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Super-sized Newsletter for December 3rd, 2018 - Codename: Wedding Feathers

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BREAKING NEWS JAN 6, 2018 - Results of our Annual NANY (New Apps for the New Year) 2019 event are now posted: see here.

Super-sized Newsletter for December 3rd, 2018"Codename: Wedding Feathers"

1. Newsletter Editorial

Hello and welcome to another edition of the DonationCoder newsletter! I'd like to briefly mention a few things before we get to the normal round-up of interesting posts on the forum.

First things first, I want to thank everyone for making our 2018 fundraiser, held in April and celebrating 13 years online, such a big success.  It's been a few years since we had a fundraiser, and I wasn't sure how it would go. In the end, we received over $13k in small donations from everyday users.  It was gratifying and humbling to see our hard work in building the new website honored with such generosity.  It made all the work feel worthwhile.  Thank you all, for not just your financial donations, but more importantly for your enthusiastic encouragement for the site and our non-traditional approach to things.  (If you missed the fundraiser, we would still appreciate your support -- just click the Donate button at the top of our web pages).

Second, I want to call your attention to the 11th annual NANY event on the site, and let you know about its upcoming deadline of January 1st to participate.  NANY stands for New Apps for the New Year, and it's where we invite coders who hang out on the site to release a new freeware application by the first day of the new year.  So if you are a coder, even just a beginner, you might consider taking the opportunity to participate.  There's nothing to win or lose, you just get a nice free mug for participating.  Even if you're not a coder, stop by the NANY 2019 section and try out some of the early releases and suggest ideas for last minute entries, and cheer on the coders who are participating.

Third, on a personal note, I got married since the last newsletter!  Thank you all for your good wishes and thoughts. I am by nature a very private person, but I wanted to share the experience with my extended family here, and I'm glad I did.  I even posted a couple of photos (see below).

Last, I wanted to give a special shout-out to a coder nicknamed "KodeZwerg" who has been programming up a storm on the Coding Snacks section of the forum lately.  His enthusiasm is contagious, and he's even been hanging out in the DonationCoder IRC chat room and making the place a bit more lively this holiday season.  So if you have an idea for a small program you'd like to see created, now might be a good time to visit the Coding Snacks section of the forum and make a request.  And if you find yourself bored at 2am just choose the Chat option from the Help menu on the website and join the late night crew for some meandering chit chat.

Signing off from Champaign, Illinois, USA,
-Jesse (mouser)

* Results of the 2018 fundraiser
* NANY 2019 Announcement
* I'm getting married, wish me luck!
* Kodezwerg, a new forum member, stops by to say hello

2. NANY 2019 - New Apps for the New Year - LESS THAN A MONTH LEFT TO PARTICIPATE

For the last 11 years on the 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.

If you are a coder you now have less than a month until the January 1, 2019 deadline to enter!

* NANY 2019 Announcement
* Browse the NANY 2019 early submissions and suggest ideas

3. Mouser's Software Updates and Discussions

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've also released some new android apps and a bunch of miscellaneous updates.

* Screenshot Captor v4.31.1
* LaunchBar Commander v1.154
* MiniCap v1.40.01
* Automatic Screenshotter v1.09.1
* Fasting Schedule (Android app)
* NANY 2019 - Windows App - Process Watcher
* NANY 2019 - RegexCaptor - Simple app to extract email addresses or other patterns from text
* Checklist DC (Android app)
* ScoreTracker DC (Android app)
* Point Motivator (Android app)
* Streak Tracker (Android app)
* Rating List DC (Android app)
* Updating my Android Apps
* New minor feature I will be adding to my apps on future releases
* How to hide automatic screenshotter?
* Screenshot Captor v4.29.0 - turn off explorer window after save?
* URLSnooper can't sniff wirelessly on Windows 10?
* Fail installing WinPCap on windows 10 64 fixed writing to system/etc.
* Send call commands to skype with FARR... skype:+1555-555-5555?call

4. Member 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!  And don't forget to check out the NANY section above, it's got tons of new software releases by members.

* Skwire App Update: MPCPLed - v1.0.2 - 2018-10-11
* Skwire App Update: Spews - v1.1.2 - 2018-07-06
* Skwire App Update: sWeather - v1.7.5 - 2018-04-30
* Square Root Formula Visualizer: Walk like the Babylonians
* FizzBuzz Quiz
* Notepad logging for (Vim and) GNU Emacs
* GDPR Blocking (PHP Edition)
* OEmbed support for the ElkArte forum software
* The Decision Sieve (first attempt)
* BigTimer
* Working on a DCTCG and found this resource
* Mini review: The Journal
* BazQux Reader - Mini-Review
* Mini review: The Acme editor on Debian on Windows

5. 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.

* Happy Thanksgiving to DonationCoder folks - 2018
* Fundraiser 2018 Money - Help Decide Where it Goes
* Game giveaway -- anything you want?
* New SSd in an aging PC?
* Gizmo's TechSupportAlert website needs our help
* Thanks for the DC Credits - 3D Printer purchased
* Public thanks to the person from Belarus who sent me a postcard
* Windows 7 update stuck on constant "need to restart" - end of my tether
* Samsung SSD 860 EVO woes - workaround

6. Coding Snacks

The Coding Snacks Section is where people can request small utilities be coded while they wait.

* DONE: Create Folder, Give It Name: Current Date and Time
* SOLVED: Zip set archive time to latest file
* DONE: clean the marked text
* DONE: Append/Concatenate/Merge text files, but prepend filenames
* Files 2 Folder - Unable to read text - too small on 4k tv
* SOLVED: Quick PowerShell Question
* DONE: Tally folder contents by file date
* SOLVED: Tool to calculate file hashes and rename files according to those hashes
* DONE: In sub-folders, delete all files except the largest

7. Website Discoveries, Debates, Essays, Discussions, and Humor

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.

* Energy cost of mining crypto more than the cost of mining precious metals
* Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel That Can Store The Sun's Energy For Up to 18 Year
* Old School 'Sniffing' Attacks Can Still Reveal Your Browsing History
* Google finds Vulnerability in G+ API. Sunsets G+ in response.
* The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
* An article on the slow death of Google by Lauren Weisman
* "If you don't steal [from the commons] you are stealing from your family".
* DonationCoder website under ddos attack this morning
* Do Not Buy a Smartwatch Right Now
* Photography and Camera Related
* Dawn of the Microcomputer: The Altair 8800
* "How to keep going"

8. Fun, Humor, and Entertainment

Some entertaining diversions.

* World Chase Tag - The Game of Tag as a Sport
* Nice round up of recent new essays on computer gaming
* 4-2: The History of Super Mario Brothers Most Infamous Level
* Mini-documentary about tricking using loopholes in Mario Kart's video game
* A Spectre is Haunting Unicode
* Story of a failed attempt to invent a smartphone in the 1990s
* Funny Video: Multiplayer Flight Simulator Air Traffic Control Job
* Simone Giertz, Building bad robots, making videos, and coping with a brain tumor
* The quest for a completely silent PC

9. Software Discussions

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

* DonationCoder featured on list of "9 Safest Free Software Download Sites"
* Et Tu, CCleaner! (recommendation to avoid latest version)
* Extract REGEX matches from multiple text files
* Autodesk Sketchbook is now free
* Interesting Software (RainWallpaper)
* Microsoft to buy GitHub in $7.5B all-stock deal
* QGIS - A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System
* Geotagging your photos? gps4cam and other tools?
* eff says immediately disable or uninstall tools that auto decrypt PGP email
* Unstoppable Copier -- freeware that saved my bacon
* Hating on AVG antivirus/firewall (internet security)

10. 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.

* Crazy bug in mod_rewrite for latest Apache 2.4.37
* A little about the Lua scripting language
* irccloud-desktop source code patching and compiling request if possible
* Inform: Past, Present, Future - Story of a Text Adventure Game Engine
* Story of the development of the famous Goldeneye 007 videogame
* OSNews on the Mobile App Store Model
* Delphi for free? YES!! Delphi Community Edition is out!
* Interesting article discussing how C on modern architectures is convoluted
* 3d Printing: Influence of color, printing speed, temperature, age
* Fake reviews are now a firmly entrenched business model
* Working with time on computers

So if you have an idea for a small program you'd like to see coded, now might be a good time to visit the Coding Snacks section of the forum and make a request.  And if you find yourself bored at 2am just choose the Chat option from the Help menu on the website and join the late night crew for some meandering chit chat.
-mouser (December 03, 2018, 01:29 PM)
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Thanks for the flowers and I highly second that, true  :-* :-* :-*

Great Newsletter  :Thmbsup:, thats my todays bedtime story  :P

Gmail marking it as spam  :down:


Gmail marking it as spam  :down:
-rgdot (December 03, 2018, 07:04 PM)
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GMail account here - not marked as spam.


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