Newsletter for September 15th, 2006
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1. Podcast Show and DonationCoder.com Getting Organized Experiment (GOE)
We have a special treat to announce today in the newsletter. As you know we have recently begun a tour of Time Management and Productivity Frameworks on our forum. We are proud to announce today that our podcast radio show this month consists entirely of part one of an exclusive two part interview we conducted with David Allen, one of the most respected authors in the field of time management and productivity, and the author of "Getting Things Done" (part 2 will be broadcast next week).
And don't miss out on this week's Getting Organized Experiment assignment, where we learn about Mark "Do It Tomorrow" Forster's System.
- Listen to the David Allen interview now on our podcast radio show.
- Participate in the Getting Organized Experiment.
2. Borland C++ Builder Donationware Programming Contest Winners Announced and Available for Download!
We finally announced the winners of the competition, and we've made the winning programs available for you to download for free. They include a new programmer's IDE, some cool games and utilities, and some powerful text manipulation and database tools. The programs are all donationware, so if you like them, donate to the authors:
3. Massive September Discounts and Giveaways
To celebrate our September fundraiser and our 2nd year of operations, we're featuring discounts and giveaways of a massive collection of some of the best shareware available anywhere.
Many thanks to all of the companies who donated software for us to give away, and who provided very generous discounts for all of our members, including:
- MainType, WebSite Watcher, Genie-Soft Backup Manager Pro, Surfulater, TechSmith Camtasia, TheBat! Pro, FontCreator Pro, XYplorer, UltraEdit, Help & Manual, Zoom Player Pro, EssentialPIM Pro, CD Bank Cataloguer, TextPipe Pro, Font Expert 2006, Power Archiver, DHTMLMenu, SlySoft AnyDVD, Guitar and Drum Trainer, Collectorz Triple Bundle With BarCode Scanner.
- DonationCoder.com Collector's Mug, Rare Handmade Cody Mascot Figurine, DonationCoder CafePress Item of Choice.
4. Software Updates and Releases
Forum member doublebogey has been dazzling us with some great AHK script work, plus the normal scoundrels have some big updates for us:
- Screenshot Captor - major update with new quick popup option
- GridMove - jgpaiva's desktop window manage (featured on lifehacker)
- Mobysaurus Thesaurus - the voraciously wordy thesaurus
- fSekrit - encrypted self-contained notes
- Random MixTape Maker - one of the winners of the C++ Builder contest
- The Form Letter Machine - minor update
- TitleLog - doublebogey's coding snack to track time usage
- CPUlight - doublebogey's coding snack to run programs on low cpu usage
- DialogMove - JGPaiva's dialog helper tool
5. DonationCoder.com Shootout Reviews and Editorials
It's been a while since we brought you some big shootout reviews, but all of that is going to be changing. We start off with the first of several planned reviews of Note Taking software, and an editorial on problems with Digg.com. Stay tuned next time for a comprehensive shootout review of icon editors.
- Read and discuss: SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup #1
- Read and discuss: Mouser's editorial essay, "How Digg Gets Everything Backwards.. And How to Fix It"
6. New Mini-Reviews by Members
The mini-review section of our forum is seeing some real activity lately. Got a program you love that people need to know about? Post a mini-review.
- Disclib - a cd cataloging tool
- AceText - and other clipboard/text Managers
- SpaceMonger - beautiful display of drive usage
- CodeProject ToDo List - nice free programmer-centric todolist
- Windows Live Writer
- See all of these and more on our new mini-review blog here: http://minireviews.donationcoder.com
7. A Special Offer for September Donators - Last Chance for a Lifetime Deluxe Membership!
Some very significant changes are coming after September's fundraiser, and this is your last chance to take advantage of our lifetime universal license offer:
- Throughout September, a one-time donation of any amount will grant you a non-expiring license for all current and future software developed on our site. Everyone who has donated prior to October 1st, 2006 will automatically be upgraded to this Deluxe status on October 1st.
- After October 1st, this will change. In an effort to encourage donations directly to individual authors, after October 1st you will have to designate some donation credits (an amount of your choosing) explicitly to each author whose software you want, or else make a substantial sized donation to an author and site fund (perhaps $60) to get Deluxe status.
- In addition, every donation made in September will be credited back 100% in the form of DonationCredits (instead of the normal 50%). This means that you will get back your entire donation in the form of credits which you can give out to individual authors on the site (or to the site fund) exactly as you see fit. While we humbly request that you choose to allocate some of your credits to the site fund, it is entirely up to you.
If you've already donated to us in the past, THANK YOU! You are already entitled to all of these benefits (of course we always welcome additional donations).
If you haven't donated yet, isn't now the time to consider whether a small donation wouldn't be good for you and good for us?
How much should I contribute?
We know it's not easy to figure out how much you should contribute to a site like ours. Think about what you spend on software over the course of a year, and then ask yourself if it might be worth a contribution of maybe $50, not for what we've already created, but for the new software that your contribution will help us create in the upcoming year. Software that you will benefit from. If you're still unsure, check out our Scientifically Proven Optimal Donation Amount Chart for some additional guidance. We accept donations in any form (PayPal, credit cards, shareware services, money orders, checks, rare gems, hand-drawn art, etc.).
If you can't afford to make a financial donation - there are tons of other ways you can help us: Tell your friends about our site and software; leave comments on download sites about your favorite programs of ours, submit bug reports, write a review, help out other members on the forum, etc.
NOTE: This special offer ends when the fundraiser ends. So this is your *LAST CHANCE* to become a supporter of the site with these benefits.
8. General Software Discussion
Lots of great software discussion on the forum in the last two weeks:
- Need Virtual Desktop software recommendations
- ZIP 2 Secure EXE - Freeware
- PadGen: Pad file generator
- Create animated gifs
- Guitar Hero Clones for Your PC
- Houseforge recommendation September 2006
- Ninotech Free Context Menu Tools
- Fantastic WiFi monitor (and other freeware)
- Help: Explorer crashes while opning dirs with big files
- Spirex - Spirograph Inspired ScreenSaver
- Any webserver-desktop-logfile-analysis-Software recommendations?
- Gobby: A Collaborative Text Editor
- Capivara: an ftp/sftp synchronization tool
- bCheck: a site of several useful freeware applications
- Live Documents - Web enabling Microsoft Office
- Subsonic: Free,web-based personal media streamer/server
- Looking for a utility to safely remove duplicate contacts from Microsoft Outlook
- Data recovery software suggestions?
- Update to Text Editor Review: EmEditor Author Comments
- "Book maker" program-compiles documents to print in book form?
- Text editor with good spell checker?
- Simple quick'n'dirty alarm?
- IntelliAdmin.com - A site of nice freeware and windows tips
- Review Editors Wanted
9. Web Discoveries, Debates, and Articles
What's worth reading on the web? With so much information out there it can be hard to know. Here are some recent discoveries we're talking about on the forum.
- Article: How Much System Memory Is Really Enough?
- Is Cybersex Cheating?
- Money tips for Students â€” much needed advice!
- 13 Things that do not make sense
- The Museum of Unworkable Devices
- Asperger's Syndrome/Sci-fi connection?
- What we believe but can not prove
- Very cool story about an elaborate "virtual heist" in a multiplayer online game
- Article: Dual-Core CPU Buyer's Guide
- Health Hacks Podcast
- Think you are safe? Bumbkeys and lock picking
- A List Of Fallacious Arguments
- Slashfood: Cool Website for Food Lovers
- Typetester: Compare fonts for the screen
- How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
- Do you have a blog yet? Introducing "Vox"
- Answerbag - a site of questions and answers
- What slows Windows down? See for yourself....
- Soople - Google Searches Made Handy
- Prediction: Google will Become Stumbleupon
- SmartPox.com: linking the online world to the offline one
- Great tips for doing a good podcast
- Dana Hanna (Software Jedi) plans to write 30 programs in 30 days
- CreatingMinds - Great creativity excercises
10. Fun and Games
Who ever said not to mix business with pleasure? That's all we do here!
- Wonderful Mini Robot Wrestling Video
- Hyper Sphere - Excellent Flash Action Puzzler
- Science's 10 Most Beautiful Physics Experiments
- Learn how to park with this fun flash game
- N-Game flash platformer
- Flash Game: Fulltime Killer
- Projection clocks and Weather equipment from Oregon Scientific
- STICKMAN SAM 4: Fantastically Good Flash Platform Game
- Best Portable Computer Ever - funny video
- Flash Game: Plastic Balls
- Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century (so far)
- Use Says-It.com to make your own personalized images
- Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars
- Planet Perplex: Art for the mind
- Warthog Launch - another fun flash game
- Once Upon a Forest - A Web Art Site
- BowMaster, Cool Flash Game
- Flash Game: Deal or No Deal
- website: Cute Overload will make your head explode
- StagNight: The Boyscout Slayer - a funny violent Flash Action Game
- Article: The Dial-Up BBS Revisited - Log In to The Past
11. Developer's Corner
Our site isn't just for coders, but we like to keep up with the latest issues in software engineering and web development.
- WANTED: PHP CODER (other languages possible) TO BUILD A CMS-LIKE REVIEW SYSTEM
- Don't get screwed by C
- Freebie: DevForce Express
- Phperl: All In One Php/MySql Easy Local Webserver
- Pligg.com - An Open Source CMS for Creating Digg-like Sites
- Jeff Atwood Blog: Has Joel Spolsky Jumped the Shark?
- Thesis on Balance (Flow) In Game Design
- Well written article about "Ruby vs Python"
- Win/IIS to LAMP Converts
- Economics of virtual communities
- WikiPatents - Community Patent Review Website
- Social Bookmarks for Developers
12. Site of the Month
Our site of the month for September 2006 is one of the original sites focusing on time management for geeks:
Did you know that our site is entirely funded by voluntary donations from people just like you?
Take advantage of the special offers for contributors during our September 2006 fundraiser:
Take advantage of the special offers for contributors during our September 2006 fundraiser: