It's a new year 2016 (ok, it is nearly 3 weeks old now).
What are we going to be doing at Goodsol in 2016?
Mainly, Windows 10.
Windows 10 is out and it looks successful to me. In the past month, of the visitors to Goodsol.com running Windows, 42% were already running Windows 10. 34% were running Windows 7, 15% were on Windows 8.1, 5% were on Windows XP, and 3% were running Windows Vista. Almost no one is running Windows 8.0 anymore. And then there were those 15 people running Windows 98 (congratulations, maybe it's time for new computer?). It is pretty remarkable for a new version of Windows to be the most popular version after only 6 months.
The first big Goodsol event of 2016 will be version 16 of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows, which is coming in just a couple of weeks. Version 16 will have 20 new games for a total of 900 games. That will actually be the largest number of new games in a single new version of Pretty Good Solitaire for Windows since 2007 (which, perhaps not coincidentally, is when the Mac version of Pretty Good Solitaire first came out).
But even though the new games alone make this the biggest new release in nearly a decade, there is much more. There will be 2 new larger card sizes in version 16 for very large resolution screens. These new card sizes for screens of resolutions of 1600x1200 or higher, which is true on many new monitors or Windows 10 devices. In addition, many of the game screens, especially the game winning screen and the statistics screen, have been made larger. The entire Favorites system was redone, so now you can delete a game from Favorites from inside the game as well as add it. And there are many more little changes.
Version 16.0 is the version of Pretty Good Solitaire developed in Windows 10, so many of the changes are designed to make the game look better or run better on Windows 10. But for those 5% of you still on Windows XP, don't worry, the game will still work on Windows XP (and Vista, 8, 8.1, and of course the still very popular Windows 7). We won't be giving up Windows XP compatibility soon, but given that there are no more security updates for it people should be moving to a newer system soon anyway.
But going forward it is clear that Windows 10 is the future and building out new versions of our games for Windows 10 will be our focus in 2016. There will still be updates to the Mac and iPad versions (in fact one is in the works), but Windows 10 is our priority this year.
Last summer, it appeared Ace had very little time to live. At one point she appeared to be going downhill so fast, we thought maybe she had only days to live.
But while she keeps getting smaller, she has survived. She has hyperthyroidism and gets fluids every day. She is louder and more demanding than she has ever been (she never made a sound or demanded anything for years, but now she does). She seems to be enjoying life and has become a good lapcat (she never did that when she was young). She is now 16.5 years old and there's no telling how much longer she will go, but she made it into 2016.
Pumpkin had a couple of ear infections over the summer and got another one in the fall, but since then she has been healthy. She is now over 11 years old.
Random hasn't had any problems but really needs to go on a diet.
I'm not sure I would buy an iPhone without a headphone jack. I have headphones/earphones all over the house, since it is annoying to carry them around. They all work in all devices - iPhone, iPad, computers (Apple or otherwise), Kindles, etc. Having headphones that only work in an iPhone (or only Apple devices) is absurd.
If Apple does this and when it comes time for me to buy a new phone (which is probably later this year, given that my phone is over 2 years old), I will probably buy an older iPhone that still has the real headphone jack, or consider another kind of phone. I'm not buying a phone that I cannot plug my existing headphones into. It's just not gonna happen.
After reading the book and writing the review, I started using the techniques in the book to gain Twitter followers. Every day.
When I read the book, I had 500 followers. In the first week after reading it, I gained 200 followers. Then I did a 1 to 1 consultation with the author (who was offering them at the time free to people who bought the book, I don't think that offer still stands now). The consultation was done using direct messages on Twitter. When the consultation started, I had 704 followers. Later that same day it went over 1000 and later in the week it was over 2000 followers.
I just kept going, doing several of the techniques described in the book every day, over the spring, summer, and fall. Each month I gained 10,000-15,000 followers and in December, I hit 100,000 followers.
It is not an easy thing to do. Out of all the people who have read the book, only 3 are known to have actually put it into practice and made it to 100,000. But the procedure is really pretty simple, all you really need is time and the dedication to work your twitter account every single day. Also, you have to figure out what works for you on Twitter. For me, I tweet about my games and also about mostly tech related news, such as news about Apple and Microsoft.
If you want to reach a larger audience on Twitter, there is probably no better book to read.
Today is the day that Windows updates with security and bug fixes for January. Also today, Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, and Microsoft is also ending support for versions of Internet Explorer before version 11.