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Comment Good, very good (Score 4, Insightful) 196

Both as a developer for nearly all platforms, and as a consumer, I despise software monetization through ads. Sure, I understand that not all apps have a clear method of monetization, and so many developers rely on ad revenue to offset their development time/costs, but I personally won't touch their adware, period, meaning they lost the opportunity to monetize me at all. Adware wasn't acceptable to me in the 2000s with ad supported Windows software, and it's never been acceptable to me on iOS, Android, or Metro, or any other platform since then. It seems to me that ad supported software was largely rejected by consumers up until the proliferation of smart phones, but I still reject them and refuse to support a business model that under the hood is really after collecting consumer data. From my prospective, adware is spyware, albeit less innocuous, but still privacy invading, unwanted, and annoying.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Insightful) 104

The bigger WOW here is that this is even a story. The key phrase in the summary is: "HAS THE OPTION" as in it's an optional feature. You know. One that you can turn off or on. This is the same thing Netflix recently added, where it will post what you're watching if you turn the option on. Here's a novel idea, if you're watching porn on your blackberry, turn off sharing or never enable it to begin with.

Comment Re:Petition (Score 4, Informative) 386

I used to use Google Reader but switched to Netvibes long ago. Provides the same features, similiar interface, but a lot more under the hood and better theme selection/customization imo. Plus, it's not Google, which is a big plus for me. Anything non-MS, non-Apple, non-Oracle, non-Google is a huge win in my book. Just my two cents, since you asked for recommendations.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - do! not! want! (Score 4, Interesting) 37

I've been developing on enchant.js which is licensed under MIT license:

It's written by 3 Japanese developers I believe, so some of the documentation is not in English, but of all the HTML5/JS engines out there, this one seems to be the best. You really got to dig around for documentation, but when you do find it, almost everything is laid out and it has everything you need for Android/iOS/Desktop based games. It also doesn't require node.js or other dependencies, which is one reason why I dismissed DevKit here almost immediately, aside from the GPL3 license you pointed out.

Comment 10 ways to monetize ebooks (Score 5, Informative) 128

I've made some spare money writing and marketing ebooks, but I moved onto greener pastures long ago. Some of the business strategies or ideas I have had monetizing ebooks:
  • 1. Embed affiliate links to other books within the ebook
  • 2. Offer additional content that supplements the ebook for a small donation
  • 3. Require an email address/newsletter subscription before sending the free ebook, and then try and monetize through the newsletters
  • 4. Offer physical copies of the book for a fee
  • 5. Break the ebook up into smaller parts for an email newsletter series, and monetize in the newsletter
  • 6. Pledge to write additional material as certain fundraising goals are met
  • 7 .Turn the ebook into a mutipage website and populate with Google Ads
  • 8. Sell resale rights, PLR, etc.
  • 9. Initially sell the ebook only, and then unlock it for free for all people after $xxxx has been raised
  • 10. Write additional non-free books/ebooks and then use your free ebooks to advertise the pay books

Now I know many of these are not applicable to OP, but it's what worked for me before I moved onto writing GPL software instead of ebooks.

Comment Looks good for testing (Score 1) 377

MemSQL is definitely good news, and hopefully it will encourage the MySQL team to play catch up with it's performance. Maybe it will provide an improved web experience if it gets wide adoption and deployment. As a long time SysAd/webmaster/developer, I'm certainly interested, but for obvious reasons I'm not putting any business critical servers onto something this fresh and new, regardless of performance benefits. I think I'll download a copy and use it locally for testing, but like any software, there are going to be bugs, maybe even data loss or security issues that may emerge on certain server setups. I'll see how the changelog looks in 6 months or a year before considering it for my mission critical servers. Regardless, kudos to the developers. Grabbing my download before/if it gets /.'ed

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