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General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: March 29, 2011, 10:02 PM »
So much has already been mentioned.  So one I haven't seen yet.

Screebl - Saves a ton on battery life

Earlier someone suggested finding a method of using some of the funds obtained in this fundraiser to bring in new members or what has changed etc.  Regardless of the validity or tactful nature of his comment, I do have one possible suggestion.

I found this forum when I was searching for a replacement for Launchy.  Through a Google Search and some poking a I found Find and Run Robot.  A great piece of software that I love, and immediately I became a supporter of this site.  Perhaps if we compile a list of some of the more prominent or popular applications, by downloads, voting or whatever metric is determined to be appropriate, and buy a some adwords or other advertising for the chosen software.  You could have it point to landing pages not only geared toward getting them the software in easy and uncluttered manner, but also exhort the benefits of DonationCoder and the micro-transaction model the site runs on.

I personally thought the idea of self-micro-financed software/forum site to be one of the main drivers to getting my wallet out of my pocket.  The signal-to-noise ratio of this forum is absolutely fantastic.  This gives the opportunity to not only get them using the software, but also to become aware of the community behind the product.  A lot of the software on this site is geared to those who are computer literate.  Those individuals I believe will be enticed by the mission statement of the site, as I was, when you get their attention.

Thank you

Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad
« on: March 23, 2011, 01:45 PM »
I bought a Nook Color and rooted it.  It can become an awesome tablet that only costs $200.  Sure it is not as full featured as the Samsung or Xoom, but it is also 400 dollars cheaper.  Also, you retain all of the nook capabilities for your library, shopping.  I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms etc, so it provides a nice middle form factor between my phone and laptop for passing the time.  Sometimes carrying a laptop and the associated accessories can be cumbersome and the phone is a bit small for large amounts of reading.

It does have a couple rough corners since the Nook Color has only been out a few months.  But there is a very active community constantly improving the rooted ROM's abilities and stability.  For instance, the Nook Color has bluetooth abilities in hardware, but were turned off in software.  The modding community has found a way to activate it and provide bluetooth support.  This now allows the nook color to do SIP calls over wifi.

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Windows Search 0.1.0
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:29 PM »
Thank you for the plugin.  What an immensely useful addition to FARR

I feel like I am at an AA meeting.
Hi my name is Ron, and I am a geek.  (murmur of hi Ron can be heard)

Seriously though, I am 33 and live in Arizona.  I have been architecting, building, supporting or testing software for about 15 years.  I currently work from home full time for a large financial technology company and spend my free time being a dad.  For the past few years my work has been primarily focused on performance engineering of enterprise Java applications and testing of our software products.  

For the last year and a half I have been disabled while fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and am currently still in the thick of that battle.  One of the things this has allowed me to do is have a little time to perhaps rekindle the fire that brought me into programming in the first place.  And seeing the great signal-to-noise ratio of the forums and the impromptu style coding opportunities is kind of exciting.  Who knows, I may quickly learn how to take advantage of AHK more and throw together some fun and hopeful useful utilities.  Something to reverse my oft said phrase, "Nothing kills a hobby like making it your day job."

Thanks you for providing the forums and software that inspire a geek like me to break out a text editor again.


Update: Just noticed that I am reply # 666  wonder if that means anything. pU0gI.gif

Living Room / Re: Wikipedia Book Creator
« on: February 14, 2011, 12:27 AM »
Thank you for highlighting this feature.  I did not know about it, but am finding it very useful.

This find alone made registering today worth it.  Now to try out some software instead of just forums  :Thmbsup:

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