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|Aug-18-18|| ||sneaky sqeeky: Daniel once had 6 computers going. Now just one and a phone, and his ipad.|
|Aug-18-18|| ||Dionysius1: Heh <Daniel>! IF this is an orchestrated incident to purge cg.com of its less savoury bits (who will wander away in a week or two), then more power to you, and it'd be great to hear from you. If not, then my apologies to relatives and interims - just wishful thinking. Dion|
|Aug-18-18|| ||al wazir: In response to my query, <Daniel> once mentioned that he had put in ~300 hours all told writing the software for this site.|
There probably isn't much demand for more chess sites exactly like this one, but I think a generic version could be packaged and sold to other people who want to maintain a forum for round-table discussions on multiple topics.
A sports forum. Instead of chess games, the database could comprise box scores.
Food discussions. Database of recipes.
Handicrafts. Database of projects.
Knitting/sewing/crocheting center. Database of patterns.
I don't how many potential customers there would be or much a customer would be willing to pay, so I can't say what the package would retail for. In any case, it would have to be made a lot more user-friendly, which means writing a comprehensive manual.
|Aug-18-18|| ||zanzibar: <Dion> we wish, we wish...|
<al w> you forgot <S&M>, the real money-maker.
|Aug-18-18|| ||al wazir: <zanzibar: you forgot <S&M>, the real money-maker.> Actually, I didn't. I thought of that and several others equally louche.|
But I didn't mention them because they are already more than adequately represented on the Internet.
|Aug-19-18|| ||AylerKupp: <al wazir> A lot depends on what he meant by "writing" the software. Was that just for the initial version that went live? This site has been considerably enhanced over the years with many new features and the initial version is almost unrecognizable, at least functionally, from the current version. I suspect that the effort spent on the enhancements were many times greater than the effort spent in getting the initial version to go live.|
Then there is the effort of maintenance. Again, the effort in fixing bugs and enhancing the efficiency of the software has likely been many times greater than the initial effort.
Finally, there is the effort of content creation. Collection of the information embedded in this site and converting it to a common format for use took a significant amount of effort. Then there is the day to day effort of policing the site, organizing and managing the efforts of those who are working on the site, and many other little things that are not visibly obvious.
I think that this site was a labor of love and unless someone with comparable dedication can be found, I am not confident of this site's long term prospects, particularly since the financial rewards are probably not great.
|Aug-19-18|| ||frogbert: <Again, the effort in fixing bugs and enhancing the efficiency of the software has likely been many times greater than the initial effort.>|
I'm quite sure you're absolutely right in that respect, <AK>.
|Aug-19-18|| ||sneaky sqeeky: This site was a labour of love indeed for Danny. The venue for chess players is rather sparse. Luckily, the Alley Oops are coming up to the plate.|
|Aug-19-18|| ||zanzibar: <sqeeky> that's one ref I missed as I was hammering away on my freestyle the other night on <Rogoff>.|
Should have thought of it, it's a good'un.
|Aug-19-18|| ||sneaky sqeeky: Onward|
|Aug-20-18|| ||zanzibar: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4116...|
|Aug-20-18|| ||cu8sfan: O my... I was away for a while, sometimes lurking on the site but not posting very often. Then these last couple of weeks I was really away and when I come back I get hit with the news. I am very sad to hear of Daniel's passing. We have interacted a couple of times when I was more active and I was always awed by his dedication to the site. My heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family. I am speechless now. (._.)|
|Aug-20-18|| ||sneaky sqeeky: Thank you for your condolences. As his mother I am speechless too|
|Aug-20-18|| ||JimNorCal: We can't know for sure that DF himself wrote this bit from the CG home page but it matches the sentiments expressed by so many of the people here:|
"(CG is) ... the internet's oldest and best chess learning community. You are encouraged to participate and learn from players stronger than yourself, while guiding those who are weaker."
I feel like I've played both roles here at various times. I remain grateful to the commenters who have shown me hidden facets of beauty and shared obscure bits of knowledge.
|Aug-20-18|| ||Doniez: I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Michael Freedam. I didn’t know him personally but I re-started playing chess some years ago due to this amazing website. I really feel so sad for his passing away. From Italy, GRAZIE for all you’ve done for chess. Donatello.|
|Aug-20-18|| ||Willber G: <Doniez: I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Michael Freedam.>|
Daniel Freeman - his name is at the top of the page.
|Aug-20-18|| ||jith1207: <Sneaky Sqeeky>: Was Daniel Freeman familiar with any other language? Any European languages?|
|Aug-20-18|| ||zanzibar: <jith1207> he spoke perfect <PGN> (American/German) although with a Reverse Polish accent on player names. He also spoke perfect <Perl> (American) and was fluent in <PHP> (Danish/Canadian)!|
|Aug-20-18|| ||AylerKupp: <zanzibar> The use of "perfect" and "Perl" in the same sentence is a non sequitur. That's just my opinion, of course.|
But "There's more than one way to do it!" only really counts in sex and a few other endeavours, not computer languages. Another opinion.
|Aug-20-18|| ||zanzibar: <AK> seriously funny, or funnily serious(?), as always. |
(I'm a Python-guy myself).
|Aug-21-18|| ||Doniez: My mistake <<Willber G>>. Thank you for the correction. Anyway, my sincerest condolences to Daniel Freeman family. And again, a big GRAZIE for his efforts at CG.|
|Aug-21-18|| ||sneaky sqeeky: Daniel took a little German in prep school
I thought Spanish would have been a better choice. I took advanced French literature in college. 8 years in all. Forgot most of it.
|Aug-21-18|| ||AylerKupp: <zanzibar> Me too. It's the difference between a language designed by a mathematician and a language designed by a linguist. To me the use of indentation (which you want to use anyway) to delimit block structure without having to use explicit language constructs is the ultimate in elegance and conciseness. Then again, I'm easily impressed.|
|Aug-21-18|| ||john barleycorn: < sneaky sqeeky: Daniel took a little German in prep school ...>|
Danke, Fräulein S.
How long are you planning to maintain this farce?
|Aug-21-18|| ||zanzibar: BTW- I think it much more polite and appropriate to address <sqeeky> as Frau and not Fräulein.|
Some people really should better mind their manners, and the recommendation of their betters:
<Nowadays, style guides and dictionaries recommend that all women be addressed as Frau regardless of marital status, particularly in formal situations.>
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