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A matter of time

by stefanhendriks on July 8th, 2012

I love working on this project.

In fact, I have so many ideas still, I would love to make them reality. But the truth is, life with two children, a full workweek and such is taking its toll. I do work on this project from time to time, but not at the frequence as I would love to. Rather I’d work on this project every week for a consistent amount of time.

Some of you are wondering if there is anything happening, and I really like that. It tells me you care about this project.

I was thinking about how I’d like to speed up project development, and basicly it means that when nothing changes the pace of the project will be slow for a long time.

If only I could take a day off from time to time to work dedicated on this project.

Taking unpaid leave for a day costs money (~ around $120 USD). And thats a bit too much to do on a frequent basis from my own pocket. So I use the spare time I have.

So I have decided to put up a donate button in order to give you the possibility to donate money, solely so I can buy some time off for this.

Even when nobody donates I will continue on this project. But it would really help if you would donate (even just a little). To give you an idea:

~ $120 USD equals one day of unpaid leave.
~ $60 USD equals half a day of unpaid leave.
~ $15 USD equals an hour of unpaid leave.

Thank you for your support!

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9 Comments
  1. Hey Stefan 🙂

    I think this is a great way to do it. Sadly im kinda broke because of school, so 120USD is waaaay to much for me. Hopefully I can donate later on. I hope you still find some time to write a bit of code for this great project.

    Btw, i must have mentioned this several times before, but have you seen http://www.opendune.org/ ? If not, maybe you should have a look 🙂

    • 120USD is a lot of money, therefore I also hope to give insight in how smaller donations still help. Ie 15 bucks for an hour, its still an hour work I can do, which means a lot to me because I don’t have much time.

      However, don’t think I will sit and wait for donations, I am working on the project right now… (see commit history ;))

  2. True 🙂 as I said, it was a nice way to show how there are different ways of donating.. I have now donated a hour to you 😉 I hope you will use it to look into porting it to mac.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Thanks a lot!! I’ve got an e-mail with a notification about your donation. Thanks again!

  3. Matthias permalink

    If you don’t have time to maintain this anymore you could send contribution to the other Open Source Dune II clones:

    * http://dunelegacy.sourceforge.net/
    * http://www.opendune.org/
    * http://drackbolt.blogspot.com/

    I wonder why you are all cooking your own soup anyway and not merge your code.

    • Hi Matthias,

      Perhaps I did not make myself clear enough about it. Even though time is not on my side I love working on this project. I love creating things, and I love Dune 2. So there it is. 🙂

      You talk about you can easily merge two projects, there is absolutely nothing to merge. Also, these projects all work together (the authors get in touch from time to time), and all these clones exists for their own reasons.

  4. darn, I am only paid about $12 a day (including usually 3-4 hours of overtime) 🙁
    which is probably why the Japanese outsourced the work on Honda Alpine Navigation System to here.

    • What a big difference it is between countries. I am not really concerned about the amount paid, as long as it is relatively good.

      You could perhaps try to move to Holland and work there as Software Engineer 😉

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