Friday, October 13, 2017

The ugly code problem

More than once I've spoken to a developer who's worked on a project for some time and decided to set it aside.  When I ask them to open the code so that it might be utilized by others, a frequent reason they refuse is because "it's ugly".

Well here's one possible reply: post it anyway and present it as what not to do.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ongoing drama with free software / open source

I'm extremely frustrated by this situation that seems to come up over and over again: a really amazing open source project starts to take off and then the developer gets frustrated/annoyed with someone forking their project and claiming some level of ownership.  This one in particular was just about editing bad words.

I could really spend ALL my time on this topic.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What not to add

This was cleaned up shortly after adding, but this conveniently made a list of everything you don't want to do when you add a new entry to the site:



Some of the highlights:
  • Over-emphasizing with words (unique, special, superfast) and via bold and capitalized text
  • Tons and tons of categories
  • Duplicating details about the program in the entry already covered by the entry itself (such as file size and the developer website)
  • Frequent repetition of text (unique, easy, fast, etc.)
  • Lots of linking inside the entry
In fairness, the last 6 lines were spot on.

Related: How to write/edit an entry

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Open source survey

A fascinating look at what's happening in open source development that might give some indications on what's to come:

http://opensourcesurvey.org/2017/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cost of free

An article goes into all the problems with free and open software.  I drafted a response:

Definitely don't use a free browser or a free operating system (except all the major ones are).  Anything besides Microsoft Office is unacceptable (never mind that their support is notoriously bad).  Linux is open source and that's definitely been hijacked many times and caused all kinds of problems so now of course no one uses it except for most servers and most cell phones.

I didn't post it as the article is obviously clickbait nonsense, intentionally written to incite.  While it's wrong on so many levels and shouldn't be worth highlighting, sometimes you have to define your opposite.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

File sharing banhammer

The existence of this program and frequent interaction with peer-to-peer bandwidth hogs really made me want to give instructions on our BitTorrent entries about how to cap your connection.  I've been on the fence about this for some time so feedback welcome.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Best of portable

It's not a recent list but still this MakeUseOf article has a lot of real gems that are also on PortableFreeware.