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:

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some developer resources

  • Get feedback on your software.  The guy behind 7+ Taskbar Tweaker uses it.
  • Documentation isn't fun but here are some good reasons why you should give it your time and energy.
  • Especially for developers with big monitors, WinSize2 can help with user interface testing to see how how different window sizes look

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another look at filesystems

This time those available primarily on Windows.  Goes into some background, but you can get a good summary towards the end.