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Newsletter for October 8th, 2006 - Codename 'Fall Fun'
« on: October 08, 2006, 02:39 PM »
Newsletter for October 8th, 2006
"Fall Fun"

"If you read nothing else on our site, get glasses!"

A Brief Word from the Site Admin
I want to express my deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone who decided to make a donation during our September Fundraiser - it was a big success.  As you know, we rely on your donations to run the site.  In addition to the substantial server hosting costs, which run about $300 a month, managing the site is an almost full time job, and your donations make it possible for us to devote the time to it that it deserves.  Thank you!

Many of you also asked us to put up a page describing the philosophy of the website and plans for the future. We're happy to unveil it here.

- Jesse Reichler (mouser)

1. Software Updates
We've got a whole bunch of updates available in the last few weeks.

2. October Discounts and Giveaway
October brings another amazing month of discounts for members, including some that we all know and love, like Beyond Compare (an incredible file/folder comparison tool that we recommended in a past review) and Offline Explorer from MetaProducts which has won high praise from several members of our forum..

>>> **IMPORTANT** - The software giveaway this month will end on October 15th! <<<
So make sure you submit your entry to win before then!  (the discounts will continue to run throughout all of October).

3. Software Discussion
Tons of great software discussion in the last couple of weeks.

4. Website Discoveries and Discussions
There are always new website services popping up every day, and lots of debate about the future direction of the web.

5. Flash Games of the Day
KenR on our forum has been busy posting us a new (usually) great flash game every day, to help relieve some stress during work.  Take a look at some of these great new discoveries:

6. Fun Stuff on the Web
We like to mix work with some laughs, and in today's newsletter you'll find plenty to make you giggle.

7. Hardware and Security
What's new in hardware and security? Not too much this month.

8. DonationCoder.com Site Features
What's new on the website?

9. Reviews, Mini-Reviews, and How-to Guides
Members share their views with each other.

10. Coding snacks
Skrommel's on vacation, but there's still activity on the Coding Snacks section of the forum.

11. Developer's Corner
Some interesting reading for coders in the last few weeks, and some new contests.  And if you're interested in the flash game contest, check out our self-teaching programming school for some inspiration.

12. The Great GOE (Getting Organized Experiment) of 2006 (GTD)
We are now on week 6 of the Getting Organized Experiment (GOE), and everyone seems to be learning a lot.  If you haven't started yet, make a mad dash to the section and catch up as soon as you can.  For those of you hard core members, drop by for your latest assignment.

13. Website of the Month
  • Our website of the month in October is Read/WriteWeb, a very well-written technology blog that has posted some lengthy essays comparing web2.0 sites, as well as some excellent opinionated commentary on the businesses end of these websites. A reliably informative and professional site which still manages to be fun to read.

thanks to jgpaiva for help preparing this newsletter
« Last Edit: October 22, 2006, 04:53 AM by mouser »


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Re: --> Newsletter for October 8th, 2006 - Codename 'Fall Fun'
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 03:01 PM »
Once again...another great newsletter.  :Thmbsup:


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Re: --> Newsletter for October 8th, 2006 - Codename 'Fall Fun'
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 05:22 PM »
When I read your first few sentences above I thought you were saying that you only raised $300 during September.  I was beginning to think I was a major contributor % wise.

Great newsletter, shows how much is going on in the site.  Just think 40,000 members in 18 months.  Amazing.



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Re: --> Newsletter for October 8th, 2006 - Codename 'Fall Fun'
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2006, 09:06 AM »
The fundraiser raised a few thousand dollars.

From the new About Us page:

Since its founding in 2005, the site has grown steadily and as of October 2006 has over 39,000 registered members from around the world. Of course it's free to sign up at our site, and only a small fraction of these people (about 1,800) have gone the extra mile and made a donation. Becoming a donating member has lots of additional benefits so we hope you'll consider becoming one of our supporters.