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Newsletter for December 22nd, 2009"NANY EVE"

1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings everyone, this is a brief but special edition of the DC newsletter, coming to you only two weeks after our last issue.  Today's edition will be the last one of 2009 and the last one before our NANY 2010 (New Apps for the New Year) event, which will take place on the site on January 1st.

The annual NANY event is when we invite, cajole, blackmail, bribe and generally beg all of the programmers who pass through the site to pledge to release a new piece of free software on January 1st.

This newsletter serves as the last call to all programmers within earshot to drop by the forum and pledge to participate in the event.  Remember, there are no winners, but everyone gets a prize -- a very handsome and unique DonationCoder mug commemorating the event.

If you're a long-time DC regular: We particularly *NEED* you to participate!  However, even if you've never posted to our forum before -- we'd love to see some new faces along with the regulars, and this is a perfect excuse for you to jump in and say 'hello'.

You'll find more information about NANY in the threads below, along with cool *NEW* photos of the awesome coffee mugs we'll be sending to participants, and some wonderful new Head-in-the-Clouds cartoon comics to celebrate the event.

Let's review the basic guidelines for participants here:

* Pledge that you are participating on our forum before the New Year -- post a teaser about what you plan to create.
* Release the application on or before 31st December 2009 (we'll be posting a roundup article about all the entries on Dec 31st).
* Any type of application is acceptable: Windows, Linux, Mac, Web, iPhone, Android, Script, Plugin, etc.
* It must be free (or donationware) for personal use.
* It needs to be something that hasn't been released publicly before November 2009 (updates to existing programs don't qualify).
* You keep all the rights to and control of your software, this is just an event to encourage coders to release new free tools.

2. NANY 2010 (New Apps for the New Year) Official Information

The NANY event is one of the very best things we do on the site.  If you know any coders, please give them a nudge and ask them to come by and give us a little bit of their time.  We know that sometimes it's hard for coders to come up with good ideas, so we started a special thread especially for people to post project ideas for others to consider coding.

* NANY 2010 - Latest Updates - with new Head-in-the-Clouds Comics!
* NANY 2010 - Early Press
* NANY 2010 - Prizes
* NANY 2010 - Instructions
* NANY 2010 - Pledge to Participate Here
* NANY 2010 - Program Idea Suggestion Thread
* NANY 2010 - Offers of Assistance
* NANY 2010 - Prize Graphics - with a cameo from my favorite web comic!
* NANY 2010 - Web Badges
* NANY 2009 - A Look Back

3. NANY 2010 (New Apps for the New Year) - Teasers and Early Releases

Even if you're not a coder, you may find something fun to check out in this list of early NANY releases and teasers.  Stop by and request some features or make some suggestions to the participating coders -- they need your feedback!

* NANY 2010 Teaser: "What's my share?"
* NANY 2010 PRE-RELEASE: Leap of Faith
* NANY 2010 Pre-Release: Twigatelle
* NANY 2010 TEASER: Artwinauto BlitzType
* NANY 2010 TEASER: DupFind
* NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch
* NANY 2010 RELEASE: FARR Plugin ProcessInfo
* NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
* NANY 2010 Release: ClipTrap
* NANY 2010 TEASER: Traitor
* NANY 2010 Teaser: SubDiv
* NANY 2010 Release: Create Dummy File
* NANY 2010 Teaser: Countdown
* NANY 2010 Release: Piggy Banks
* NANY 2010 Teaser: LittleRunner
* NANY 2010 Teaser: Crush MCP (Master Control Program)

4. Diversions and Discussions on the Web

What's new on the world wide web? What fun new sites have forum members discovered?  What's the current hot topic and debate? Let's find out..

* Best. Shop. Ever. - Mystery Box Experiment!
* Google's Eric Schmidt has a stupid moment on privacy
* A Stellar Advent Calendar
* How to get from Seattle Washington to Tokyo Japan by car
* Yet another 0-day pdf exploit in the wild
* Niflas releases "Saira" a new game like Knytt and Within a Deep Forest
* Infectious Greed: Dishwashers, and How Google Eats Its Own Tail
* How Success Killed Duke Nukem - A heartbreaking story of developer failure

5. Discounts and Giveaways

We've got some fun discounts and giveaway drawings in December, on a new notetaking application (AllMyNotes Pro) written by a nice indie developer, and on a heavy duty professional-grade background backup tool that some power users on our forum have been raving about (ShadowProtect Desktop).  The free drawing has ended but the discounts are still running through the end of the month.

* December 2009 Giveaway and Discounts
* AllMyNotes Discussion
* ShadowProtect Discussion

6. Software Discussion

What's new in the world of Software?  In this edition of the newsletter we only have a short list of posts.

* Questions re Windows 7 Starter on a Netbook
* Printliminator
* Two users with own KVM(keyboard, monitor, mouse) on one Windows PC?
* iPrint - free virtual printer
* New article in InfoWorld comparing latest virtual machine tools (vmware7,etc)

7. Developer's Corner

Don't be intimidated by the title of this section- even if you're not a coder, there is likely something of interest to you here! It's more than just a forum for the discussion of software development, it's also where we discuss web design, entrepreneurial struggles, and general productivity issues.  It's great to see that the section has been pretty active over the last few months -- keep it up people!

* Need Advice on Forum Software
* Assemblee: Indie Game Design Competition
* Is PayPal good for your microISV business? A short PayPal horror story
* from the How-To Geek: Recommends our Coding Snacks section
* Mini-Review: Breeze Cat Litter System

Thanks to Darwin for the help editing this.

Thanks for the Newsletter fellas :)


I'm delighted to see DC survive and thrive another year. 2060 should be interesting, as will 2010!

My 2010 NANY entry will be complete by 2060  :Thmbsup:


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