It is hard to believe that our last official fund raiser was in mid October of 2004. As a member of the community you might think that represents a lot of success for our fund raising efforts as we have done fund raisers as often as every few months. Nothing could be further from truth. In actuallity we were already behind when a $100 a month sponsor was forced to pull out. Fortunately his heartfelt plea was amazingly successful at replacing over a year of his sponsorship. Unfortunately we did not come close to replacing the sponsorship amount. Having been so busy we have not been able to do a fund raiser and it occurs to me our developers need something special for Christmas. Will you help make that happen?
Normally we like to have something fun to announce, but right now we are all so busy... In fact we will have three distinct and fun announcements within a few weeks. We've been working on them all, but time is short. Here's what I want our user base to know. Andras is an incredible asset, but he's terribly underpaid. I need to give him a raise. He has financial needs and we don't want him to be forced to be lured away for those needs, do we? My business is finally starting to really do well, but I need to reinvest. My return gift is planned and in the works. It is an investment in several superior ways to raise funds and it's going to take thousands of dollars of my money. I'm not going to discuss them at the moment because I'll be too busy to do much of my usual chatting for the next week. I just hope our users can help out for what could be the last of these drives. One more time for Andras.
Of course he is not the only developer we sponsor. There is also Kommander. This year Michal got married and for some time was too busy to work on Kommander. I also owe him money and we have been very close to releasing some new and fun things like database tools that integrate into Quanta. Kommander is planned to have new features that will make it much more powerful and exciting. It has the potential to be the easiest and most powerful tool a non programmer can use to quickly make and share utilities and extentions to existing programs. Now that Michal is available I have not even had much time to talk with him, but I want to be working with him on that, and it will require more funds.
I'm really sorry we couldn't get all our holiday surprises ready for you in time, but we will have some fun announcements soon after. I hope you can help me to show some appreciation to our sponsored developers. We need donations, but we especially want new sponsors. Many people are getting a lot of value from Quanta and Kommander. If you are, please consider returning a little. As good as these applications are we have grand plans for improvements we know you'll love. You can help us to work on them without the distraction of having to look for money. My best to everyone for the holidays.