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Paul Graham's Essays - "What Business Can Learn from Open Source" and more

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From "What Business Can Learn from Open Source" (http://www.paulgraha....com/opensource.html)
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The third big lesson we can learn from open source and blogging is that ideas can bubble up from the bottom, instead of flowing down from the top. Open source and blogging both work bottom-up: people make what they want, and the best stuff prevails.

Does this sound familiar? It's the principle of a market economy. Ironically, though open source and blogs are done for free, those worlds resemble market economies, while most companies, for all their talk about the value of free markets, are run internally like communist states.

There are two forces that together steer design: ideas about what to do next, and the enforcement of quality. In the channel era, both flowed down from the top. For example, newspaper editors assigned stories to reporters, then edited what they wrote.

Open source and blogging show us things don't have to work that way. Ideas and even the enforcement of quality can flow bottom-up. And in both cases the results are not merely acceptable, but better. For example, open source software is more reliable precisely because it's open source; anyone can find mistakes.
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Paul Graham wrote a book called "Hackers and Painters" (http://www.paulgraham.com/hackpaint.html)
he publishes interesting essays online that might be worth a read.

Tools for double-click phobia: Bump-n-Run

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'Bump-n-Run' puts a thin line, 1 pixel wide down the top left edge of the screen. You dont have to be very accurate with this
- Simply 'bump' a icon into the top left edge of the screen and away she goes.
- drag a file in windows explorer, bump left edge and the file will execute.
and a bonus
- bump mouse agaist left edge, and a button menu of last eight 'Bump-n-Run' is shown,in history order, allowing quick 1 click access.

Bump-n-Run.exe 
Bump-n-Run v1b.ahk

Forum reader DanD asked this question on our forum recently:

My attempts to double-click on an icon don't always work -- my hand may move too much, or the clicks are too far apart, or I actually only clicked once after all. But I never have problems dragging an icon and dropping it.  It would be nice to have an "Open" or "Run" icon on my desktop so that I can open documents or run applications just by dragging their icons and dropping them on the "Open" or "Run" icon.

This post shows how fun donationcoder can be - three different solutions to the problem were implemented using small ahk scripts, including one by skrommel that did exactly what Dan asked for, and then this one by db which works a little differently..

See other solutions in the full thread here...


Anyone know any good free font sites?

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I am wondering what sites people are aware of where I could get nice free fonts. Any/all suggestions would be appreciated..

Don't read this post unless you have a few spare days to spend downloading fonts..

Click to read all the free font sites suggested..


Cartoon: Maladies of the Information Age



"Scraping" text from the screen using OCR methods?

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What tools are there that can scrape text from various programs on your screen and make it available in plain text form for subsequent modification?

Learn about several programs suggested by readers on the forum.

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..


Best Of Blog - An Exciting New Feature at DonationCoder.com

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Announcing the DonationCoder.com Best Of Blog

I had the idea for this feature almost a year ago, but only just recently bit the bullet and implemented it.

It's basically a blog-like view into the "best" posts on the forum at any given time.

In some sense, it turns the forum into a kind of digg-like cauldron, where the most notable posts can be recognized and promoted to the Best Of Blog page and presented for more casual viewing, in a form similar to lifehacker.  Clicking on an entry brings you into the forum discussion of that post where the reader can join in on the discussion.

This post on our forum describes the basic ideas behind this new Best of Blog page.

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..


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