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Monday December 19, 2016

Prizes for NANY 2017 Participation

So far the fine folks at Help And Manual and Beyond Compare, and  Helpinator, have agreed to donate some copies to give away to participants in this year's NANY event.

Help us spread the word, it's not to late for coders to participate!


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Saturday December 17, 2016

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My board game recommendations for family holidays

I thought I would make some recommendations for board games for family gatherings over the holidays.

Note: You can read some of my general board game mini-reviews in this thread: http://www.donationc...ndex.php?topic=23854.

These recommendations will specifically be games that I think are well suited for families with kids and adults of mixed ages.



Codenames or Codenames Pictures
A really wonderful game that can be played in teams with any number of players (best with 4-6), where a team leader tries to get their team to guess cards based on ambiguous clues.
This is a crowd favorite which is easy to learn and can be enjoyed by people of varying skill levels, and it appeals to women as well as men.  Great fun.
Note: While super easy to learn, this is a *thinky* game, and young kids may not appreciate it.
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Concept and Imagine
These are two games that are similar -- they involve one player trying to give clues to the other players to guess a concept or phrase or thing.  They differ in how the player gives clues, but in both cases the player is forced to be creative in order to convey the meaning.  It has a similar vibe as codenames, and like codenames, it may not be suitable for young children who don't like to stress their brains.
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Next up is Kaleidos, which is a game for all ages.  Players each look at a picture showing a scene with hundreds of objects.  A random letter is chosen and players hunt for examples of objects in the picture that begin with that letter.
It's frantic fun for all ages, and it's fun to debate with each other about whether an object is a valid example for the given letter.
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Read more and add your own recommendations..

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Thursday December 08, 2016

Factorio - Automate All the Things!

Factorio is a game that has been in development for a few years now and as far as I can tell came to Early Access earlier this year. I feel that the trailer video doesn't give a good sense as to what gameplay is like:



So, based on that video, I've looked at the game from time to time, but I've never been intrigued enough to actually give it a try... until recently, when I saw this gameplay video:



Click here to read more and discuss

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Wednesday December 07, 2016

Final Call for NANY 2017 Participants -- Deadline Jan 1st, 2017

The January 1 deadline for NANY 2017 participation is fast approaching!

We need help spreading the word about the event.  If you know a coder who might be interested in releasing a new freeware/donationware application by January 1st, or a forum or website where the announcement might reach coders, please help us spread the word!

The forum section for participants is here:

There are even a few beta entries up for those who like to test things early (including 4 or 5 android apps by me), with more on the way.

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..

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Friday November 18, 2016

The Genius - South Korean Game Theory Reality Show

Fascinating South Korean reality show where the same players compete in a sequence of long "games" that gradually win them down to a single winner.
What's notable is that the games are fascinating social negotiation and deduction games -- games that would feel familiar to modern board gamers and game theoretic researchers.

https://en.wikipedia...he_Genius_(TV_series)

Very cool stuff.  You can watch the first season on youtube with english subtitles:
https://www.youtube....w06g9_cOi_cnzpeXeUCc

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Thursday November 17, 2016

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Screenshot Captor is Download of the Day at TechRadar

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It also offers visual embellishments such as borders and shadows, and automatic file naming. It offers easy watermarking, integration with image editing apps and Windows Explorer integration, and its microscopic system requirements mean you can leave it running all the time without worrying about a negative effect on your PC’s performance.. it’s much more useful than anything Windows itself offers.

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Friday November 11, 2016

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Blog Essay: H.264 is Magic

Nice long blog post about a ubiquitous video compression algorithm.

"H.264 is Magic"

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H.264 is a video compression codec standard. It is ubiquitous - internet video, Blu-ray, phones, security cameras, drones, everything. Everything uses H.264 now.

H.264 is a remarkable piece of technology. It is the result of 30+ years of work with one single goal: To reduce the bandwidth required for transmission of full-motion video.

Technically, it is very interesting. This post will give insight into some of the details at a high level - I hope to not bore you too much with the intricacies. Also note that many of the concepts explained here apply to video compression in general, and not just H.264.


https://sidbala.com/h-264-is-magic/

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Saturday November 05, 2016

24hrs of live board game playing streamed by my favorite players

One of my favorite youtube board game channel is a group called "Game Night".  They are a bunch of nerds from board game geek (bgg) that do full playthroughs of board games.

They are going to play 24hrs of board games today (November 5) (noon GMT -8, 2pm forum time?) and stream it live.  Might be worth checking out:

STREAM: https://www.twitch.tv/boardgamegeektv

INFO: https://boardgamegee...-2016-livestream-nov

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Wednesday October 05, 2016

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2016 Interactive Fiction Competition (classic text adventure games, etc.)

The RockPaperShotgun blog has a nice blog post up today heralding the unveiling of the entries in the 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition (classic text adventure games, etc.).

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This year, IF Comp 2016 opened with 58 entries, the largest selection of new games in its history. The presence of all these great new games is only part of what makes IF Comp exciting. It’s also a time when the IF community comes together to comment, review, and give feedback... And now you’re invited, at whatever level of involvement you like. You can play any of the games for free.

https://www.rockpape.../10/05/if-comp-2016/

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Monday September 26, 2016


Sunday September 25, 2016

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Yahoo! accounts hacked... two years ago!

Yahoo just announced yesterday about this hack that took place 2 years ago:

http://www.nytimes.c...y/yahoo-hackers.html

Yahoo announced on Thursday that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, in the biggest known intrusion of one company’s computer network.

In a statement, Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security questions — was compromised in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.”


from New York Times

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Monday September 19, 2016

Super-sized Newsletter for Sep 18, 2016 - Codename: Catching Up with Cody

1. Newsletter Editorial

Greetings!  It's been just over a year since the last DonationCoder newsletter -- way way too long (if you check in the user-to-user section below you'll read about one of the reasons why).  As usual, you'll find below a selection of some of the top recent threads from our discussion forum, along with a sprinkling of news about the website.  You'll also see a very belated section devoted to last year's NANY (New Apps for the New Year) 2016 event, and since this newsletter was so long in coming, you'll also see an item about the upcoming 2017 NANY event.  I promise the next newsletter will not be so long in coming.

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Click here to read the full newsletter now..

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Friday September 16, 2016

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MakeUseOf.com Selection of Best Portable Apps

Very subjective list but some good items here, and a few donationcoder member app's made the list!

http://www.makeuseof.../best-portable-apps/

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