Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Got 15 minutes? Give Ruby a shot right now!

You can try your hand at Ruby without having to download, install, or configure anything...in your browser!

This is a great interactive tester for the curious.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Some thoughts on open source software

Open source has nothing to do with the price of the software...it only has to do with the source code of that software.

Many confuse the term "open source" to mean freeware.

It's not. It's software in which you are entitled to the source code, entitled to change that source, and entitled to redistribute that software, providing you give the source to those that receive it.

Nowhere in there does it say that the programmers should starve themselves while coding it and nowhere does it say they have to give their work away for free.

Why do people get confused and think that open source software is a type of freeware? Because many open source projects are freeware/donationware.

But not all are free. There are some where you only receive the source once you buy the product. And this is OK, and it's still in the spirit of true open source software. And those projects are the ones most likely to survive because they force you to give back something.

In the true spirit of open source is a concept of sharing. In any sharing relationship, it won't last if one does all the giving and the other does all the taking and giving nothing back. It leaves the first party feeling unappreciated, taken advantage of, and totally drained.

If someone shares with you, etiquette says you should share something back with the giver...become a giver yourself. Etiquette says you ARE obligated. Everything has a price...no exceptions.

There is no such thing as a 'free lunch'. At the very least you should 'kiss the cook'.

Even if you are broke, you can share something in return for what was shared with you. It is the only right thing to do. Think about it for awhile and I am sure you can come up with an idea or two on how to do this.

And if the software is making you money, you better damn well share the wealth with the reason why you are making money. Otherwise you are not only being a stingy miser, you are exploiting people for your own personal gain.

If everyone that uses free open source software actually gave something back to these projects then the quality would rival or even exceed the payware versions of similar products and we would all come out as winners...the developers and consumers alike.

It is up to you, the user, to determine the best way to give back, and be generous about it, no matter what it is that you are giving. Try to give back equal to what you received.

If you love it, support it...it's that simple.

Takers may eat better...but givers sleep better.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Woooooo Hooooo!

Instant Boss logoInstant Boss has been featured on DownloadSquad.com!

I understand this is an accomplishment. I am not sure I deserve all the attention, but I am loving it any way. Feels really good.

I am just glad someone appreciates my work, besides me.

This has surpassed all the great feelings my original DClock gave me and seems to be potentially a bigger 'claim to fame' as my dad would put it. He thought that tiny little desktop clock, that we have all become dependant on, was going to be it for me. Well, wait till I email him links to all the Instant Boss stuff. He isn't going to believe it!

I owe my dad a lot of credit for all of this. Had he not handed me that old P1, none of this would be happening right now. I'd still be painting pictures on my fingernails as my main creative outlet and source of entertainment.

I am going to enjoy my "15 minutes in the spotlight"....enjoy it while it lasts.

Josh did a screencast for Instant Boss. I am totally impressed and amazed at those screencasts he does. He can make something simple look like WOW. That's quite a talent.

I think if he did a screencast on a common Lincoln penny, he'd raise it's value to $1, at least.

I spent a lot of time submitting Instant Boss to shareware/freeware sites today. It will be interesting to see how many downloads I get on it...and how many will actually donate.

I am pretty close to acquiring the funds needed to pay for my domain name and hosting for my site for another year, and enough to cover the cost of turning on DSL and getting a wireless router too.

If that is all I manage to accomplish, financially, with my software, that is enough to keep me very happy for a long time.

I got 3 awards for my Instant Boss page so far, but I think they hand those out to anybody that submits software to their websites. Got a adware/spyware free certification for it, too.

Donation Coder is wonderful...and so is it's creator, mouser. He is spoiling me silly with all of his attention. He has such a way of pulling people together as a team and motivating them. I love it!

I think if multi hangs out in the Donation Coder IRC channel long enough, he might just realize what is missing from his room and finally be able to take it in the right direction. I only hope he pays attention to the text on his screen and isn't just there to make me happy and ignoring the room, like he did with TSC for all those months.

DevZone really needs good leadership and to be organized & motivated. And multi is the only one that can do it, if he is actually willing to do the job. The lack of good motivating leadership is why I could never call that room home. There was always something vital missing that I craved.

At least with TSC I was able to motivate people, myself, to doing things and to come together as a group...and be close like family...even if it was only for a little while. Multi used to be able to pull people together and motivate them quite well. I don't know what happened to him. I only hope he can somehow find his magic again, before it's too late and another room dies.