Updated: April 27, 2012
Dear fellows, it's been two weeks since I've announced my win-a-free-book contest and it's now officially over. Luckily for me, I will not need be crying in a corner forever alone, as I've managed to get more than ten entries submitted. To be more precise, a total of seventeen different people mailed me, and I had two more friends abstain from their participation knowing they would get their free copies anyway.
I must admit I found the total number of submissions surprising both in a good way and a bad way. I'd expect more people to want to get free stuff, even if it's a fantasy book, but given Dedoimedo's demographics, mostly hardcore geeks who tend to mistrust and treat everything with scorn, seventeen is a good number. On the brighter side, seventeen strangers want to read my book, which is not a bad thing at all. Let's announce them.
Winners and whatnot
First, the rules. Now that your entries are shown here, you will receive an email from me asking you for a shipping address where you might receive your book. You just have to wait for a package to arrive, from Dedoimedo.com. If you do not wish to receive a package from a stranger somewhere on this globe, let me know, we can work out something. Once you read the book, you promise to write an honest review on Amazon, good or bad.
Second, remember the competition topic - your favorite software. So in a way, the summary of this competition is also a community vote in a way on your best programs. This article should provide you with at least some useful info and fun while it allows me to shamelessly promote my book.
Three, if any of the contestant cannot receive the book for whatever reason or do not respond to the contest announcement, I will ping the upcomers and allow them to get their reward.
Four, please allow for a few weeks until the books arrive.
If you want a signed copy, let me know.
Feel free to ping me if you have any questions.
All right, the winners, in no particular order.
1. Petrek says thusly, on Celestia (space simulator):
When the darkest hour of night is just around the corner, but stars
are hiding shyly from your sight, don't worry. Turn on your computer
and start a dream journey to the end of known Universe with Celestia.
Maybe you'll even catch a falling star there?
2. Joseph says of GRUB 2:
My favourite piece of software is Grub 2. I find the concept of a boot
loader, something so fundamental and seemingly simplistic that most people
never give it a second thought, simply fascinating. It combines the
challenges of making simple and effective code small with low-level
operation and highly variable environments. Grub 2 is simply the best boot
loader out there in my opinion due to its very customisable and simple
design that still manages to safeguard against failure and maintain
stability no matter what. It is easily recoverable if the user makes a
mistake, and has multiple layers of protection to allow a skilled user to
make this small part of using their computer exactly how they would like it
3. Marv likes Wireshark - and another poet:
In the black deepness
Patience silently stares
Hunger filters the prey
Cunning spots weakness
Feet dance against the sun
Unconscious in their games
But the die has been cast
Deep laughs echo the run
The stream Demon is awake
4. Bernhard likes goodie but oldie software:
My favorite software for many years was the amazing "XTreeGOLD".
As you might know that's a long time ago (1990), but that filemanager
has had it all. You could nearly make EVERYTHING with that excellent
tool. Copy, (un)delete, format, rename, remove, compare, edit, zip, etc.
What a pity that great piece of software was abandoned in 1995. I know
there are clones out there, even for Linux (Unixtree, linuxtree or ytree),
but either they are not supported any longer and/or they're bloody buggy.
I would love to have a XTree-like nautilus in GNOME. *dream*
5. Honey says:
I am writing a review of a software which I worked with so closely ...
INSTALLJAMMER.. It is an awesome tool which is used to create
installers. The major highlight is that it is a multiplatform GUI
installer builder tool. It can be customized in any way you want and the
installers created with the tool looks like those made from proprietary
6. Christophe goes mainstream:
My favorite piece of software is Firefox I guess. I like that is portable, has
multi-OS support, supports various plugins and search engines and most of it I like
that it has built-in support for bookmarks and password sync across different
computers. And last but not least, I use it in more than 90% of my computing
7. Raphael likes Banshee:
When I jumped over in the Linux world, I was wondering what kind of music
player I would end up using to meet my daily needs. It was not long until I
found my perfect match with Banshee. The interface is simple yet clear,
nothing like the messy looks from Amarok. Ipod synchronization works
relatively well, so much better than in Rhythmbox, and the numerous plugins
make it possible to use it a radio player and a podcast center very
practical as it almost renders gPodder useless. It recognizes Japanese
characters well, a feat essential for any Far East Asian music lover. And
even if it failed to display properly, the integrated tag editor would make
it easy to solve the issue. That was already a lot to be happy with, but
the icing on the cake came with the automatic cover art for all your media
files. Deadly accurate, all happening as a background task. Overall, it
still has some flaws, but it is damn close to being perfect. 9/10 it is.
8. Another browser, from Dmitry:
Chrome is the browser which I started using just few days after
release of their first version. It's modestly light in resources,
stable, nice-looking and very functional. It has its own brother
Chromium, which is fully open sourced browser. There were some
significant differences in early versions of Chromium which stopped me
from using it, but the functionality of recent versions of Chrome and
Chromium is equal.
9. Some P2P fun from Danijel:
One of the first thing I install in Linux after reinstallation is
qbittorrent. After making a permanent switch from windows, I was
looking for an alternative to utorrent, but most of the clients were
either too bulky (azureus), unstable or lacking in features (transmission),
then accidentally I stumbled upon this puppy. A great mix of lightweight,
feature rich (magnet, rss, queue, dht, nat-pmp, ipfilter, speed limiting etc..),
well maintained torrent client with the best WebUI I've ever seen. And
it is even cross-platform!
10: Norberto, music:
I wanted to talk about my favorite piece of software: foobar2000. It is a
music player application for Windows, but one could easily be summarized as
the Swiss Army knife of audio-related tools. It's so much more than just
the average music player, it has a plug-in system that extends the
capabilities of the program to a level that allows the user to manipulate
audio files in a wide range of ways. It was created by a group of
audiophiles and the contribution of the most respectable members of an
online community called HydrogenAudio.org. The developers strived to
achieve the highest level of fidelity in audio reproduction while keeping
performance in mind. Some of the foobar2000's features include: ReplayGain
compatibility; batch file operations, metadata manipulation; CD playing and
ripping; library-like organization; customisable user interface; file
transcoding to and from a selection of a large list of lossy codecs like
AAC, Vorbis, and also their lossless counterparts like FLAC and WavPack;
among many others. All of this capabilities are tightly packaged in a very
powerful tool that will prove to quench anybody's thirst for a better, more
feature-filled audio player.
So there you go, the contest, the winners, everything. I'd like to thank to everyone who chose to participate. If your name does not show up on this list, do not lament. I did promise to be subjective, so I selected the entries that I liked the best, style and software choice wise. Still, there will be future competitions and special offers, so stay tuned for updates.
It turned out to be a global competition, with people from the United States, Canada, India, Poland, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Japan, and other countries sending their stuff. Anyhow, now it's up to you to follow up on this. Well, I hope the book will be enjoyable for you reading it as it was for me writing it.