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Welcome to the August 2013 DaniWeb Digest

Become a DaniWeb Vendor today

Are you a technology vendor? Great, we are not surprised that you found your way to DaniWeb as it's a great one-stop-shop as far as support, social interaction and customer engagement are concerned. But did know that DaniWeb can provide a hosted solution for all your technical support needs? Being a DaniWeb vendor is all about engaging with your customers, and with an existing community of more than a million IT professionals the chances are pretty high that your products and services are already being discussed here. We all appreciate that, today more than ever, it's vitally important for business to do community outreach. So why not go directly to where your products are being talked about, where your customers have already found ad-hoc support? Your customers will appreciate receiving firsthand assistance directly from the source, strengthening loyalty amongst your customer base. Plus, you don't have to deal with the headache of developing, managing and moderating an in-house support system. DaniWeb vendors receive a 'Vendor' badge next to all their posts so that your company stands out as a trusted authority. By using our custom article tags it's easy to find all the relevant content surrounding your products and services. Want a dedicated live chat room where you can engage with your customers in a real time environment? You got it! How about us hosting unlimited white papers about your products and services for free? Yep, you got that as well. What's more, you can use our API to create a white-labeled, robust Q&A and live chat system that utilizes our system under the hood.

Best of all, there is no charge to become a DaniWeb Vendor: it's absolutely free. So what are you waiting for, drop an email to DaniWeb Business Development ( and find out more...

Spiceworks embraces DaniWeb API integration

Spiceworks, a social business platform for IT professionals with more than 2 million members, has recently integrated the 'Login with DaniWeb' feature of the DaniWeb API into the Spiceworks user registration system. You can try it out for yourself here and if you do then you will notice that signing up is a very straightforward process, without the need for email confirmation as you will already be authorised as a DaniWeb member. You'll notice that you get to keep your DaniWeb avatar when using the system. You also get access to the Spiceworks IT community, access to a bunch of tools to simplify your IT day including plugins to customize your Spiceworks Desktop. Spiceworks, a DaniWeb advertiser, is 100% free as it is in turn sponsored by tech vendor advertisers itself. DaniWeb CEO and Founder, Dani Horowitz, says "personally, I'm super excited that their dev team has integrated the Login with DaniWeb feature of our API into their registration flow."

Member of the Month

This month we are delighted to welcome Michael McDonald (mmcdonald) into the exclusive DaniWeb Member of the Month CLub. Although he has been with us less than a year, Michael has already made a great impression within the community here. His 84% post quality score across 210 contribution is testament to that. If you want to bump into Michael, then your best bet is to hang around in the PHP forum as that's where he spends most of his time it would seem, at least if the 140 posts there are anything to go by. Michael came to our attention not only as he has proven himself keen to help others, but also because of something he said when welcoming a new DaniWeb member in the Community Introductions forum. His words pretty much sum up what we believe DaniWeb is all about, and resonate with everyone who helps make this community such a great place to hang out. Here's what he said: "You won't learn faster anywhere else. If I've learnt one thing here it's that respect the community and they respect you back. Ask the right questions and your learning curve will spike." So, without any further ado, let's find out a little more about mmcdonald...

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

I'm from London, and I'm still here causing the whole city aggro!

How old are you?


What is your current occupation?

I'm the COO for a start-up online training company called Study Bubble.

What is your favorite OS and why?

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Period. I've been using this OS on all of my web servers pretty much since its release. It's such a smooth OS with impressive reliability, security and functionality. I must admit that I've started to migrate to 12.04 and I've spotted a few quirky feature that really impressed me; so I could end up sticking with 12.04 for good. If you're asking about desktop OS then my answer is easy and I don't need to think about it! Windows 7, Windows 7 and Windows 7. I'm one of those tech guys who hates Apple with a passion and always use a Linux or Windows OS and I believe I’ve experienced 8-10 different desktop operating systems. Windows 7 was user friendly, it’s GUI made sense, you could find and use something without having to read a manual, it responded and best of all – it was quite enjoyable to use. The best OS for reliability though has to be Windows XP professional… but I’ll hush now as I could go on forever! What an evil question…

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

Erm… Google. Good ol’ Google.

What makes you stay here?

I’ve been teaching myself programming for a little while now and I must say I have never found a forum as responsive, effective and friendly as DaniWeb. If your questions are genuine and you’re not fooling or being lazy, then there are some highly skilled individuals who are on hand to help. I love it!

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

Woah… are there enough bytes available for this answer? I’ll list them! Falconry, Gaming, gaming again, rifle shooting, aviation, rock climbing, business, operations management, project management and all things similar. There we go; I managed to keep that one fairly short.

Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?

The best feature on DaniWeb for me has got to be the email notification for watched articles. It makes it so easy to stay engaged in your topics. I think it would be pretty awesome if DaniWeb had a section full of ‘Official’ tutorials which was broken down into sub sections. For example, under the Web Dev tab there could be a straightforward guide about Salting written and submitted by skilled individuals among the community. We refer a lot of users elsewhere for quality guides but wouldn’t it be great to have a community built wiki right here on DaniWeb?

Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?

Hmmm… I’ve had over 3,000 hours playing time in an MMORPG. Pretty geeky right. I flew my first aircraft aged 13 and shot my first weapon aged 13. I’m the youngest every entrepreneur to successfully have a pitch approved by CrowdCube. I love burger sauce. I love the cold weather… GIVE ME MY WINTER BACK.

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