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26976  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:

26977  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.
26978  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: TalkAboutShareware thread on: December 12, 2005, 03:56:57 AM
 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
26979  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:
26980  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.
26981  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
26982  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
26983  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.
26984  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.
26985  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?
26986  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?
26987  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.
26988  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):


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?

26989  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.
26990  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
26991  DonationCoder.com Software / Dr.Windows / Re: Dr.Windows Dialogs - Add Yours! on: December 11, 2005, 12:01:10 PM
another 20 or so and i think dr.windows will be ready for its first release.  thumbs up
26992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Add a Spreadsheet to your Web Site on: December 11, 2005, 10:56:57 AM
26993  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Keys on: December 11, 2005, 10:01:42 AM
thank you for appreciating our attempt to figure out a fair way to encourage people to donate but still keep the software free.

actually we have decided to change the 6 month thing in the next few days so that people who are not going to donate do not have to keep coming back every 6 months; at some point (either after 6 months or one year, not decided yet), users will automatically be given a non-expiring, permanent license license key.

in this way, people who do not plan on donating or who cannot donate will not have to keep coming back once it is clear that they will not be donating, for whatever reason.  our interest is not in punishing people for not donating, it's only to encourage donations.
26994  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Keys on: December 11, 2005, 05:58:04 AM
first, welcome to the site smiley

well it certainly is recognizing you as a member here on this page, so that's a good sign.

so if you go to: http://www.donationcoder.com/Keys/index.php

it says you are not signed up at the forum? or does it work now?

it should recognize you and give you a list on the bottom of the page to generate a license key for each of the programs.

let us know if you are still having trouble - i'm hoping it was just that you weren't logged in yet when you last checked the page, or something like that.  do post again or email me if you still have trouble.
26995  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes... on: December 11, 2005, 02:21:17 AM
i just read the closing post by marek about why he closed the project,
and found it extremely touching and more honest than anything like it i've ever read.

he captures the paralyzing feeling that you can sometimes get as a programmer when you find yourself in the middle of a big project and are overwhelmed by too many choices and a lack of easy paths.

26996  DonationCoder.com Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: Ideas for future versions? on: December 11, 2005, 01:44:30 AM
good ideas -

and it's nice to hear that people are getting some use out of the program smiley

i think a good alternative to trying to implement a multifont support would be to allow you to easily specify an "image" for cover page and back page; then you could simply make a custom picture with your own fonts and stuff in an image editor and use that.  what do you think? or would that be too inconvenient?

as for supporting a directory of image files - another option is the "image to avi" freeware tool i linked to on the flipbook printer page; it will make an avi from images, which flipbook printer can then add.

as for single frame stepping, see the attached picture, there are controls for that.

i will try to fix the recent projects issue.

some more ideas i plan to add to next version in the coming weeks:
  • more printing options like support for n-up and printing order options to make it easier to stack images for stapling.
  • ability to add subtitles

if anyone has more card stock labels they have created please post them.
keep the ideas coming!
26997  DonationCoder.com Software / Dr.Windows / Re: Dr.Windows Dialogs - Add Yours! on: December 10, 2005, 05:49:29 PM
hahahaahahahahaha ahahahaahaha.
  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

i think stefan will soon be a zen master.

i think these two are my favorites: "the error has been successfully performed"   cheesy
and this one: "Your mouse have moved. Windows must be restarted for the change to take effect." hahahaaha  cheesy

edit: also "are you ready for the blue screen now" - rofl
26998  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / DonationCoder.com swag (shirts and stuff) on: December 10, 2005, 05:46:02 PM
so.. we are going to be setting up some shirts and other apparel with our new mascot (http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=1093).

i think we will probably be using cafepress.com, though i'm open to alternate suggestions.

i'd like to hear what kinds of things people think we should make available; you can see the cafepress product line here:

fair warning:

we are not setting these up to be fun things to buy with donationcoder.com mascot on them (we will be separately providing a little iron on decal with the mascot for anyone who donates), because that would mean you'd buy a donationcoder.com tshirt for $15 and of that we would get $1.  so that makes no sense.

instead, the idea will be to do like pbs, make these special gifts for large donators, and special rare prizes to give away to show our appreciation to people who contribute to the site.
26999  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Gizmo's "The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities" - no donationcoder but still good on: December 10, 2005, 05:23:30 PM
ok inexplicably there are no donationcoder.com apps on this list  undecided

but it's still a great list with nice full commentary on each category.

27000  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: Case sensitive URL problem. on: December 10, 2005, 05:09:09 PM
done; this was mostly fixed earlier but v1.05.01 has also been updated to be case sensitive even when searching file.
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