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Author Topic: Super-sized Newsletter for April 2nd, 2018 - A Fundraiser to Celebrate 13 years  (Read 14361 times)

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Super-sized Special Newsletter for April 2nd, 2018
"Celebrating 13 years with a Fundraiser"




1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings all! It's been over a year since the last newsletter, and we've been super busy in that time -- so busy that this is going to be a super-sized newsletter, packed to the brim with news and links.

But first: I need to ask for your financial support and your non-financial encouragement.  It's been 3 years since our last fundraiser, and 13 years since the start of DonationCoder.com.  I hope we've earned your renewed support by continuing to release and update clean, quality software free of toolbars, ads, bundled software, or other unwanted junk, and by making our forum a friendly place where people can discuss technology issues and help one another.

This past year in particular we spent a *huge* amount of time completing a long-awaited major overhaul of our website along with a move to new hosting servers.  These changes will help us do what we do better and more securely, and help us update our content more regularly.  I hope you'll show us that you appreciate our hard work by making a donation during the fundraiser.  In section 4 below you'll find a new long article by me on the changes to the site, as well as a request for your input about new ideas for the site.

Our goal this April is to raise at least $4,800 to pay for the next year of hosting.  If we can raise substantially more we'll get a chance to pursue some exciting new projects -- like funding members on our forum to write regular columns about different areas of the tech landscape (software, hardware, open source, kickstarter, etc.).

The fundraiser is also our chance to say thanks to our supporters and newsletter subscribers, by organizing a massive software giveaway and month of discounts on popular 3rd party software (see section 3 below).

Lastly, if you haven't seen it already, don't miss the wrap-up of the new free software released as part of our NANY (New Apps for the New Year) 2018 event in January (see section 5 below) .

-Jesse (mouser)


2. The April 2018 Fundraiser Begins

We need your support to help the DonationCoder website thrive.  This year, our 13th year of operation, we're proud to announce a whole bunch of improvements to the site, and a major upgrade to our servers that will ensure we can keep on making and sharing our free software.  Our hosting costs have gone up slightly, to $4,800 a year, and our goal is to raise at least that much during our April fundraiser.  We'd love to be able to raise more and add even more features to the website.  Will you put a few dollars towards letting us know you appreciate what we do, and letting us know what you'd like to see more of?



3. Fundraiser Bonus - Software Giveaway and Discounts

As part of our fundraiser celebration, a couple of forum members (cranioscopical and wraith808) have rounded-up a whole bunch of companies willing to donate software for us to give away and provide discounts for our members.  The discount codes are valid through our fundraising month of April 2018 only, and are available to everyone who is on our mailing list.  The giveaway is open to everyone, but all prizes will first go to people who have donated to our site.  Deadline for entry to the giveaway drawing is April 9th.  We may update the list of software as the fundraiser goes on, but current discounts and giveaways include:  AtomicScribbler, Bvckup2, Beyond Compare, CintaNotes, TechSmith's Camtasia, DisplayFusion, DoogiePim, Help+Manual, HD Sentinel, JAlbum, Macrium Reflect, Softmaker, SmartEdit, RitLabs TheBat, Website Watcher, IDM's UltraEdit, VueMinder, ZeusEdit, The Journal 7, Zentimo, VMWare, Terragen, Write!, Writer's Cafe, ProWritingAid, Jutoh, and others.



4. Major Site and Server Upgrades

It's been 5 years in the making -- a huge upgrade of the DonationCoder website and servers.  We've completely redone our entire website, changed the way free license keys work, and even moved to a new hosting company with much more powerful servers.



5. NANY 2018 - New Apps for the New Year

For the last 10+ years on the DonationCoder.com site we run a friendly event called "NANY" (New Apps for the New Year), where we invite forum visitors to help us celebrate the new year by releasing a new freeware program on the first day of the new year.  We typically get a variety of entries -- some are genuinely useful tools designed to be shared widely, and some are programming exercises for new users.  All participants receive a free deluxe DonationCoder NANY Mug, and we may have some additional prizes donated by members.   The 2018 entries are in and we've posted a long wrap-up describing them.  I've also linked to the 2017 entries from last year in case you missed them.



6. User-to-User: Your Input Requested

We love nothing more than having interesting discussions on our forum -- and we love when new people participate in the discussions.  In each newsletter we try to highlight a few topics that we think might interest casual readers and that are good candidates for making your first post.



7. Mouser's Software Updates

I've uploaded some updates to many of my large applications since the last newsletter.  As always, you can find the list of what's new both in the online help pages (linked from each program homepage) or in the forum thread about the application (also linked from each program homepage).  I'm particularly excited about my codenames play-on-paper printable open source word game -- I hope more people get a chance to try it.



8. Skwire Empire Software Updates and New Releases

DC member skwire is one of the more prolific coders of utilities on our site -- he roams the coding snack request section and pounces like a jaguar when he finds something that catches his eye.  He's released a ton of updates to his software since the last newsletter, including some updates and a few brand new releases:



9. Member Coding Projects

We love to keep up with projects that our members are working on, and hearing what our forum members think of software they use.  If you're working on something interesting -- let us know!



10. Member Mini-reviews

Here are some recent short reviews that members have posted on our forum.



11. Website Discoveries, Debates, Essays, and Discussions

What's new in cyberspace? What exciting new sites have been discovered by forum members?  What's the current hot topic and debate? Read on to find out.



12. Fun, Humor, and Entertainment

Like everyone else, we love sharing amusing and funny things they find on the web.. We are no exception, though our tastes may be somewhat unusual.



13. Software Discussions

Some noteworthy software discussions on the forum since the last newsletter.



14. Mouser's Software Discussions

Here are some discussion threads about Mouser's software that might be of interest.



15. Developer's Corner

This section highlights some discussions that might be relevant for not just coders and developers, but also people interested in entrepreneurial issues.


« Last Edit: April 02, 2018, 08:13 AM by mouser »

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I need to say that the amazing number of discounts and giveaways that have been lined up for April would not have happened if not for the tireless work of DC member cranioscopical.
He did an incredible job.  And also DC member wraith808.  They both spent a lot of time on this and deserve a huge thanks from all of us.

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Very impressive !!
I'm looking forward to checking out the discounts / giveaways :up:

Had a query about donating credits already in my dc account (whether they will count towards the total if I donate them to the site) but see you locked the thread: Fundraiser 2018 Discounts and Giveaways Discussion Thread (that must have been by mistake?)
Tom

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I have unlocked that topic; though that thread is for discussing the discounts.
I will make a new thread for discussing the fundraiser in general:
http://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=45305

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 Thanks mouser and everybody :up: :up:

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Great to see DC is still alive and kicking. Unfortunately, I have not been able to come to the site often as I have started studying again in late 2016, besides working in a full-time job (crazy, I know!). However, I am sure you guys will still be around when I graduate in a year :D.

I am happy to make my contribution though (just donated). I wish DC all the best for the next 13 years!.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2018, 01:44 PM by phitsc »

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Heads up, there are only 3 days left to enter the giveaway drawing!

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Got another copy of this Newsletter about two hours ago (?)
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Got another copy of this Newsletter about two hours ago (?)

Same here.

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Interesting. It seems I never got it the first time around.

Either that or I deleted it and forgot about it. But that would be out of the ordinary for me; I usually archive those kinds of emails.

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Interesting. It seems I never got it the first time around.

Either that or I deleted it and forgot about it. But that would be out of the ordinary for me; I usually archive those kinds of emails.

Same - I got the one from earlier today, but no other earlier in the month.

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Hi DC,
I am happy to oblige.  I hope in not to late.  AzWiz

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You're right on time  :up:

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