I started learning to code because of these games in all honesty, over the last couple of weeks I've been working on an open source mafia game (with an installer and configuration page, control panel for moderators, etc) to allow inexperienced people to release their own version of the game (or to give experienced programmers a solid base to work from.)
At this stage I'm getting in the content, the gambling aspects of it, etc. and I am reaching the point where I will consider releasing it. About 90 hours have gone in to it so far at about 6 hours per day (I also have a 40 hour/week full time job with a 2 hour each way bus commute.)
I've come up against and defeated a lot of challenges, and the codebase is very clean and MVC based (I use php5, CodeIgniter and MySQL) so I'm genuinely proud that this revisit to my more youthful days has been a fruitful one. I plan to go live with a demo and release the source on github and via my personal website in about a week or two, depending on how I fare against what I have left to code.
We are trying to build something close to Trulia because our real estate sites suck bad.
We are still on alpha and only the main interface is working, but we will add a lot of statistics and analysis to it so it can become useful.
Coding on my free time with a friend and trying to find some money to work full time on it, but it's very very very hard to do that here in Brazil.
Opnions are welcome.
As always would love to have some feedback.
My goal with ThetaBoard is to keep it very simple and flexible. I think I've achieved that (which is good) but it makes marketing more difficult--it's hard to market "unspecific". And having Trello as a free 800lb gorilla doesn't help.
I have a full time job so it's not a huge priority for me right now--I'm just focused on building out new features people request (that make sense). It's growing on its own at a pace that keeps me interested.
it might take weeks to get a payment, you can route up paypal for it, make it a yearly payment one off fee or something. keep it low.
as soon as you have someone paying for it, your speed will greatly increase, you'll be working and focusing more on working around that person to make their experience top notch. you'll most likely receive an e-mail from that person soon. it's not your regular type of customer. this person is special, he/her will start e-mailing you with ideas. work with them, see what you can do to make it happen.
the rest will be history. if you reach this point, it'll go fast.
and just to add, in my last project, i've had to refund over 25 customers (my decision, didn't ask for it), since the service was down for a few days, some things went undetected, stuff like that. it helps making sure you work smarter and more aware moving forward.
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This is a great idea, I registered and already asked someone for help.
Writing the request was a bit tedious since it is limited to 400 characters and there is no counter.. so I had to open another browser window and find an online character counter.
The idea is great and people are really willing to help :).
I started making a website:
I kind of lost interest in my website when my Raspberry Pi arrived, and since I have been working on a home media centre. It's going quite well so far, I'm doing it in Perl, which seems to be quite a fun language.
It really is an MVP of a project currently and I would like to expand on it as I'm getting a backlog of cameras to list on the site even without any promotion - just good search engine rankings for popular phrases.
Lots of people are offering rewards in their posts too, a few people have said if I promoted the posts with rewards this would entice more people to help out but I don't think this is right.
I'd also like to monetize it in an unobtrusive way, just to cover its own running costs, as there's only so many projects that you can keep paying for.
I'd really appreciate feedback/suggestions.
After clicking on a found camera pin-point, I was a bit disappointed : I closed the left frame showing details of said camera and hoped for the map to show every other pin-points again. I tried zooming out, before understanding I had to either go back in my browser or to chose a top-menu item. IMO you should automatically go back to the "whole map" upon closing the specific left frame.
One thing I've learnt was that it is really easy to get distracted due to all context switches and conflict responsibilities. So I try my best to touch the code every day (even 1 line CSS change is good enough).
Have you considered making a web/mobile version? Email overload is one hot topic these days.
How about reimplementing the core logic in python and exposing it as library/API so that all kinds of web/mobile/plugin front ends can be built on top of it?
It's been moderately successful (as far as disposable email sites go) - there's about 5000 registered users, a few hundred active users, and after a year or so am on the 1st page google results for "disposable email". (I'm number 7 on the page, but at least it's the front page =)
Just finishing up the frontend, should be able to release this soon... if I find a good name, at least. Current working title is Filmnudger which I think is pretty damn bad, haha!
I've got a few domains that I bought for it which may suit! Drop me a mail if you'd like to exchange ideas, or talk about naming/domains.
http://isshort.com - URL Shortener that uses publisher-provided short URLs (flic.kr, n.pr, wp.me, etc)
My list of side projects from 2010,
Personal Finance Calculator (http://bit.ly/STAJ8n) helps you to calculate Loan Interest rate.
Baby Names (http://bit.ly/STAJ8n)Provides List of Baby names and their meaning
Mobile Number Tracker(http://bit.ly/STAIkI) provides caller info based on the mobile number (Only India).
Mobile Number Tracker US (http://bit.ly/PGakKz)
Juicy Fun (http://bit.ly/Ub7IRv) physics game
Atom Ace (http://bit.ly/UxZ6F9) a different kind of puzzle.
London Tube Map (http://bit.ly/QqAXo7) shows london tube statues.
Movie Theaters (http://bit.ly/SwedyD ) shows info about latest movies and movie theaters which plays them.
2) http://my.groceries.io/ Input your grocery stores, then aisles in the order you travel through them. Then make your grocery list and eventually through use remembers which aisles to find your items
3) http://www.gifttracker.net/ Family members each have an account, enter gifts they want, and reserve gifts to avoid duplicates. NB doesn't run under https, been meaning to take care of this. If you want to try it out keep that in mind, pick a test password.
Currently, payments are handled by Paypal.
Right now I'm looking into Bitcoin and bit-pay to enable bitcoin payments into FS.
There are a few user experience challenges that I have to work out first though (see https://github.com/freedomsponsors/www.freedomsponsors.org/i...)
FS is open source on Github.
Any kind of collaboration and feedback is very welcome :-)
Next evening (now it's evening in Russia :) ) I replace this service to ptweet.com, make it more sexy and write "How to" for my blog (I guess).
I am also looking for ideas for my next side project that I will use as an opportunity to get a better understanding of Flask & Angular.js. So, if you aren't able to work on it yourself, let me know if you would like to get some web app that you wish existed.
The main reason for making it was to have a way to get information from devices you don't have access to. For example if your client complains that your app doesn't work with her device, you just instruct her to install Device Debug and email the info to you.
By default it simply saves your receipt images to your camera roll. If you link with Dropbox, it will upload them there.
As of today it's $0.99 in the App Store. You can find it here:
I'd love to know if anyone else thinks this is feasible/useful.
As far as being feasible is concerned it depends on your resources and what you want from it. Do you want to earn money through it? Do you have the skills to develop and market it properly? Is there a paying market? These questions depends on research and lots of ifs and buts. So, it depends.
Wrote about it at http://hboon.com/how-a-developer-spent-a-weekend-with-his-de....
(For you US guys, we're just about to add a wave of ~100 US stores)
I have written apps for Symbian, MeeGo and J2ME (not happy with the last one). As well I have BlackBerry PlayBook version ready for upload to App World.
Edit: When I find some time, I'd really like to improve upon this and document it.
It's a little like stocktwits but many more sources and much more focused on just news, as fast as it happens.
http://themepiggy.com - Open source themes based on bootstrap - written in padrino - still a work in progress - I really need to get more themes up there as well and finish off some of the code
Thanks for the thread, I would never have the guts do a "Show HN" post with my project.
http://www.sizeall.com site for comparing things by real size on screen
http://www.newswebreader.com web Usenet client (three pane, like Thunderbird)
Keeps track of viewer counts of video game streams.
A mobile and chrome news database app for a very specific niche - high school extemporaneous speech students
Information about eyeballs on video games.
Was debating .TV too but 25$/year was a bit too pricey for a one off side project.
also going to pull Twitter and FB updates to see if i can determine the influence social media has on stock price movements
2. Not all side projects are yet developed. Some may never be ready for a Show HN but I want to know about them.
3. I find it informative to talk to developers when they are still developing it. This is the time they talk about problems and solutions and don't make a marketing pitch.
4. Main reason : I want to know what problems people are currently working on. It helps me in brainstorming and getting ideas for my own side projects.