No Fee" service, so if we cannot fix your machine, we won't charge you for the time it took us to find out.

We also want to help our local community, so when we get hardware we don't need, or could be useful to somebody, we will provide them to local organizations that help people who have nothing!

We Love Our Community!

We love our local community, which is why, every few months, we will be GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF to people who truly deserve it! 

If we reach enough funding (Enough for the property we know has enough room), we will also be providing on-site computer training with free introductory courses and programming lessons!

Free Wi-Fi will be also available during our opening hours!
Help us fulfill our dream by contributing today!

I have plenty of perks available for people to claim! cheesy

http://www.indiegogo.com/lbpcs

Any comments or contributions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do we have any Musicians on DonationCoder? on: April 29, 2012, 03:23:50 AM
Just curious if anybody on here is musical.

I am bored of listening to 'Radio Music' so would love to hear what any DC members have made! cheesy
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free antivirus on: April 29, 2012, 01:43:45 AM
Have you never opened the AVG window? Usually adverts there.

I also hate AVGs regular scans that seem to grind your system to a complete standstill.

No ads in the main window, and all my scans are set to "User Aware" which means it only uses minimal resources so I've never noticed lag

Strange every version of AVG Free I have seen has had ads in it, and popups at the most annoying moments. Are you running some sort of OS level ad blocker (like AdMuncher) ?

Nope, none at all
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free antivirus on: April 28, 2012, 11:55:30 AM
Have you never opened the AVG window? Usually adverts there.

I also hate AVGs regular scans that seem to grind your system to a complete standstill.

No ads in the main window, and all my scans are set to "User Aware" which means it only uses minimal resources so I've never noticed lag
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloud-storage - safe & secure? Consider Wuala (it's encrypted as well). on: April 28, 2012, 11:45:13 AM
Sorry!      Sad
Link now fixed.      smiley

 cheesy
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free antivirus on: April 28, 2012, 11:09:11 AM
Unfortunately AVG and Avira advertise heavily in their free offerings, Avast used to be better but that has started advertising too now, though I don't think it is as in your face as AVG and Avira.

Avast does require annual registration for the free version.

I have AVG free, and I don't see a single ad o_0
1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloud-storage - safe & secure? Consider Wuala (it's encrypted as well). on: April 28, 2012, 11:08:20 AM
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So, today I followed the link in sciencetext and took a look at the Wuala site: [/b]l/KKB5A56HF4F7CMCJ7F4G]Wuala - FREE 6Gb offer.

 huh

Broken?
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free antivirus on: April 28, 2012, 08:46:11 AM
AVG?
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Selling Domain Names...Is it worth bothering? on: April 28, 2012, 07:36:08 AM
It can be rewarding if you know what you're doing.  Thmbsup


I won't bother then tongue
1441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Selling Domain Names...Is it worth bothering? on: April 28, 2012, 04:32:39 AM
Just curious...Is it worth the effort it takes to sell a domain name?  I have never really looked much into it, so I would like to know if anybody has done it...

Seems to be the reward is not worth the effort  huh
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 reportedly set for October debut on: April 27, 2012, 05:25:05 PM


HA
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hack an old monitor and 3D glasses for instant privacy. on: April 26, 2012, 05:55:29 AM
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You’ve always wanted a bit more privacy with your monitor (porn jokes notwithstanding) and if you’re willing to tear apart a spare LCD monitor and a pair of 3D theater glasses (thanks, Dreamworks and Pixar!), you’ll get it. In lieu of a thicker tinfoil hat, Instructables‘ dimovi suggests removing the LCD’s frame, cutting out its polarized film with a utility knife before removing the screen’s film adhesive with a combination of cleaner and paint thinner and reassembling the monitor. Once complete, grab the glasses, cut out the lenses and combine them with the plastic film removed from the monitor before inserting them back into their frames. The result is an LCD monitor that displays a white screen to anyone not wearing the customized glasses, your actions being confidential, no matter what they might happen to be. Check the how-to video embedded after the break, or hit the source link for full instructions

http://megadgets.info/unc...sses-for-instant-privacy/




Hmm...Might try this xD
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Play and Experiment with Code on: April 26, 2012, 05:01:56 AM
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Codecademy Labs is a place for you to program in Ruby, Python, and JavaScript online without downloading a code editor or IDE. Share your programs with friends and use your knowledge from Codecademy lessons

http://labs.codecademy.com/#
1445  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: FastUnzip Snack on: April 25, 2012, 03:53:44 PM
Just a quick note, it's   "attachthumb' not 'Attachthumb' (Case Sensitive)

Back on topic...Great Job!
1446  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot capture on: April 23, 2012, 12:25:10 PM
As I stated in the other thread of yours (Which is exactly the same)

click the following link:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Keys/index.php

then copy the key you see.

Keys begin with "*r" and end with "="
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday Renegade! on: April 23, 2012, 11:48:18 AM
Wow, just found a picture of Renegade which was taken a LONG time ago

1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday Renegade! on: April 23, 2012, 11:43:58 AM
 Grin
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Happy Birthday Renegade! on: April 23, 2012, 11:38:09 AM


1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Error message when i restart my pc on: April 20, 2012, 07:30:14 AM
Quickly googling the message you posted, I found the following:

http://www.computing.net/...ing-autocheck/189754.html

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This error can come due to malicious entries in autocheck registry value.
To fix this you can follow below steps :
1) Open Registry editor by opening "regedit" from run box.
2) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager , You will see a vaule name :BootExecute.
3) By default it should have below value. remove any extra values and hit OK.

autocheck autochk *

4) Reboot your computer to test, It should work now.

I honestly have no idea if this will do it, but the OP on that question replied that it did...worth a try I guess...Probably not a bad idea to do a virus scan anyway.

Thank you for this tip it really worked check the snapshot:




Again thank you for this advice all the members of the donation coder, it really is mind boggling to see how  complex Operating system is how to fix a simple problem : which we sometimes don't even fathom it would exit.Even after all the antivirus and updates and tweaking we do to keep the system up and running.
Thank you Stephen66515thumbs up thumbs up

This is what we do here at DC! cheesy

Your very welcome  embarassed
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