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Newsletter for July 9, 2013"Codename: Summer Slowdown"

1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings readers.  I've just returned to Illinois from a two-week family vacation in Florida, and it's already time for another newsletter.  Everything seems to slow down a bit during the summer so this month's newsletter is a little shorter than normal, and I don't have any big announcements to make.  Hopefully you'll still be able to find a few posts that are of interest.

2. User-to-User: Your Input Requested

We love nothing more than having interesting discussions on our forum -- and we love when new people participate in the discussions.  In each newsletter we try to highlight a few topics that we think might interest casual readers and that are good candidates for making your first post.

* Your thoughts wanted: The right way to honor the passing of a DC forum member?
* Why you should record video of the everyday people in your life
* DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread
* I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get?
* Help me choose my next smartphone
* What is safer for data -- a hard disk or a blue ray disc?
* Digitising slides?
* 30-day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge

3. Member Reviews, Projects, Software Releases, and Announcements

We love to keep up with projects that our members are working on, and hearing what our forum members think of software they use.  If you're working on something interesting -- let us know!

* Clipboard Help and Spell - v2.19 - minor update
* Screenshot Captor - v4.5 - post capture improvements
* LaunchBar Commander - v1.33 - minor update
* OpenDNS + DNSCrypt - Mini-Review
* DC Member Kyrathaba's Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
* Skwire software update: Anuran v1.1.1
* Skwire software update: MPH (Media Player Hotkeys) v1.0.6
* Skwire software update: PlayTime v1.3.7
* Skwire software update: Snap DB v1.4.1
* Skwire software update: sWeather v1.4.3
* Skwire software update: Trout v1.0.6
* Hamradio's PCB Color Blender v 1.13.1

4. Software Discussion

The Software Discussion section is one of the most active areas of the DC forum; some of the more interesting posts since the last newsletter are listed here.

* Stickies - Part of the Zhorn Software Donationware Series
* "Click to Enable Javascript" Firefox Addon?
* Adblock Plus Letting Ads By
* Microsoft releases first video preview of Win 8.1
* In search of ... QR code generator recommendations
* Roundup of Free OCR Software at
* The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread!
* Enables/disable internet access based on a time schedule
* Program to Start another program, and then shut down after xx:xx time.
* Bring back the BEEP!
* Website "Useful Little Things" - has a flat file utility + other useful things.
* Secure Cloud backup -e.g., Digital Lifeboat - what alternatives are there?

5. Website Discoveries, Debates, Essays, Discussions

What's new in cyberspace? What exciting new sites have been discovered by forum members?  What's the current hot topic and debate? Read on to find out...

* How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search
* Shell Extension City Freeware Website Comeback
* Bitmessage - a protocol for secure decentralized e-mail
* Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications
* NSA Surveillance Leaks: Facts and Fiction panel discussion
* This week's episode of the suicide of Microsoft: Helping gov't exploit your pc
* No way out? SecureBoot's latest wrinkle for non-Windows users.

6. Entertainment and Humour

Time for a break -- check out these fun websites and videos!

* Watch: Doug Engelbart and The Mother of All Demos
* On today's Internet, EVERYONE knows you're a dog!
* Possibly the ultimate $21,000 computer desk/chair combo?
* A Time Before Mathematica
* XBone (XBox One) and Microsoft's desktop view

7. Developer's Corner

This section highlights some discussions that might be relevant for not just for coders and developers, but also people interested in entrepreneurial issues.

* Article about startup founders stuck in the middle of making it or breaking it.
* Microsoft ending TechNet subscription activations effective august 2013
* No country for amateurs - the danger of supposedly secure messaging
* Bug Bounty From MS
* DRM for HTML5 Standards
* Stanford University - free course for building a start-up - starting from zero.
* Clever and easy music distribution ideas?

Thanks mouser  :Thmbsup:

(I've already found a couple I'd missed)

Thanks!  I also encountered some things I missed :)

Thanks, mouser -- I also found some bits I'd missed that I enjoyed or found useful or both!

Thanks for the newsletter,  mouser!


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