Newsletter for April 20th, 2009
Codename "Springtime Prelude"
1. Newsletter Editorial
Greetings all, and welcome to another edition of the DonationCoder.com newsletter.
First and foremost, it's time to say thank you to everyone who helped make our 4th anniversary fundraiser in March such a great success. We raised over $13,000 dollars thanks to the generous contributions from both new and long-time members. That's enough money to pay for our web hosting costs and server administration for the next two years -- Yay!
We also wrapped up our first public survey and we've posted the results online for everyone to read.. Learn what your fellow readers think about the site and our software, and what we should concentrate on in the future.
So on behalf of everyone at the site, let me again say "Thank You." Starting with this newsletter, we shall now return to normal, non-fundraising mode..
2. Your Participation Requested
No matter what your level of computer knowledge, or how long you've been a DC member, we'd love to have you participate on the forum. See the links below for some good places to jump in and make your first post.
- Is your online life in your will? (Backups, passwords, etc.)
- Should I switch from xp to vista?
- Recommend to me the BEST USB stick to get
- The need to unplug and recharge is upon me?
- A DC Job Board?
3. DC Site and Forum Stuff
One thing that makes it fun to hang out at the forum is that we're always hearing ideas for new features to make it a better place. We may not have time to implement every idea, but we try to stay busy!
- Find and Run Robot 2.55.01 Released
- DonationCoder.com Link Buttons and Userbars
- New DC Member Kit Stuff
- Request for help: graphic designer/writer to make an old-timey 2-page wackyness
- ReplyTo category added to forum bookmark system
4. Coding Snacks and Mini-reviews
The Coding Snacks Section is where people can request small utilities be coded while they wait. Since the last newsletter we've had quite a few new ones. And we've also got a new mini-review to add to the mix.
- Gothic's New Blog on Server Administration and a cool console-y wordpress theme
- Some DC forum-related Greasemonkey Scripts
- Mini-review: Total Commander 7.50 public beta 1
- Coding Snack: Desktop progress meter
- Coding Snack: Sort files into folders based on type
- Coding Snack: Text-less progress bar calculator
5. Software Discounts and Giveaways for April 2009
In April we have a discount on Macro Express Pro, and a chance to win a free copy of it, as well as some DC mugs to give away. But you'll have to act quickly because the giveaway ends on April 22nd, and the discount ends on April 30th.
6. Software Discussion
It's probably fair to say that the majority of the discussions on DonationCoder.com are about computer software. Below are some noteworthy threads about software posted to DC since the last newsletter.
- Sort files within folder/subfolder for later burning on DVD
- MakeUseOf Blog: How To Set Up Remote Computer Access With Your Mobile Phone
- Uninstaller Roundup - Revo - Total - ZSoft & the less magnificent seven
- OS Re-install Tips?
- Using noscript to force https ssl links in firefox
- Sysinternals PageDefrag: Good, Bad?
7. Fun and Games
If you've read the newsletter up to this point, take a break and check out some of the lighter fare from the forum - humour, videos, and games..
- The 100 most iconic internet videos from urlesque
- Know Your Internet Meme
- Tweenbots: A Social Experiment with Human-dependent Robots
- Moar lightsabers plz
- The Dice Tower - Top 100 Board Games Ranked with Video Reviews
- crisis of credit visualized by Jonathan Jarvis
- *nix /usr - where it came from, why it's still there, and how to get rid of it.
8. Developer's Corner
If you're not a developer, don't be put off by the title of this section. There is likely something of interest to you on the Developer's Corner. It's more than just a forum for the discussion of software development, it's also where we discuss web design, entrepreneurial struggles, and general productivity issues. And it's great to see that the section has been pretty active over the last few months -- keep it up people!
- 101 High Quality CSS And XHTML Free Templates And Layouts
- Dr.Dobbs Silverlight Programming Game Challenge
- Website design recommendations for a small business site?
9. News You Can Use
DC Member Ehtyar has taken to producing wonderfully weekly summaries of important tech/computer/security news articles that he comes across on the web. A big hit on the forum. How is he able to keep up this pace and when will he collapse from exhaustion? We are all waiting to find out.