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DallanC
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

I must have missed the news reports where so many people recently won their state lotteries, judging from the amount of donations recently Very Happy

I just wanted to give a hearty THANK YOU for those that donated to help cover expenses here. Some of the donaters did it anonymously hence a public thanking is in order.

HuntingNut started as a hobby and its been astounding to see how much it has grown over the years. It was amazing to me when we hit 1,000,000 page views. Has anyone checked the stats recently? We just broke 7,000,000 and are averaging over 300,000 views per month now! It took years to hit 300,000 total views 8O.

I appreciate all the friendship and support over the years, and that so many people find visiting here worthwhile. We have a great community of good people that visit here and I'm glad to get to know you all.

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I need to shift gears a moment, and make couple comments about PointBlank v2.0 because I get a ton of emails asking about it. The original v2.0 I started writing in a different programming language because due to its popularity, knowing it would help me out long term in my occupation. What developed looked promising, functionality wise it was superior in almost every way to v1.8a ... but behind the scenes, the programming was turning into an unfortunate mess and getting hard to maintain.

I discussed this with a friend who is much more experienced with the programming language, and he let me know about several techniques I was not taking advantage of. With this new knowledge in hand, I ran some test experiments and found I could simplify my overall design 10 fold. So, about 6 weeks ago I gutted the v2.0 and have been rebuilding from the ground up. It has simplified things tremendously. I have put approx 200 hours into this latest version over the past few weeks and it is progressing quickly. Overall functionality is also cleaner and easier to use. I dropped the database format v2.0 was originally going to use for a snazzy XML based database. Its way cool and works great.

PointBlank might not seem to be at the surface, but it is a complex little program that takes a lot of time to create properly. Perhaps if I skimpted on a few features it could write it quicker, but I think the end result is much better. I am making a big push to get a new version out the door as quickly as I can, and I really feel the end is in sight.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Dallan,

We appreciate you starting this site. It is something I would not be able to accomplish because I just don't have the time. Giving some earned income is the best I could ever do.

Thanks again for all you have accompished with the blog and PointBlank.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Dallan,
You are one hard working son-of-a-gun. I have been waiting patiently for news and am glad to hear that you found a way to make it easier on yourself.
Thanks for all the work, time and money that you have put into this entire project.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Dallan, all I can say is thanks for your effort! Not only have you done an excellent job with PointBlank, you've also got one of the best sites on the web for sharing good info and good talk.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Dallan, I can only reiterate what the others above have said.

Thanks for you time and efforts mate. From the stats that you show, you have achieved what a lot of bigger organisations have tried to do, and failed.

Cheers, Vince

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

You have done wonders with HuntingNut Dallan you should be proud of this site it's a great place to hangout. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Not much more can be said except Party Well done Dallan

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Re: Recient Donations & PointBlank update Reply with quote

Keep it up Laughing Cool Smile Very Happy Surprised Wink Popcorn

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