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Sourceforge Project Meltdown - Stay Tuned! 
With the stroke of what we can only assume must be an ignorant or arrogant pen, all of the "old format" projects on SourceForge.net have be destroyed.

What was Lost


In short, as of this very week gone forever are most of our classic programs, project files, project descriptions, project meta-data, trove categorizations, icons, screen-shots, download statistics, service URLs, bug reports, feature requests, web site pages, blogged notes, and many other precious project resources. Artifacts which - in the hands of an egalitarian or even remotely sympathetic and / or knowledgeable western software developer, could have readily been converted... or at least preserved!

But we must suppose that it was simply easier to just chuck us all out - stomp on the millions of hours invested by others - than to simply go that extra mile... (We didn't even get an email to warn us that the loss was coming!)

Recommendation: If you are using SourceForge.NET, our official recommendation is to abandon them. Ignoring the fact that their site has become ever-increasingly buggy, SF has been ever-outsourcing their work to foreign nationals for quite some time now.

The Recovery


So while we recover from these most recent random acts of senseless disrespect by the SourceForge.NET Team, we will be updating this page with the new project location for our community projects.

(p.s. Over 18 project have been impacted - it could take us some time to recover, and I do indeed wish to do something else over the holiday than spend my time recovering from yet another 3rd-world behind-your-back attitude, cultural inversion, & capability meltdown!)

The Plan


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For reasons best known to smaller purposes, 18
of our 30+ classic projects suddenly disappeared.

We are slowly recovering over the holiday season.
The plan was to first (1) quickly recover the endpoints.
Those project locations have been recovered.

The next step is to (2) upload the files.

If you are reading this message, then the files for THIS
project have been recovered, as well. (Other projects
soon to follow!)

After the upload comes (3, 4, 5, ...) the agonizing
and tedious re-creation of all of that 'sales stuff (screen
shots, icons, project descriptions, links, support &
categorization meta data, etc, etc...)

Here is where we will keep track of this rueful - and
otherwise excruciatingly annoying - undertaking:

http://soft9000.com/blog9000/index.php? ... 130-034735


Happy Holidays - Whatever yours may be ;-)


Randall Nagy
President, Soft9000.com


+==========================+
| * What does "TILT" mean? |
+==========================+

This usage comes from playing classic pinball machines.
Whenever one was playing a great game, if the machine was
jostled (by oneself or a bystander,) a rocker switch would
trip a reset so as to display a "tilt" violation... then
stop the fun.

Yet - come to think of it - surely we are not tilted here.
--Not only will the same game pretty much continue, but the
best software developers are also always having fun ... :-)


Sharing is caring!

-Rn"

The Robot Report


Of course I have a stat-tracking robot. A little ditty I cobbled together that keeps track of my weekly stats.

The following is a list of the work in progress:


RECOVERY STATUS:


Project EasyHTTP - EasyHTTP is the reference implementation of our "Business Enterprise State Transfer" (B.E.S.T) architectural guideline.

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project IPCReader - IPC Reader is an easy-to-use way to exchange data between Java & non-Java applications, as well as operating-system commands.

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project BenchMarkOne - A performance measurement tool for Java.

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project Rate Calculator for Android - A Java incarnation of the Hourly Rate-Calculator. (Please note the new location & project for the apk.)

STATUS: Stage 02

Project Banman - A content-protection / robotic monitoring system for web sites.

STATUS: (Recovery not required)

Project Rate Calculator for Java/Swing - An incarnation of the Hourly Rate-Calculator for Swing. (Please note the new location & project for the apk.)

STATUS: Stage 02

Project ClassIO - A code-generator that will create a Java Class that can support both the reading and writing (I/O) of classic data formats. Support includes tag-centric XML, Tab-Delimited Format (TDF), and the Comma-Separated Value (CSV.)

A tidy little NoSQL Entity-persistence generator to leverage those flat-file ways of converting and / or otherwise moving data into / out-of our programs.

STATUS: Stage 02

Project The Classic Scriptures - Our original electronic book reader allows you to read, search, & bookmark your favourite quotes from the collected books found in an English version of The Classic Bible.

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project The Sierra Bible - Our original electronic book reader allows you to read, search, & bookmark your favourite quotes from the collected books found in an English version of The Classic Bible, as well as The Book of Mormon.

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project Web Ping - If you use an ISP for your web-hosting, you will discover that your 'ping' requests have been re-directed. By timing the response from an actual web-hosted URL, Web Ping allows us to document the *REAL* throughput to our Web Sites.

Data collected are down-loadable in a CSV Format. (See ClassIO or your favourite spreadsheet-program for an easy way to re-use these data.)

STATUS: RECOVERY COMPLETE.

Project The Ping Thing - C/C++ Program to encapsulate the use of the `ping` utility under Microsoft Windows. This tool allows us to track and manage ping statistics under MS Windows, as well as the WINE Emulator under Linux / POSIX / OS X.

Lovingly crafted in Borland's C++Builder (VCL.)

STATUS: Stage 02

Project EzLog - For Java - A Java / Swing User Interface to support our classic C/C++ EzLog (.ezlog) API & console logging program.

STATUS: Stage 02

Project EzLog Console - The console interface to support our classic C/C++ EzLog (.ezlog) API & logging convention. -As used by the original Skype Telephonic & Video Tooling Interfaces.

STATUS: Stage 02



IN-PROCESS (ROBOT REPORT REDOX):

Waring: Project cogneticwords(CogneticWords01.zip) isNull()
Waring: Project cromacode(CromaCode01.zip) isNull()
Waring: Project epop4win32(epop4win32/Version 1.3a/EPOP.exe) isNull()
Waring: Project ezinstall(EZINSTALL.EXE) isNull()
Waring: Project freport32(freport32/WIN32 Binary/FReport.exe) isNull()
Waring: Project hcal(HCAL/Version 3 - Plotting 12/HCAL3.exe) isNull()
Quotes/MightyMaxim_2009_01_02.zip
Waring: Project say(SAY - Console App for WIN32/SAY.EXE - Version 1.0/say.exe) isNull()
Waring: Project say(SayTime - GUI Voice Clock/Version 1.0.2/STINST2.EXE) isNull()
Waring: Project texttool(texttool/WIN32 Binary/TextTool.exe) isNull()
Waring: Project recipeproject(RiaRecipe!/Test Drive 1.0/RiaOneDist.zip) isNull()


Stay tuned!

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Better Learning Experiences 
When creating training, I note that it is much like any other creative process: Begin with an outline. To modernize the process, we must also note that video training is all the rage.

Simple training-creation process review:

(1) Make an outline.

(2) Select the key topics for video.

(3) Select the key topics for executive / manager / SME participation.

(4) Cover the rest in a traditional manner (instructor led / web / book-based training.)

(5) Finally, select the key points for the ever critical pre & post-process review. Allow both automated (web, etc.), as well as face-to-face feedback on these pre / post orientation sessions.


Remember: One learns best by involving all of our senses - Auditory, Visual, Tactile, Responsive, as well as the Face-to-face.

Ultimately, wrapping any learning experience with both a written & oral review completed one personal recommendation during a recent discussion over one ideal way to cover most student's critical learning-bases.

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Time Sheets? About Time! 
How do you spend your holidays?

Yea, well ... we awoke way too early this Monday-holiday morning inspired to share our latest secret weapon with our friends.



Known as "AboutTime", fans of EzLog have been asking about what we were going to do with the pre-reserved moniker on SourceForge for almost a year now.



Yes, AboutTime looks like EzLog, but the mission of AboutTime is to support weekly Time & Accounting Management. Rather than managing technical logs & team collaboration via huge log files, AboutTime files are smaller. Most people feel the need to create a new activity file every other week or so.



Why weekly time logging files? -Because smaller files are better for time support management activities. Certainly for the weekly status report.



So let the AboutTime Project officially begin with time-card ((ahem) yes, I am that old) support... There are LOTS of collaborative accounting activities coming to AboutTime during a holiday near you!


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