I think this is one of the major problems. There are some people (just average users) who read about Ogg Vorbis, they heard it sounds better then MP3 and they want to try it. So they get to the official webpage and they hope to get an official tool to convert their CDs to Ogg Vorbis. But what do they find? An outdated CLI encoder and obviously they have no idea how to use it. Then there are links to many programs and they have no idea which one to choose.Many people need to be told what to do. Use program X to create, tag and play the Ogg Vorbis files. This is all what they need. They are confused if there are more choices.Ogg Vorbis format has all the advantages you can imagine. So why only a few people (including me) use it? Wrong marketing and missing easy to use tools and guides. All the development is not concentrated in one places and there are no good informations for end users. If you want to be successful, you have to concentrate on end users.
I don't understand. RareWares should limit the number of encoders/decoders to 10, or less, ranked with ease of use, platforms, etc. That would make it dead simple to figure out for the 'average joe' user and if people started using Lancer, you'd be amazed how many people would ditch crappy Ogg encoders/other encoders, I'm sure.
............. In fact the site just needs a new design providing better organisation of the information in it.
One suggestion for RareWares:Split the page into 2 sections, recent/current releases, and prior releases. Put some whitespace between the sections. Give each section an easy to understand title, e.g. "Current Releases" and "Prior Releases".
Thanks for the suggestion. A good idea if you ask me.The site is getting a new design as you already know (I'm working with RJ on that part) and he/john/we will also be dividing the download pages into more digestible bites, but as far as I know, john and/or RJ haven't yet figured out how to divide the pages yet, so I'm sure they'll appreciate your suggestion and any others' for that matter.
I'm dividing it by applications (as the Vorbis page is now) and not by versions (as the LAME page is now). That will hopefully make browsing easier and, most importantly, updating the pages when a new version is released won't be a nightmare.
I'm reorganizing and converting the pages slowly but surely. I wish I could do it faster, but university demands that I learn Java for yesterday, and LORD GOD I CAN'T UNDERSTAND %#^!& OBJECT ORIENTATION.
advocating Object-Oriented Programming is like advocating Pants-Oriented Clothing
Also, we'll be giving each category a nice and clear explanation, right?
i agree with all the design recommendations so far. it's funny, but if you had only seen what roberto's first design was back in the day you would be so much more horrified than with what we have now.
Dunno, will depend on my inspiration at the moment...
lol, at first i was like "who is this naylor83 character?" then i realized...hi david
So, howzzit progrezzzing?
While the design is not finalized yet, I'll give a suggestion.This page, for instance:http://www.rarewares.org/mp3.htmlThe "Download" links should be indented too, preferably with a smallish PNG or GIF icon.
Without asking Roberto for permission, I'll give you a little preview:http://davidnaylor.org/temp/rw.png
Quote from: naylor83 on 26 April, 2007, 05:50:46 PMWithout asking Roberto for permission, I'll give you a little preview:http://davidnaylor.org/temp/rw.pngOH NOES! The cat is out of the bag.Now, David, I'll sue you on the same terms Sony sued Lik-Sang into oblivion (for hurting their ability to exploit the "excitement and anticipation of the market" WRT the PSP launch in Europe). Prepare your lawyers, f00!
aaaaanyway...It seems the motherboard on my primary PC fried out of absolutely undetectable reasons - I normally turned it off to go to bed last saturday, and on sunday it simply wouldn't turn on. I'm now using my secondary PC, which is an underpowered Linux kit. I've gone from Athlon64 3000+ with 4Gb RAM to Duron with 256Mb RAM. I guess you understand that I'm not particularly thrilled to use this machine for anything other than the absolutely necessary.
On the other hand you could just put up a cms and be done with it.
As for the Duron, i have a Duron, only i upgraded its 256MiB ram to 1GiB some months ago. Too bad java needs the memory, but i remember running azureus with 256 successfully...
I would like to know what motherboard brand was that, and if you had your machine grounded, voltage regulator, etc. Its possible a faulty PSU (which are so common) caused the problem.