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26876  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum on: December 22, 2005, 07:16:31 PM
Ok guys+gals,

I don't know if this is best described as a contest, or more of a sponsorship, but any way you slice it, we've decided to offer a reward for a programmer who can make 2 mods for the smf (simplemachines) forum system, that will let the mediawiki wiki system, and the mantis bugtracker system share smf login info.

We do not expect or want to have multiple programmers working on this at the same time - the main purpose is to find a person who wants to get this done properly, and give them a little incentive and reward.

The final result must be made open source and shared with the SMF community.  We will be happy to provide web space for the programmer who writes this so that they can maintain a page on it (and for any other smf or open source mods they might want to write).

We are looking for someone who wants to implement this correctly, i.e. improve it over time and correct bugs that are found, not just do a quick and dirty job to win a prize.

This is not a horribly complicated mod, and similar mods have been written already which will provide a good starting point, however it is a bit tricky so probably only someone who is a bit comfortable working with smf mods or php/mysql already should try this.

More Details:
  • the aim is to use the SMF login info as the definitive login for mediawiki and mantis bugtracker logins.
  • user should not ever have to log into media wiki or mantis manually if they are already logged into the forum.
  • must work on existing smf accounts (i.e. not just new ones)
  • should have minimal (preferably none at all), messing with the original smf database tables (certainly nothing that would make the tables incompatible with a clean install of smf or mediawiki or mantis); ie we want minimal impact and minimal potential for troubles.
  • we will want to coordinate groups in smf with groups in mediawiki, so that certain member groups in smf map to member groups in wiki, with the mod checking this to keep up to date so that we don't have to manually update databases when status of a user changes.
  • expect to tweak it to get it working right.
  • coder should ideally have their own installation of smf, mediawiki, mantis.  if its an experienced programmer who is SURE they will be implementing this we could set these things up for them in a test account, but we're not going to set up 10 such accounts just for people who are curious about attempting to code this

  • Fully license copy of VmWare
  • $100 cash reward
  • Custom DonationCoder.com t-shirt
  • Some more free software
  • The thanks of tons of people on this board and othe SMF boards.
  • Chance to do more such mods for more rewards.

Feel free to discuss here or email mouser@donationcoder.com
26877  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Morse Code as You Type on: December 22, 2005, 04:36:44 PM
26878  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Top or bottom? on: December 22, 2005, 04:12:25 PM
i guess this should be considered a bug, since the program is meant to automatically sort the thumbnail list so that new thumbnails appear at bottom...   but maybe it's better classified as a christmas miracle since i don't know why it would be doing that nor how to change it smiley

in all seriousness, i intend to replace the thumbnail view completely in the near future with a different implementation that should solve some of the oddities in the thumbnail view.
26879  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: For dictionary lovers on: December 22, 2005, 10:19:54 AM
mobysaurus was the thesaurus i posted about recently (http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1881.0)
26880  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: The Bat - how to customize? on: December 22, 2005, 10:09:29 AM

from forum post (you'll find the download mentioned below is available on above page)

>> just as I wrote a few days ago. download
>> http://www.trybik.jest.okey.pl/tb3skin.zip, extract it in your bat
>> folder and edit batskin.ini. You have to guess the settings, since
>> the official docs haven't been published.

B> Did anyone figure out how to do this yet? I hate the new large icons!
B> Thanks!

 The following worked for me, but YMMV.

Try the following changes. This changes them down to 24x24.

; Buttons=GlyphList32x32

; BigIcons=GlyphList32x32

; [GlyphList32x32]
; fixup=32,32,0,0

26881  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: google holiday images on: December 22, 2005, 09:56:56 AM
now the real question is, when is our little bird mascot going to start making holiday appearances in various outfits.
26882  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: The Bat - how to customize? on: December 22, 2005, 09:55:59 AM
i remember you can do it, but i can't remember how.. there is a newsgroup for thebat, i'll check it in a bit.
may i make a recommendation though.

i also tend to always look for small icons.  however, after using the bat for a couple of years, i've concluded that because you are going to be pushing these constantly, it really does help to have big buttons.  you might want to try it for a couple weeks and see if you don't get used to it.. that's my recommendation.

26883  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: google holiday images on: December 22, 2005, 09:50:19 AM
ah... right you are!
26884  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / google holiday images on: December 22, 2005, 09:41:51 AM
looks like google is building up to an xmas logo change with a progression of different logos.

here's todays, maybe yesterday's is up somewhere?

26885  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: tidying up board arrangement on the forum on: December 22, 2005, 09:39:39 AM
it's probably just a glitch that may appear the first time you click unread, and will go back to normal after that.
26886  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / tidying up board arrangement on the forum on: December 22, 2005, 08:46:35 AM
you may have noticed i made some small changes to the arrangement of sections of the forum; just minor stuff i hope will make it a bit more logical.
26887  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: December 22, 2005, 06:45:04 AM
aw.. i love companies like that.
26888  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Turning automatic process taming off. on: December 22, 2005, 06:33:13 AM
this feature was added to the new release (2.03.01); see below for screenshot.
26889  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: December 22, 2005, 06:30:00 AM
i wouldnt be suprised if they dont get bought up by another music service in the near future..
26890  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: December 22, 2005, 06:12:09 AM
ok i just signed up - pretty damn slick and pretty damn cool.

note: the free version runs (visual only?) ads in the browser, which is not too bad.  paying to remove the ads seem expensive to me ($36 a year), not sure how many people going to take them up on it.
26891  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.03.01 - December 22, 2005 on: December 22, 2005, 06:02:34 AM
minor update to add a good feature that was requested recently.
major update is still planned soon.
26892  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nominations for DonationCoder's Top 10 New Programs & Websites of the Year. on: December 22, 2005, 05:23:50 AM
just adding a note here - we were talkng in the donationcoder irc chat channel (see "IRC CHAT" button above) that it would be a fun thing if at the start of 2006 we put out a little guide in the new year listing the top 10 new programs and websites that came out in 2005.

so everyone please help us come up with this top 10 list and we will put together a little feature on this in january 2006.

please list:
  • name of program or website
  • the website url
  • the date that it went public (which must be sometime in 2005)
  • a description of it and the reason you think it qualifies.

nominate as many as you want.  we know there are TONS of great apps that have been around for a while, but this list is only meant to highlight new stuff.
26893  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Request : mouse pointer shadow on: December 22, 2005, 03:13:22 AM
maybe this issue needs clarification:
1) screenshot captor has an option to capture the cursor and display it.
2) as stefan points out, it's often more useful to not capture it, but add a cursor as an object afterwards, which lets you move it, resize it, and give it a shadow.  screenshot captor comes with a whole directory full of various cursor objects for this purpose.
3) i was suggesting the best of both worlds, ie capture cursor location and auto add a cursor object at the appropriate place.
26894  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 22, 2005, 01:48:15 AM
hahaha -
being against license keys is not being against this site.  no one here has to agree in lock step with everything we do.

the license keys are an inconvenience.  no doubt about it.  and it makes sense that those good souls who would donate to the site regardless would tend to think that they are overkill.

the real question, and its an empirical question, is to what extent would donations and participation on the forum drop off if we stopped using license keys.

my speculation is that it would drop off a bit, but how much i do not know.

i actually think that the people who are complaining about the license keys and say they would donate only if we didn't have such a thing are probably fooling themselves.

but that's not to say that there aren't benefits that would come from removing the license keys, worth considering.

it seems to me that we should answer this question, both for ourselves, and as a way of answering a question that other donationware authors would probably like to have answered.

so i suggest that sometimes in the next few months (maybe timed to our 1 year aniversary in march or april), we conduct a survey and spend a month  having either no license keys needed anymore, or else letting people sign up and get an immediate non-expiring permanent license key.  it seems to me we don't have that much to lose other than a months worth of user donations, and it would be a fair price to pay to get a better understanding of how the license key system helps or hurts.
26895  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funny/interesting websites I like... check these out if you're bored on: December 22, 2005, 01:35:53 AM
great post.  i'd like to see more of these lists of people's favorite sites.

ps. i believe the onion is the funniest fake newspaper ever written.
26896  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What's the correct abbreviation? on: December 21, 2005, 04:19:13 PM
it's an interesting question;
i think it might be overkill for normal find+run searching, but i can see two related things:
1) supporting such stuff in a non-default file search mode.
2) supporting being able to define a specific alias search which specified a bunch of search strings like you have described, which could be run via a command of some sort.
26897  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: an idea: sponsoring an open source smf (simlemachines.org forum) mod or two on: December 21, 2005, 04:17:00 PM
that's quite nice.. now i see why people like vbulletin so much.
26898  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Request : mouse pointer shadow on: December 21, 2005, 09:37:58 AM
interesting idea..

i wonder if i could have screenshot captor capture the location of the cursor and dynamically insert a cursor "object" that could then be moved around, hiddent, given a shadow, etc.  it's a possibility.. not sure how hard it would be yet. i'll look into it.  might want to submit an official bug/feature request using the "bugtracker" button above so i don't forget smiley
26899  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / an idea: sponsoring an open source smf (simlemachines.org forum) mod or two on: December 21, 2005, 07:52:28 AM
we've discussed on this forum a couple mods to the smf forum that would be nice to have; i've written some custom stuff for smf but i was thinking that maybe we should try to have a kind of contest or something to sponsor some smf mod programmer who was interested in creating an open source mod that we would particularly like.  the mod would be made available as a normal open source smf mod, the only thing we'd be doing is offering a little reward to the person who worked on it because its something we would find useful.

the most immediate one i can see a use for is an integration with media wiki and the bug tracking program (mantis), so that users would only use one login for all three.  but nudone also suggested a "bookmark" type mod that might be nice.

prizes for the coder could include a copy of vmware, a dc shirt, maybe some other software?

26900  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 21, 2005, 07:35:07 AM
the tricky part about all this is there are different kinds of people:
  • some are freeware purists - they wont download anything that has even the smallest thing that deviates from norm.  if the software was designed so that after 100 years of daily use it popped up a single message once that said "please consider a donation", and never came up again - these people would boycot the program loudly.  they'd rather use a program 1000x more inferior that causes them to spend an hour extra a day fighting with bugs in the program than use the other program.
  • others are, just as bad, payware purists - these people will not use any software that they don't have to buy, and the more expensive the better.  they would sooner pay $400 for a never-updated, zero support piece of junk than use a freeware program that has the best reputation for support and is 100x more reliable and powerful.
  • and most people are donation-phobic.  these are the people we are trying to reach.  people who are open to the idea of donating to support good software, but are reluctant and need a little convincing/motivation.
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