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Submitted by Zach Thibeau on February 6, 2009 - 12:00pm

howdy all,

Just want y'all to know that I am going to be working on more releases of apps to come like NSISPortable and another release of DVDStylerPortable too. For DVDStylerPortable, I finally got around to fixing a small empty folder left behind in the appdata folder. NSISPortable is a project I took on from the other Zach on the team with the surname of Hudock. This is going to pre-release as soon as I package it up.

Source on SVN (mine, at least)

Ryan McCue's picture
Submitted by Ryan McCue on January 23, 2009 - 7:50am

I've personally wanted to have the launcher and installer source code on Subversion for a *long* time, it makes things so much easier.

So, I figured, I'd put my money (what little I have) where my mouth is, and as of today, both WinMerge Portable's source and Songbird Portable's source are available from

I'm not intending to include the original app's binaries on SVN, as SVN is no place for binaries. I've made one exception to this rule: sqlite3.exe is available with Songbird Portable as it's so small, and it's not part of Songbird itself.


Steve Lamerton's picture
Submitted by Steve Lamerton on January 22, 2009 - 11:20am

Just to let you know Toucan hit 2 milestones last week! The first was the release of Toucan 2.0.4 one week ago (January 15), the tenth release of Toucan. Also on Saturday (January 17) Toucan hit 500,000 downloads.

Thanks to everyone for their support in making this happen!

AllInOneAlarm [Help + Mapping of Features]

Nathan9222's picture
Submitted by Nathan9222 on January 6, 2009 - 8:19pm

This is my first blog post, but I need some help. How to you created Menus? Not tray menus but one that would be displayed under the title block? If you are familiar with ahk and know of a solution or can point me in the direction of it, I would really appreciate it. If you haven't already downloaded my application you can find it here.... any feedback, bug reports, or help with development would greatly help me.

Heading Upstream

Steve Lamerton's picture
Submitted by Steve Lamerton on December 6, 2008 - 2:27pm

Well I have just posted a patch to the wxWidgets Trac system, as far as I know the first time that has submitted a patch to an upstream project, and long may it continue! If you are interested the patch is here and it implements the setting of directory timestamps on Windows. Nothing fancy, but hopefully a solid start for helping other projects.

When to release?

Steve Lamerton's picture
Submitted by Steve Lamerton on December 3, 2008 - 12:44pm
This is just a post of my recent musings with regards to when to publish a release of a program:

So I have been thinking recently about how to deal with Toucan development in the future, specifically with regards to when to release new versions. Currently there is quite a long time between releases, which is fine if you aren’t affected by any bugs and are just looking forward to new features, but is a nuisance if you are affected by a bug. In the table below you can see the time between releases of Toucan so far:

Version Date

Portable Devices, Autorun and You.

Ryan McCue's picture
Submitted by Ryan McCue on December 3, 2008 - 8:28am

As you may have noticed, we get a lot of talk from users here on wondering why they get this box popping up when they plug their USB drives into the computer. The users simply expect the menu to come up without having to do anything else. As they say, if U3 can do it, why can't we?

The reason behind autorun being disabled is an extremely valid one: security. Some users argue that simply autorunning a piece of software can't do anything bad to their system. Well, let's take a look at a type of virus that has been around for quite a while: the boot sector virus.

Rising From The Ashes...

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Submitted by Ryan McCue on November 30, 2008 - 1:24am

And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which [...] it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis.