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26926  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE 07/18/05 - IDEA: Dim rest of desktop/windows, except for focused window on: October 23, 2005, 08:51:28 PM
neat!!
26927  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer on: October 23, 2005, 08:41:02 PM
don't forget to support your favorite skrommel with a donation!

(wait you mean there is only one skrommel??!?!?  how can that be??)
26928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes... on: October 23, 2005, 08:39:24 PM
i didn't take your post that way at all - i just want to make sure that people who have been waiting for CHS to improve to understand that:
  • i know it needs real improvement
  • i am committed to making it a great program
26929  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 23, 2005, 08:37:37 PM
We started out doing a new full length review each week here and we've fallen recently to less than one a month.
I thought I would address that and start a conversation on how we might be able to improve that.

The first thing to acknowledge is that the scope, depth, and length of the reviews has grown tremendously since we started.
If you go to the review archive: http://www.donationcoder....eviews/Archive/index.html
and compare the first with the last review it's laughable that we thought that first review was "comprehensive"
so we've gotten to the point where our reviews are pretty big undertakings.

The second reason for the decrease in reviews is that I have focused more and more on improving the software here - ScreenshotCaptor has turned into a very popular program and has had tons of work done on it, and Find+Run, while not as popular, has improved steadily, requiring a lot of attention from me.  As much as I like doing the reviews, my main feeling is that I should probably focus on the things I can do best, and thats coding not reviewing.

I think we need to get back to more frequent reviews though - they are an important part of the site.  And the solution to that is to have members here write reviews.

So some concrete ideas to encourage that:

We now have an easy way of generating some ad revenue from reviews with the google ads, and it's extremely easy to get a report of all ad revenue from specific pages.  The main motivation on this site is not money, and you're not going to make that much, but a popular review could earn some money, and guest reviewers would get all ad revenue from their review pages.  How much - i really don't know, we need someone to be the first guinea pig to find out.  Zaine's archive review was extremely widely read and it's a shame we didn't have the ads set up then.

We now have a two-stage review process, where part 1 is just an overview of the category and a list of the main programs in the category along with screenshots and some info.  If you don't feel like you are ready to do a full review - what about just doing the part one summary of apps in the category?  This is a bit of work but it's not work that requires a lot of experience - you just search the web for related programs and take screenshots (official or your own), and add them to a table in a template we already have written, along with links to their homepage, the price, shareware/freeware etc.  It seems to me we could have several people building these part 1 summaries simultaneously - and that having them written would make life a LOT easier for a final review.  It gets the ball rolling and would go along way to getting reviews written.

Maybe we can find someone here at our forum to sort of spearhead the review writing process, to try to organize new reviews getting written?

Our poll here http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=482.0
has a list of top reviews wanted.

What I'd like to do is get some volunteers to start creating part 1 overviews of these reviews; when we have a few of those we can start filling in the details.

Maybe we can make some concessions to the difficulty in having our reviews focus on one best winner - and play off more of the strengths of our community here, in putting more focus on a comprehensive review of the various programs in a category; and while still choosing a best commercial app and best freeware app, shift a bit of the emphasis from focusing on the one winner, which would make it easier for us to write the reviews as a group effort.

Let's not underestimate the positive effect of a couple of people volunteering and spearheading a few reviews... the mini review section was pretty quiet until recently when nighted and a few others started posting and now its a wonderfull part of the forum.

So let's see if we can figure out a way to take advantage of the brains of the people here and find a way to still do those big category-winning reviews, but in a way that's sustainable here on a regular basis.  And my suggestion is we break up the job into a format that is more amenable to some team work and piecewise construction.

So to recap:
1) let's get some volunteers to write some PART1 review overviews; this requires real work searching the web for the good programs in a category and collecting information about them, but has no deadline, and doesn't require you to form opinions about the programs.
2) let's have our reviews focus more on a broader review of the various programs, comparing them, etc., which can take advantage of input from forum members about different features in each.
3) let's try to reward guest reviewers who put a lot of work in on reviews; one way to do that is to more formally make clear some rewards.  guest reviewers will get the ad revenue from the web page (we'll have to figure out a good way to divide and share if it's a team effort); plus reviewers will be garanteed some free software from donated copies.

OK, who wants to volunteer to take on which of the PART1 overviews? see the poll for a list of what people want to see reviewed.
26930  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes... on: October 23, 2005, 08:13:59 PM
that's really sad to hear about keynote, i know it will be missed.

neomem looks very slick.

i have *NOT* given up work on CHS - in fact i do believe it will become one of our more popular apps eventually -
i just have to do more work on the others before i can devote myself back to it.  the absolutely best thing users could do who would like to see CHS turn into one of their favorite apps is help me figure out the best interface for it and help me prioritize a list of things that need to be added so we can as quickly as possible get it to be a useful application, and then refine it over time.

this last 2 weeks has been non-stop work by my on the back-end of this site, only some of which is visible on the outside..
i think i'm done with the site for a bit so i can return to releasing a new version of programs; in fact i'm going to make a post about my plans in a separate thread.
26931  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Long distance on: October 23, 2005, 06:16:25 PM
www.gotomypc.com seems like the focus on being easy to use.
i've also noticed some of the ads here are actually being useful (omg - did i just say that?)

open source people think highly of realvnc i think, but it may be a bit too technically challenging for a novice.
26932  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Long distance on: October 23, 2005, 04:26:16 PM
yes you are.

sc tries to stores its options in its directory so it does sound like the problem could be that he doesnt have permission to write to that directory.  you could have him just move the entire screenshot captor directory to one of his normal directories (or even his desktop) and run it from there to solve the problem.

another alternative to solve your larger problem of helping him might be to install a remote control application that would let you just log into his machine remotely and help him set up his computer directly.
26933  News and Reviews / Best Website Change Monitoring Tool / Re: WebMon, the freeware alternative on: October 23, 2005, 04:22:21 PM
why not read the review to find out about wsw -> http://www.donationcoder....ve/WebWatchers/index.html
26934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / bloglines? on: October 23, 2005, 03:47:26 PM
anyone use this? looks kinda fun and clean:
http://www.bloglines.com/


Quote
"Bloglines is a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content. With Bloglines, there is no software to download or install -- simply register as a new user and you can instantly begin accessing your account any time, from any computer or mobile device. And it's FREE!
Bloglines is a window to a whole new world of dynamic content that is being created and distributed over the new "live" web. You can make your own personalized news page tailored to your unique interests from our index of tens of millions of live internet content feeds, including articles, blogs, images and audio. And it's FREE!

Bloglines shields you from the confusion of news feed standards -- RSS, Atom, and others. Bloglines allows you to search for, read and share any updates from your favorite news feed or blog regardless of its authoring technology. And it's FREE!

Last, but not least, Bloglines provides you with the tools you need to begin creating your own clip blogs and blogrolls. Become a publisher, share your thoughts and opinions! And it's FREE! Get started today!. "
26935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Favourites on: October 23, 2005, 02:52:00 PM
mark it on your calendar then  thumbs up
26936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a donation ... on: October 23, 2005, 10:50:50 AM
a product like drupal can sometimes get corporate funding from companies that use it.
26937  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: TIP: hold ALT when resizing bitmap objects to preserve aspect ratio on: October 23, 2005, 10:10:35 AM
yep, i'm definitely going to add a restore-to-original size and some other quick-sizing options.

please be patient with updates, ive got a lot planned but i didn't expect to be spending the last 2 weeks non-stop adding features to the website.
26938  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: What is Flock? on: October 23, 2005, 10:06:15 AM
i think you've stumbled on the unsolved mystert about the movie "The Matrix" !!

when you see those people all hooked up in those capsules with tubes connected to them..
they are really just being forced to watch advertisements delivered directly to their brains.

and the matrix =

a giant advertising machine!!!   ohmy ohmy ohmy ohmy ohmy ohmy
26939  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Translators Wanted on: October 23, 2005, 08:56:16 AM
thank you and welcome to all  Thmbsup

i hope soon that we will be able to offer translations for all of our programs.

and if people have trouble understanding one of the pages on this site or some options in one of our programs i'm glad there are people here willing to help them out!  Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
26940  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: What is Flock? on: October 23, 2005, 08:34:39 AM
excellent review!
i think this stuff, along with stumbleupon and delicious are way of the future - with so many (useless) websites, or websites just designed to attract traffic to show advertisements, its going to be more and important for people to be able to rely on each other for help identifying good sites and sharing info.

the only problem i can see is a new wave of AI bots designed to hijack these services and manipulate them for their goals.
(not world domination, but advertising).
26941  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Favourites on: October 23, 2005, 08:25:32 AM
Thanks for the update on the powermarks update!

as for this:

Quote
Too bad I missed the offer of 50% discount on website-watcher as by the time I discovered it, the offer was long over. Wonder if they will offer their discounts again.

all i can say is...
november will be a special month here at donationcoder  Wink
26942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: needed: unobtrusive "new mail!" sample on: October 23, 2005, 06:31:18 AM
when i wrote my email review (http://www.donationcoder....ve/EmailClient/index.html)
i provided some of the more subtle sounds i have found for alerting on new mail:
http://www.donationcoder....ent/MousersMailSounds.zip
26943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Improved list button in forum post form on: October 22, 2005, 09:45:09 PM
after cutting my teeth on some javascript this afternoon to obfuscate emails/donation links to protection them from email spam harvester bots, i decided to improve the listbotton in the forum post editor.

now if you type a long list of lines, you can simply select them, and hit the list button (its the one that looks like a bunch of bullet point, far bottom right), and a list will be made from them with each one bulleted.

e.g. type this:
[copy or print]
item1
item2
item3
item4
item5
item6
item7


then select those lines 1-7
and hit the list/bulleting button to get this:
[copy or print]
[list]
[li]item1[/li]
[li]item2[/li]
[li]item3[/li]
[li]item4[/li]
[li]item5[/li]
[li]item6[/li]
[li]item7[/li]
[/list]


which looks like this when posted:
  • item1
  • item2
  • item3
  • item4
  • item5
  • item6
  • item7

26944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: have the urge to buy gadgets and stuff but dont have much money? on: October 22, 2005, 09:40:21 PM
hehehe, no really i love my rubbermaids.
there are 7 empty ones scattered about the room right now.
26945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / have the urge to buy gadgets and stuff but dont have much money? on: October 22, 2005, 08:22:02 PM
perhaps you are like me, you have no money and still miss buying gadgets and a new computer.
well you might want to do what i did, my first major purchase in about 6 months was a 38 piece set of rubbermaid plastic food containers, like this set but a few less pieces in mine, after all i am not donald trump.

now perhaps you think i must have lost my mind.. that box of plastic containers has been in my kitchen for 4 weeks or so now, and i still haven't used even half of the containers.  each day i find something new to store it brings me joy to go into that box and find the perfect sized container for it...

some people prefer to climb mountains, i prefer this.
26946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Links" item added to top navbar on: October 22, 2005, 08:13:18 PM
for me, this forum really is the heart of the site, and i didn't dare to hope it would turn into as nice and fun and useful a place to hang out as it has - thanks to all of you   embarassed
26947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Links" item added to top navbar on: October 22, 2005, 07:31:42 PM
on the top navbar of every page on site i've now added a direct link to our Links page, seemed like a good idea given how much of an emphasis we place here on sharing information about good sites.
26948  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to you on: October 22, 2005, 06:05:02 PM
i spent MANY HOURS cursing at my computer getting my javascript solution to this to work.
took about 1 hour to code it, 5 hours to figure out why javascript wasn't always working (answer, certain characters were being escaped out during the call).

hope you like the solution.  uses a simple encryption plus a confirmation dialog so people can see EXACTLY where they are being redirected to.

the obfuscation is also used on email links, so if you decide to make your email visible to the world here it will be obfuscated to prevent email harvesting robots as well.

this should keep everyone's email here safe  Thmbsup
26949  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: October 22, 2005, 06:01:35 PM
incitation -> inspiration
 Wink
26950  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Suggestions: area selection, hotkeys, mousepointer, hidden windows, multilingual on: October 22, 2005, 06:00:41 PM
thanks for the ideas maddes,

as stefan says, #1 is planned, after some more things are fixed up and improved.
#2, let me think about
#3 sc has greate support for adding little cliparts like cursors - it comes with many and we are making more all the time (thanks to stefan!); click the clipart button and as stefan says select "cursors" fromt he dropdown, then double click one to put in on screen and move it to where you want.
#4 could you explain how one would use that?
#5 i hope to add good multilanguages support to all of the donationcoder apps as soon as i can get a breath from improving them - we have many international users and i would love to be able to put our programs in their native languages and take advantage of many of the kind offers to help with translations.

keep the suggestions coming, there will be updates soon on all dc apps - i've been working on site scripts for last 2 weeks and im dying to get back to proper c++ coding  Angry
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