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I’m still standing

Although I haven’t posted any news in a while, I just wanted to post a quick update.  I have been doing some outside work the past few months, and it is now complete.  For reasons that I’m sure you all can understand, these outside projects must take priority over my shareware/freeware development.  Above all, I have to pay the bills. I will be posting Speedy Shopper 2.0 ASAP, as well as continuing work on 7stacks in my spare time.  I am also going to be working on some iPhone/Android apps (which is where the future is, let’s be honest). One quick note about Popup Calendar.  A recent screwup by me caused an old version of Popup Calendar (3.5) to be posted on the site, instead of the current version (3.53).  If you download Popup Calendar, you will now get the new version.  Sorry about the...

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The new site is here!

As you can obviously see, our new site is online.  I’d like to thank those who wrote in with suggestions for features, as well as links to plugins.  I’d also like to thank all the people who sent in testimonials.  I’m still adding more testimonials, so if you’d like to send us some kudos, let us know via our “Contact us” form.  I’m also finishing out a few things here and there, such as app FAQs, video tutorials, etc.  So stay tuned. Also, make sure to check out the social links on the home page, where I am regularly posting.  And if you like what we’re doing, we’d really appreciate a Like on our Facebook fan page.  I also post regularly on Twitter, not only on Alastria news, but on some tech news stories here and there.  I’m also Digging sites every few days, and constantly bookmarking sites on...

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Testimonials Needed

As I said in my previous post, I’m putting together a new site design. It’s about 75% complete; and I need you to help me! If you like and use 7stacks, Speedy Shopper, Popup Calendar, or Popup Calendar Lite, we’d love it if you sent us your testimonial about it. Whatever feature(s) you like most… Whether it saved you time, money, just looked cool, or whatever! Either send me a @ reply on twitter, or send me an email. If you send an email, we will only use your first name and last initial, and your hometown if you’d like to include it (i.e. “Derek M., Charlotte NC”). If you tweet me, I’ll use your twitter handle (with a link), and hopefully send some followers your way. And, thanks to all our loyal customers and fans out...

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Speedy Shopper, and a new site

Thought I’d update you all on what’s going on. Please don’t think that because I’m not posting news, that nothing is happening behind the scenes. Far from it. Right now, I have been working on several projects simultaneously. After finishing an outside gig, I’ve been working on Speedy Shopper primarily, and 7stacks when I’ve gotten stuck on a part of Speedy Shopper. I’ve also devoted a few days here an there to that secret project I mentioned a while ago. Speedy Shopper is a project that I believe in a lot, but doesn’t necessarily translate to being a big seller because of its highly specialized nature. Nonetheless, I hate shipping anything that I consider substandard, but at some point, as any good artist will tell you, “the painting must be done.” Therefore, I will be releasing Speedy Shopper 2.0 within the next few weeks, and allow people to use it. As I have stated before, anyone who purchased v1 will get a free upgrade to v2. But before all that, however, I will be unveiling a new site design. This current design is getting quite long in the tooth. I will be using a WordPress design, but more as a CMS, not necessarily a blog. I’m also considering implementing a forum for users to ask/answer questions. Any WordPress gurus out there know the best way to implement this to eliminate spam? If so, please email me. But with the new design’s blogging and Twitter integration, I will try to blog (and microblog) some more than I do now. However, I’m not, nor will I claim to be, some kind of Robert Scoble or Joel Spolsky. I don’t think people really want to hear my thoughts on theories of software UI design or the latest episode of Mythbusters. (Or, maybe you do?) At any rate, I will, however, start posting more, at least once every couple of weeks, to give you all a heads-up into what’s going on. That’s all for...

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Follow me on Twitter!

If you’d like to keep informed about the latest releases for our software, either follow me on Twitter, or do a hash search, like #7stacks.

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Coming up for air

I’ve been busy hunkered down in Casa de Alastria, clacking away on the keyboard like a madman. And the fruits of my labor are about to be revealed. I’m about to release 3 apps .. 2 new apps and 1 update. First, the update is to Speedy Shopper 2.0. Circumstances beyond my control have caused me to have a severe delay in the development of this. But Beta 1 has been used by about a dozen beta testers for a while now, and no one seems to be having problems. So I plan on releasing a final beta within the next 2 weeks. The final version still has to have documentation written for it (and yes, that’s taking a lot longer than expected). And since a couple people have asked .. No, I won’t release a final version without proper documentation (help files, tutorials, etc.), because its unprofessional, IMO. If you take the time to use my software, the least I should do is help you learn about it. The 2 new apps will be not be shareware apps .. they will be free, donationware apps. They are not complex enough to warrant registration codes and locking everything down. Instead, I am trying an experiment. If you like either app, and use it, you can PayPal a donation to us. If you don’t want to donate, feel free to use the app anyway. I can’t really say much about these apps, other than they are Windows 7-specific, and are inspired by OS X. They come from my own experience with using the 7 beta and RC. They take advantage of 7’s new features to further the user interface of 7. I use them both every day, and they make using 7 much easier. The first app will be out within a day or so. The release schedule for it has been bumped up a few days, since LifeHacker has shown a series of similar apps to mine recently (I thought I was the only one working on this, but I guess I was wrong). Mine has been in development for only about 6 weeks, and is still (brag mode on) superior to them in many ways (brag mode off). I also expect a Hive Five of these apps to appear at any time, and my name needs to be in that hat. The second app will be out within...

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