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Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« on: April 23, 2008, 11:45:55 AM »
Newsletter for April 23rd, 2008
Codename "Summer Feathers"


"If you read nothing else on our site, read our BLOG"
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1. Newsletter Editorial

Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of the DonationCoder.com newsletter.  It's been almost a month since the last newsletter so there are a lot of noteworthy posts to tell you about (we'll be resuming our twice-monthly newsletter schedule soon).  I've been working on freelance projects for the last several months to pay the bills, but my plan is to spend a couple of months starting at the end of May working on new software updates and releases for DonationCoder.  Until then, maybe we need to figure out other ways to encourage the programmers who hang out on the site, and new programmers who haven't found us yet, to participate and share some of their creations.  If you have any ideas for how we might do this, or any ideas about how to improve the site in general, please let us know.
-mouser


2. Your Input Requested

A warm welcome to all the members that have joined over the last month.  Here are some good topics to make your debut post on.  Don't be shy, just jump right in, we are always happy to hear from new people.



3. April 2008 Discounts

Because of this month's late newsletter, you only have a week to take advantage of the 30% discount on Linkman and other Outertech.com products.  Check out the minireview by DC member KenR to read more about the program.



4. DonationCoder.com Software

Lots more new Find and Run Robot plugins to tell you about this month, and a couple of coders on our site got some recognition too: Skrommel's utilities were mentioned in a PC Magazine article, and mouser's Screenshot Captor get recommended as best Screenshot Tool for advanced users. Woot!



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. Fun, Games, and Humour

One of the things that makes the forum a nice place to hang out is that there is a good balance of serious expert discussion and just plain silly fun.  There are always a few truly sublime discoveries posted by DC members every month, and this month was no exception.



7. Living Room

The Living Room section of the forum is where we discuss general issues that don't belong anywhere else.  It's kind of a catch-all section -- lots of website discoveries and recommendations, etc.



8. General Software Discussion

Almost half the posts on the forum fall into the category of general software discussions, questions, recommendations, etc.



9. Specific Software Discussion

This section of the newsletter draws some attention to a few noteworthy specific programs mentioned on the forum since the last newsletter.



10. Developer's Corner

A pretty thin set of posts in the Developer's Corner section this month -- why is that?  Remember that this section isn't just for computer programmers, it's for entrepreneurs of all kinds to discuss the issues involving creating things and running a small business.

« Last Edit: May 15, 2008, 11:41:14 AM by mouser »

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 12:04:14 PM »
nice name
nice newsletter :Thmbsup:
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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 11:26:33 PM »
I'd love to have more feedback about the newsletter -- what you guys would like to see more of, less of, etc.

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2008, 01:45:49 AM »
I'm hunting around for KenR's minireview now - a Link would be great!!

Thanks!

Jim

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2008, 01:50:24 AM »
j-mac, I just added a link at the end of section 3.

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2008, 01:54:37 AM »
j-mac, I just added a link at the end of section 3.

I just finished reading it - nice review!

BTW, Is the site having problems tonight? Couldn't get here at all earlier, and even now it is very slow - took this page 2.5 minutes to load on a 16 Mbps cable connection!!  Other sites are as fast as ever.

Thanks!

Jim

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 02:00:07 AM »
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BTW, Is the site having problems tonight?

Yes!
But it's not the server.. It's a much larger internet backbone that's gone down.  I suspect we'll all hear more about it in the morning but there seems to be a fairly large outage on the internet tubes.  We've just spend an hour in our irc channel (#donationcoder on efnet) talking and investigating.

This page shows a little bit about the problem: http://www.internetpulse.net/

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008, 02:03:17 AM »
OK - I'm going to have to try mIRC sooner than later!

I did notice that Outertech posted that they were hit with a DDOS attack tonight, and that KenR's review is loading very slowly - but it is the hot-linked images from Outertech that appear to be the problem on the review page.

Is it possible that all the links you added today to Outertech are part of the problem?

Jim

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2008, 04:46:33 AM »
I would like to see less mention of potential FOSS vs Windows forum posts. All arguments have been exchanged many times over; it's become too boring to bother.

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2008, 06:26:44 AM »
For some reason I don't get the newsletter by email any more. Never mind, the feed's much nicer :Thmbsup: ..... but will have to wait until the weekend. Couldn't stand myself any more after 3 month holiday and took a part-time job on plus the monsoon season is upon us which means frequent computer shut-downs.

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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2008, 08:46:23 PM »
I'd like to have the Podcast back. Those were so fun!


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Re: --> Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008, 09:05:12 PM »
I'd like to have the Podcast back. Those were so fun!
+1 to the Podcasts! whatever happened to them? :tellme:

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Re: Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2008, 05:52:25 AM »
I'd like to have the Podcast back. Those were so fun!
+1 to the Podcasts! whatever happened to them? :tellme:
give me back me podcast  >:(.........please :D

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Re: Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2008, 06:08:10 AM »
anyone who wants to do all the work of organizing and making a podcast, let me know.. I'd love to have it back too.

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Re: Newsletter for April 23rd - Codename "Summer Feathers"
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2008, 03:25:18 PM »
I'd be willing to contribute segments like I did back in the day.

* Deozaan searches for his audio software.

Good old Cool Edit 2000. :)