Newsletter for August 28th, 2008
Codename "Dizzying Discounts"
1. Newsletter Editorial
Darwin here, warming the captain's chair for mouser. August has been a busy month on every level - personal, local, national, and international (heck, it was even a busy month cosmologically - the Perseids were active from July 17 to August 24). But thankfully this newsletter is coming out on time finally so we only have to look back at the last two weeks. As August grinds to a close, let's all take a look back at what's new on the Donationcoder boards since the last newsletter.
2. Official Announcements
As August ends, so does the huge 40% discount on the newly released Beyond Compare version 3! This program is a favorite of many forum members including mouser -- who even wrote a giant review of version 2 and its competition way back in 2005. Also ending is the discount on JungleDisk, a very cool program reviewed by DC Member Justice in June 2008.
The discounts only run for another 2 days so if you haven't taken advantage of the discounts you have to act fast. As always, we make no commissions from the sales but you do have to be a supporting or honorary member of the site (remember that you can become a supporting member with a donation of any amount).
Copies of both applications were also featured in this month's giveaway. See the link below to read about the winners and thanks to DC Member Carl Thorpe for arranging the discounts and giveaway.
- August 2008 Giveaway Results
- August 2008 Discount Announcement
- Beyond Compare 2 Mega-review
- Beyond Compare 3 Forum Discussion
- JungleDisk Mini-review
- Donate to become a supporting member of DC
3. Your Participation Requested:
We'd like to welcome everyone who's joined over the past couple of weeks. If you're new here and haven't yet joined in any of the conversations, don't be shy! Below are a couple of conversations that we'd love to have your participation in.
- What do you do during your free time?
- Show us the View Outside Your Window
- Help us pick some new SMF mods to install on the forum
4. Help and Advice Wanted:
If you're trying to make a decision about anything software or hardware related, the DC forum is a great place to turn. A quick search of the forum might provide you with an answer - if it doesn't post, your question - there's always someone who will drop by to give you a hand!
- PC Upgrade - A few questions
- Opinions on Netflix?
- What is a mouser? What does it mean to mouser someone?
- Trialpay -- Any Opinions?
- How to achieve High Resolution for Text Reading?
- Using 2 mice - can I have different settings for each?
- Request for suggestions: Group Bookmarking Tool
5. Fun And Games
There's more to DC than coding and the serious discussion of hardware and software. Check out the links below for some lighter fare - everything from games to funny video clips.
- Honesty: The Web Video Comedy Series
- Teh best Flash gaem EVAR!! Pure silliness
- Flash Game of the Weekend: BoomBot - Funny and Fun
- Chromatic Puzzle (free game)
- What May Happen in the Next 100 Years (Predictions from 1901)
- Tower Defense Flash Game of the Week: Attack of the Furries
- Hands on A Hard Body Documentary: Full Length on Google Video
- Interview With MIT Subway Hacker
6. The Weird Wide Web
Donationcoders are a generous lot, always ready to share their latest discoveries from the far flung corners of the web. Here are some highlights (in case you missed them!):
- The 5 Most Significant Online Property Search Websites - Parts 1 through 5
- Take That Stupid Printer -- Stop Tricking Me Into Wasting Ink!
- Codex Transportica - recognition at InspirationBit.com
- Refresher GOE post, sort of
- Elite Freeware: Great Software Blog
- The Great Software List.. For Linux
7. General Software Discussion
Of course, software is a big part of DC and discussions about various applications and classes of software dominate the boards. Here are some recent postings of interest:
- In search of ideal backup utility
- Name The Best UNZIPPER!
- Mailing label software
- Desktops V1.0 - a virtual desktop manager from Sysinternals
- Delphi 2009 (And C++ Builder 2009) Released
- Mozilla Ubiquity Prototype
- Firefox Tweak Guide -- Is there a way to customize keyboard shortcuts?
8. Mini-Reviews by Members
We LOVE to see reviews on DC. Take some inspiration from these reviews posted since the last newsletter. First up is Tom, who treats us to a mini-review of a vertical mouse - a beastie I had no idea existed until I read the review! New member Shook jumps right in with a mini-review of AudioSurf, a game that adjusts its speed and the play to whatever music you play through it. Thus it will appeal to everyone from "headbangers to Mozart fans", to quote Shook!
9. Coding Snacks and DC Software
This section of the newsletter highlights posts pulled from a number of boards that focus on software created by DC members. If you're new to DC, these boards are a great place to go if you're looking for something to enhance your workflow and you just can't find it. Post a clear and polite request and a DC member might just code it for you. Check out garbanzo's request for a customizable unicode character paster for an example.
- Script which popup browse dialog and generate shortcut
- Hotkey to toggle left/right mouse buttons
- Check file/folder similarity, rename file when similarity occurs
- IDEA: Customizable Unicode character paster
- Small utility for quick prototyping GridMove layouts
- FARR: Technical writer wanted for FARR Remember The Milk Plugin help file
- FARR: Plugins not loaded
10. Developer's Corner
The developer's Corner is more than you might think! Drop by and you'll find everything from in-depth discussions of programming languages to threads dealing with entrepreneurial issues. Despite what you might think, there probably IS something here for you.