Date: 09 March 2004
Title: Ur I.T. Mate Group Newsletter #10
Unfortunately, things are not going as well as they should be over here. So far this week, the software I developed for the newsletters has gone haywire, meaning I've had to use a temporary third party one (Vallen e-Mailer - www.vallen.de/freeware) until I can figure out whats gone wrong and/or simply re-write it.
We recently released Index.dat Suite 2.5.x series, after releasing 2.5.1, we were notified of a bug that was present only on 9x machines. This bug was eventually tracked down to being caused by the XP Pro machine that we compiled it on, once re-compiled on the 98SE machine, everything was as it was supposed to be and the error was gone, leading me to believe the XP Pro machine did something to the program when it was compiling it that made part of it incompatable with 98SE (this is still currently being verified).
We have re-released Index.dat Suite 2.5.1 (compiled on 98SE) and it is once again working just fine on both our XP Pro and 9x machines, so atleast something is going right now.
In addition to this, you may have noticed, we have temporarily suspended new iHost registrations. This is due solely space to finance's (or lack of). We are working with Inspiratech (our hosting company) to see if we can get more space and get the costs down as I am currently unable to afford to get anymore added. I shall bring news of this in due course.
There has only been one new program added to our library since the last newsletter. This program is ACF Notes, a simple text editor that we developed at the request of an alt.comp.freeware newsgroup subscriber.
Since our last newsletter, we have updated;
PUI (Program Uninstall Information)
Unfortunately, as we mentioned in our last newsletter, we would be forced to either ask for donations, or suspend registrations if the costs grew, this happened toward the end of February 2004 and as we did not want to ask for donations, we have been forced to suspend new registrations until we can afford to purchase more space.
For those interested, iHost can be found at;
The Freeware Revolution (TFR) is an initiative started by Scott (Freeware Arena) with the goal of educating people on the true meaning of 'freeware', along with keeping freeware just that, free. We have seen too many website's of late, alledging to be freeware site's, yet either listing spyware/adware etc, or
charging for access. We personally feel this is unfair to you, the users.
It is a movement comprised of freeware site operators, freeware others and computer users united in the cause of preserving, protecting and promoting freeware. It seeks to educate computer users of all levels in informations regarding freeware (what it is and what it isn't). It is a meeting place for like minded individuals to exchange ideas and to work as a 'community' to work in collective as well as individual efforts that are for the betterment of freely available technologies online. Education is a priority of this movement.
It is and will always strive to work in a fair and organized group method in decision making. To interact and submit ideas and methods that can be agreed upon that will best facilitate the movement to protect freeware.
For those interested, please see the TFR message board over at Freeware Arena.
The Freeware Book
The Freeware Book is an initiative of Freeware Arena, a brilliant freeware website maintained by Scott. What the Freeware Book does is allow you to have a collection of freeware at your fingertips, providing articles and links to a whole load of the best freeware site's on the internet.
For further information and download, please go to: http://www.freewarearena.org
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Well, I shall leave it there for now and thank you all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. If you would like to be kept upto date with news and announcements, but don't want to wait for the next newsletter, please keep checking our News page as I try and put all news and announcements on there.