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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
I kept this quiet from all you guys but I relaunched my website and app the other day, on the 10th of Jan. After an initial hiccup with the way my app did something (negative feedback from a user on MajorGeeks), I thanked him for his comments, changed my app a bit to address his concerns, and released an update on 12th Jan.
I came home just now from my day job, and WTF, I have my first sale waiting in my Inbox! :) It's only a small first sale (I charge $9 to upgrade my freemium app to deluxe), but I don't give a damn: I'm happy! A sale within 4 days of launch... how good is that! The lovely email: http://i.imgur.com/ulrjME4.png
Now, the punchline: I released this app before under a different name and website that I gave up on, almost a year ago. You may remember it: http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.857920.46
The moral? *Never* give up. Keep trying. And this time, even if the app gets a keygen again, I don't care -- I'll keep it online.
Thanks to all of you here for your advice in the past. You've certainly been a part of this success, because I always took what you said on board. And even though some of you will still say the new website looks dated, I don't care -- I know it sells anyway. :)
I also know the hard work is now starting. I have 2 more apps close to being released now too, so I will add them soon and then have a "bundle" price where basically people can pay for 2 apps and get the 3rd free. I'm hoping the "bargain" aspect of that will encourage that bulk payment instead of a single app payment.
Well done! It's a nice feeling. Your site doesn't look too bad at all. Enjoyed looking at your Psion Series 3c stuff as well. I loved my Psion until the hinges broke!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
>P.S. If people appreciated the true meaning of the expression "bugger me", they'd probably use it less often :D
It has a rather interesting etymology:
"Bugger—also bowgard, bouguer (ancient French – bougre): from Latin – Bulgarus, a name given to a sect of heretics who were thought to have come from Bulgaria in the 11th century, afterwards to other "heretics" to whom abominable practices were imputed in an abusively disparaging manner."
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I used it in this context: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bugger+me
Definitely an Australianism.
You may remember the Toyota ad which reinforced the term as being as part of the generally accepted vernacular as dole bludger and dunny.
(the French subtitled translation - Merde - is off too)
Congrats of that first sale!
It's always a very nice feeling that you've built something useful enough for somebody else to pay :)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
PSB136, that's kangarootastic! Congratulations from 9,000+ miles away, and keep at it.
My goal at this point (having dragged out a project for so long the whole state of the field has moved past where I was when I started, thus making my project less suitable now) is just one sale, just as a moral victory. So this is inspiring.
Perseverance is important. Keep doing the right things to sell a second license and then the third.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thanks everyone. :)
BTW, I only "advertised" it at MajorGeeks to get that first sale; nowhere else. I even purposely avoided making a PAD file because I hated the PAD experience so much from last time (got heaps of spam, and problems with the PAD repository -- never rely on a third party to "approve" your app!).
I noticed other websites started posting it after MajorGeeks, so it seems a lot of sites leech its content. Fine by me!
It's now also listed at Softpedia, and soon Download.com (but I will ask them NOT to wrap it in their installer). I'll see how they go before publishing anywhere else.
Done some more minor work on it for an update release, but holding off for now; don't want to release too many, too soon. Probably in February. Will finish the other 2 apps first and get them on my site too.
Delighted for ya dude!
Hope it's the first of many
Friday, January 16, 2015
Just spotted my first user review: http://i.imgur.com/0fppTjg.png
My app is a "valuable trinket" -- it's so good to see comments like that. :) Makes it all worthwhile.
Just got my second sale today! :) I'm starting to like how my Inbox looks: https://i.imgur.com/d0XNGM3.png
And I know what Han Solo would say to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0nyOyrprIs ;)
It solves the problem of manually closing all running apps and rebooting your PC to get it into a clean state. Rebooting is only needed after a software update or driver install, and not at any other time.
Imagine this: you've got about 3 folders open, and 2 browsers open, stuff is in the clipboard that's sensitive, Winamp is playing music, and you're finished working on an app which is still open but saved. It's now midnight and time to call it a day. Do you really want to close all those apps and windows one by one, before shutting down? Click each browser tab in the Taskbar, hit Alt+F4, move to the next app in the taskbar, hit Alt+F4, etc. Why not just run my app, which closes them all for you, clears the clipboard, frees all your PC's memory, and sets it up so it's like you just booted.
Then you just put your PC into Standby so that when you wake it the next morning, it's still in that clean state, and it starts up quicker than a real reboot would, too. In fact, the next version will have an option to automatically put your PC into Standby after the reset is done. So, think of the app as like an "Uber Sleep" button on your keyboard, but instead of just sleeping, it clears everything running first.
Ok, now I understand.
I usually work on a notebook at home and pressing the power button it hibernates, with all the editing windows still open.
At office we must switch the workstations off, click to shutdown, 8.1 tells me there are a couple of windows open, press close anyway...
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Holy crapoly... just got my third payment! http://i.imgur.com/Cm8bn0p.png
Not long now before your inevitable "Are you guys experiencing a sudden drop off in sales this month? What do you think is causing it?" post ;o)
(No seriously, that's a great landmark to reach and I look forward to that post lol)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
BTW, the other day I contacted Download.com and asked them to remove their Installer from my app's product page on their site. Just got this reply:
Thank you for contacting Upload.com. The installer has been disabled.
Please, let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.
Good to see they're honoring such requests. :) I just clicked the download button there and yep, it links directly to my Setup.exe on my site. Awesome!
You mentioned a keygen for your app...
I've seen for a long time that there's lots of purported keygens for my apps. But they are really nothing more than a virus payload wrapped up in my product name.
If there is really is a crack out there, I don't think it matters.
People who would risk everything to save a few bucks.... they are not my target market.
It ticks me off, but I am not going to spend all my time fretting about it or trying to get that shit removed from the internet. It's not worth it. If you want my product, buy it from me. Else.... take the big risk and wind up being owned.
"At office we must switch the workstations off, click to shutdown, 8.1 tells me there are a couple of windows open, press close anyway" -- Yes, but that's because you've finished for the day. My app is for when you're NOT finished working on the PC, but simply want to refresh it as though it was just rebooted. :)
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