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26976  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Signed up as visitor before making donation? on: December 12, 2005, 01:45:47 PM
another benefit of the new system is that the name+email you donate with need not be related in any way to the name+email you use on the forum, you can use the activation # to upgrade any (one) forum account into a charter member account.
26977  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Signed up as visitor before making donation? on: December 12, 2005, 01:42:16 PM
Note:

BrotherS wrote this:
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Once the money is being transferred it might take a few hours or a day, then mouser will upgrade you. Enjoy the site until then as much as you can.

you can tell brotherS has been here for a while - this was the old way smiley  the new way is much more automated and instantaneous.

as soon as you donate with paypal you should get an email like the one described above, and you can activate yourself by following those instrctions.

note: always check your spam filters+folders and make sure they aren't blocking email from us - it happens a lot for reasons known only to spam blocker coders smiley

and don't hesitate to let us know if you have trouble getting it to work, we are always available to help, either on forum or email smiley
26978  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Signed up as visitor before making donation? on: December 12, 2005, 01:34:36 PM
welcome fishee (and thank you again for your donation!)
i really need to put up a little screenshot tutorial as i know its a bit confusing.

here is a little pictorial tutorial (you should have received an email like the one shown in the first snapshot; if not, check any spam blocker and email me for more help).

i will try to put up a fuller tutorial in the near future.



INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACTIVATING YOUR CHARTER MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT
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0)You should have recieved an email (shown below) after you donate with
  your forum charter membership activation # (see screenshot #1).
1)If you haven't done so already, register at the donationcoder.com forum,
   at http://www.donationcoder....index.php?action=register
   (this is not done for you automatically, you still need to register).
2)After registering, the forum will send you a confirmation email, and
   after you reply to that you can return to the forum and log in.
3)Once logged in, go to your forum profile by clicking the Profile button.
   At the bottom left of your profile page you will see a box where you can
   submit your Charter Member Validation Number to upgrade your account,
   which will remove all adverts on the site and unlock other features.
4)Your forum login is how the site will recognize that you are a charter
   member, and so activating your forum membership is important.

26979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your owned computer history/upgrade path on: December 12, 2005, 12:37:09 PM
forgot to add my other little gadget that is fun for programmers:

Rex 6000
(credit card sized pocket compuer; discontinued but can be found on ebay)
can be programmed in c.

http://gregsearle.tripod.com/rex.html
http://www.rexextras.net/
http://rexforum.vrillusions.com

in fact i wrote a little addin for it last year (see http://rexforum.vrillusio...s.com/viewtopic.php?t=293)
26980  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 12:31:53 PM
had another idea of another change that might satisfy some people and keep in spirit of the site.

some people object to having to sign up at the forum (though i know if they looked around the forum they'd see it was a good idea), but anyway you can see why people might not like to have to sign up just to get a license key.

we could let people download like freeware renewable licenses without having to sign up at the forum (maybe only would last 1-4 months instead of 6?);  they just have to know that the 1 year permanent license only kicks in after a year from when they signed up at the forum (that's how it keeps track of when it's been a year); so that not signing up means never getting to that point.  just another idea worth thinking about.

26981  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 12:00:44 PM
btw. speaking for myself and my programs listed on this site, we are talking about several thousands of hours of programming time by me over several years.
26982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your owned computer history/upgrade path on: December 12, 2005, 11:54:15 AM
my father bought me a programmable hp41cv calculator in the early 1980s:
http://www.hp41.org/Intro.cfm

it was a remarkable thing in that some early hackers had figured out how to use a buffer overflow in the calculator to hack it to do things it wasn't originally meant to do (like play different sonds), and they put out these underground self-printed books with instructions on how to do it.
26983  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 11:13:06 AM
that's really sad - maybe the new policy will convince them to change that.

i do *not* think donationcoder.com apps qualify as nagware.  my understanding in general of nagware is that the program puts up a nag message on a regular basis (ie on every use) until you buy it.  that's not how donationcoder.com apps work.

you are only nagged to download a freeware key which last for 6 months, then you are told to get another after 6 months, then you are told once again at the 1 year period to go download a full non-expiring non-nagging license.  3 nags over period of 1 year and then never again doesn't seem to be too much of a burden i should hope.
26984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: nudone's new pc on: December 12, 2005, 11:09:31 AM
if noise is a big deal then make sure that every single component with a moving part has been reviewed by someone who says it is quiet as can be.  this means graphics card fan, powersupply fan, case fans, hard drive, etc.  all can make substantial noise.

another thing is this, if i had to rate the most important part of my computer, it would not be the cpu, memory, or hard drive. it would be the 2 monitors. we've talked on the forum about using 2 monitors and everyone i know who's tried it agrees it makes such a difference.  i'd easily go down to a slower cpu, less memory, etc., but giving up having two monitors, never.
26985  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Configure PngOut as a tool on: December 12, 2005, 05:09:25 AM
quick info for how to configure the good commandline png compression tool to work from within screenshot captor.

only 1 caveat, the file already has to be saved as a png before using this tool (note you can change format by just adding the new extension in the filename box and hitting enter).

ok so get pngout from here -> http://advsys.net/ken/utils.htm#pngout
(direct download is here -> http://advsys.net/ken/util/pngout.exe)

then configure tool in sc as shown below:

important note: change pngout.exe directory to where you put your pngout.exe file.

26986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Interesting Simple Machines Forum Thread on Why SMF is Free on: December 12, 2005, 04:41:42 AM
We use the open source SimpleMachines Forum software (smf) here, and it's a great forum.

Here's an interesting thread on why SMF is free, discussing the financical motivations as well as other issues:

http://www.simplemachines...ity/index.php?topic=16971
26987  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 04:01:41 AM
very good point -
there are very few programs on our site that take a license key that don't get updated more frequently that once every 6 months.  plus there are new programs, etc.  so very good point.
26988  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: TalkAboutShareware thread on: December 12, 2005, 03:56:57 AM
rj,
 you did great by posting this - it gave me a chance to explain to anyone who was reading that what we are trying to do.
 and it led to an improved license key policy (imho),
 and it led to some nice new donating members who read the posts and wanted to support the site.
 and it helped those who liked F+R learn how to get the license they wanted.

so overall it worked out great smiley
26989  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: International Donators - Do You Want Your Postcard from America? on: December 12, 2005, 03:36:01 AM
that would be so fun   Kiss

any postcards from overseas sent to us i will put up on a special page  thumbs up

send them here to address here:
  http://www.donationcoder.com/About/contact.html
26990  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 11, 2005, 11:42:15 PM
One more thing: I've said this before but I'll repeat it here again for those who are concerned about such possibilities.  This site is not going anywhere, but if people are afraid that somehow the site will dissapear one day, I'll state the following openly: should the site ever close up shop and/or stop  giving out license keys, then all members with full license keys are hereby granted permission to share these keys legally with the public for anyone to use.  This should allay any fears that somehow something will happen in that year long period that would make it impossible for people to get their permanent non-expiring key.
26991  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: International Donators - Do You Want Your Postcard from America? on: December 11, 2005, 11:24:41 PM
yep, just an idea - probably no one cares about such stuff but me  undecided
26992  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 11, 2005, 11:21:28 PM
Note: we are open to further suggestions, and as we have made clear in the past our intention is not to punish those who can't donate, but mainly to encourage people who are willing to donate to actually follow through, and to give us a chance to make our case to people who normally might not pay attention.

An interesting issue is whether we should really require people to come back to the site twice before giving them the permanent non-expiring license.  It may be that this is overkill, and we should simply require an initial 6-month freeware license key, followed by giving them the permanent non-expiring license key on their next visit. We are open to making this change in the future.

Arguing for it is the idea that if they are still using it 6-months later but still don't want to make a donation, then they probably are not going to be effected by making them wait another 6 months.

Arguing against it is the idea that after 6 months they might be exactly ready to donate having realized they like the program, but that having a single click to get a non-expiring license may be just too easy to push and be done with (as opposed to going through the steps of donating), and so having to renew once may be just the motivation needed to differentiate the reluctantly lazy from the committed non-donator smiley
26993  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 11, 2005, 11:07:04 PM
Following a discussion on alt.comp.freeware (see this thread http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1756.0), we have decided to make a change to the License Key policy at DonationCoder.com.

Our old policy was that users who do not donate can download freeware license keys that eliminate all reminders for 6 months.  After 6 months the program would stop working until they come back to the key download page here and grab another 6-month freeware license key for the next 6 months, and this process could be repeated indefinitely.

Our new policy for non-donator freeware licenses is as follows:
  • programs will no longer stop working after the license period.  They will only show startup reminder nags when a freeware license "expires."
  • non-donators can generate a 6-month license key twice.  After that period (1 year), they can visit the page and generate permanent non-expiring license keys that will never require them to generate another key or see another nage.

In summary, we are making it easier for people who cannot or do not wish to donate to use our programs freely without worry.  There is now no risk of programs stopping working after some period, and no one has to resign themselves to visiting our site every 6 months indefinitely if they've already made clear they are not going to donate.
26994  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Bug? - Blank GUI on: December 11, 2005, 10:08:43 PM
ok i bet i know what's wrong, but not why it's occured for you
i'll bet somehow it's "docking view" has gotten messed up and it's just that all the docked windows are "closed"
maybe the docking preset files got messed up, or something like that.

The same thing would happen if you somehow dragged all your docking windows off the main form and then closed them.

Try choosing another docking preset from the "Presets" menu.  You should see views for "Standard" and others to choose from, if not then your installation is missing these and that would explain the problem, and you should reinstall.
26995  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Bug? - Blank GUI on: December 11, 2005, 06:25:11 PM
the only thing i can think of is
look at status bar.. does it say it is "cleaning/compacting" the data?
26996  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Bug? - Blank GUI on: December 11, 2005, 06:23:19 PM
hmm i wonder if i should pull this version until i get more reports..
you really should not need to do anything but copy over the exe.
let me test a new install.

can you make me a screenshot?
26997  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Bug? - Blank GUI on: December 11, 2005, 06:06:31 PM
you should be able to just copy over the exe, and yeah a blank gui would be a bad thing Sad
did it give its normal balloon messages in tray saying its starting up and ready?
maybe exit and restart and make sure you wait some seconds before double clicking.
26998  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / International Donators - Do You Want Your Postcard from America? on: December 11, 2005, 03:54:39 PM
If you are a non-US donator you are entitled to a postcard of thanks from us.  Most people of corse won't care about this, but for those who have donated and think it would be fun, read this and then and email your overseas postal address to me (mouser@donationcoder.com):

http://www.donationcoder..../SpecialNonUsWelcome.html

hmmm.. i wonder if people from overseas countries would be willing to send postcards to donators inside the US?

perhaps donators inside the US who want to receive a postcard from someone outside the US could also send me their mailing postal address and I could include one in each postcard we send overseas, so the recipient can mail back a postcard to someone in the US.  does that make sense?




26999  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013 on: December 11, 2005, 03:39:59 PM
The big thing about this release is that quick formatting presets can now be shown on quickpaste menu - which i think is extremely useful; let's you do things like:
  • create a preset that adds >> in front of lines, word wraps at 74 characters, and does some other stuff
  • then whenever you want to apply that just select text in a program, hit quickpaste, and select this preset to reformat the text.
27000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your owned computer history/upgrade path on: December 11, 2005, 01:43:33 PM
cromemco z-2d z80/cpm/teletype (1978?) -> ibm pc (1981, were on early waiting list) -> ibm pc at (woot a hard drive!) -> boring upgrades -> amd xp2000 (current machine)

favorite computers to program on other than those above: trs80,radioshack colorcomputer
least favorite to program on: apple macintosh
most drooled over and never owned: apple lisa

interesting chart: http://www.colombialink.c...03_computing_history.html
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