Friday, 30 January 2009

Sure, I'll have it done by Friday!

GetACoder.com is an outsourcing site that allows people to post their job specs, browse existing jobs, submit bids, and ultimately, arrange contracted work on a pay-for-job basis rather than pay by the hour. As with most such sites, you can expect to see a few really crazy posts there... but this one, I THINK, is not deliberately a joke.

The budget range offered is $20-100. What's he asking for? Uhh, not much. Just... a complete operating system, with all the features of XP Pro, able to run everything that XP will run, have as user-friendly an interface as XP, but not be XP. And it has to be quick. Oh, and it has to be (emphasis his) HACKER SAFE! Well, I guess that guarantees that it won't be XP.

I had to go look at the date when this was posted, but alas, no such luck - it was posted Aug 31st, 2008. Somehow, I doubt he's going to get an offer within his budget range... he did get one bid for $999,999, but it seems that scheme fell through.

Maybe we should all chip in to get him a bottle of Wine.

Tomorrow's Operasting [sic] System, BlueOrb!

Saturday, 3 January 2009

RosMud version 1.5.7

It's two years today since the RosMud project started, so it's a good day to release a new version!

* New plugin: Tune. Tune people out (OOC channels only). Usage help: Type "/tune"

* Calc plugin: The magic token "^^" to embed the last result has been removed. This feature has seldom, to my knowledge, been used deliberately, and has caused trouble with ASCII art. To use the last result in a command, simply use $[+0] or any other expression that does not change the result. Also, division by zero has been guarded against; with the somewhat odd, but crash-free, result that 1/0 == 0.

* I'm temporarily removing the doubleclick-to-look code. Later on I might reenable it, but for now, it's just plain out.

* New plugin: OOCChFr. Like the OOCBox (and uses nearly the same algorithm to detect OOC text), this will move OOC channel conversation elsewhere... unlike OOCBox, it doesn't have a separate window. Usage help: Type "/ooc"

Friday, 2 January 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I've just had this brilliant idea for a money-making web site. Like most web sites, it's going to be largely free, but I think this one could make some good money.

The idea is to help people have a little accountability. If you google for 'new year's resolutions accountability', there's plenty of advice saying that telling a friend will help you to keep your resolution, but nowhere is there any web site that actually IS that friend. So that's where I come in.

People could log in to www.newyearsaccountability.com and submit their resolutions. After the first week, month, three months, six months, etc, they would receive an email, asking them how they're getting on.

The real key to this whole notion is that once you've written something down, it stands... and you can be held to it. So that's where I'd make my money: For $10, you will be allowed to alter your resolution from what you hoped to do, to what you're doing!

This is such a brilliant idea. My New Year's Resolution this year is to build that web site. Hey... blog posts can be edited down the track too....