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« on: March 25, 2008, 09:58:14 AM »

Newsletter for March 25th, 2008
Codename "Attack of the Antivirus"


"If you read nothing else on our site, read our BLOG"
(new rss feed with images)





1. Newsletter Editorial

March was a busy and stressful month for DonationCoder.  On March 2nd the site was hacked by someone who actually tried to put a link to a virus up on our homepage.  The intrusion was detected within 2 hours but we decided that we would take the opportunity to rebuild a new server from scratch with tighter security.  The move took us almost a week to do, but everything is back and working smoothly now.

Ironically, soon after the server came back up, McAfee antivirus decided this would be a good time to give a *false* positive alert on some of our programs.  Even though McAfee confirmed right away that it was a false alarm and that none of our programs contained a virus, it was an unpleasant coincidence.  You can read more about these events in the threads below.  In March we also learned the importance of a supportive community -- everyone was incredibly nice and encouraging during the troubles (see the first thread in section 3).



2. March 2008 Discounts and Giveaway

This month's giveaway and discount is only open for a tiny window of time, so you'll have to act fast.  While the DonationCoder.com website was offline for a week in March, many of us stayed in touch using the IRC chat network. So we thought it would be appropriate to bring members a discount on one of the best irc clients around: mIRC.



3. Your Input Requested

A warm welcome to all the members who have joined over the last six weeks. If you're a new member, or have never posted before, here are some great places to make your Donationcoder debut!



4. Software (and other) Releases by DonationCoder.com Members

Some fun new releases by members on our site in the recent weeks:



5. Mini-Reviews by Members

Mini-reviews are a great resource for people researching software solutions and may be found on a dedicated Mini-Review Board.  Please remember to acknowledge the efforts of the reviewers with a few donationcredits if you find their reviews interesting and/or helpful.



6. Living Room

The Living Room section of the forum is where we discuss general issues that don't belong anywhere else. It's always hard to select ten or so posts to highlight here because it, along with the General Software Discussion board, is very active. Here is a small sampling of the discussions that have been started since the last newsletter.



7. Fun and Leisure

Everyone needs a break from work now and then.



8. General Software Discussion

Once again the General Software Discussion board has seen an enormous amount of activity over the past six weeks. As noted above (see the Living Room section of the newsletter), these are just a few highlights of the new threads from the past few weeks.



9. Specific Software Discussions

Postings made to the General Software Discussion board often relate to specific applications. Here are some highlights.



10. Developer's Corner

The Developer's Corner section of the forum is not just for developers -- it's also where we talk about entrepreneurial issues.



11. Member Site Spotlight

Nick Pearson, the artist who created DonationCoder's beloved mascot, "Cody", has created a new website documenting a mysterious book he found..

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008, 02:23:14 PM »

thanks as ever mouser  Thmbsup

highlight for me has to be -

11. Member Site Spotlight

Nick Pearson, the artist who created DonationCoder's beloved mascot, "Cody", has created a new website documenting a mysterious book he found..

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2008, 02:58:38 PM »

Nick's site is really interesting. Someone should hire him to design the next big-budget sci-fi spectacular...

... and I want a Go-Rilla for my very own  Thmbsup

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 01:57:38 PM »

Way to go Nick!  Thmbsup There can never be enough weirdness in the world. If you get a chance, scope out Abney Park http://www.abneypark.com/ They might be the people that lost that book you "found" <*grin*>

Here's a flashvid of them in action at the Steampunk Workshop site. I especially love the belly dancer with the Red Baron helmet and goggles! http://steampunkworkshop.com/index.shtml#AbneyPark Check out the rest of the site too. Very cool stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2008, 01:55:25 AM »

I try to keep up with the site, but I always find a lot of cool posts and links among these newsletters. Thanks for taking the time to put these together every month!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2008, 10:37:37 AM »

thanks for the mention in the newsletter. and thanks for the compliments, tomos, timns and 40hz.
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