Though TinyBooks Pro is mostly used by small (for profit) businesses, it is also used by many non-profit organizations as well. One such group I've come to know is called Miracle Airlift. Their mission is to help improve the physical, social, and economic conditions of people living in poverty. I've corresponded with the chairman of this group (Charlie Gilbert), and it's my pleasure to mention the site here. Hope you'll visit the site: MiracleAirlift.org.
I just found out that my cousin Mickey upgraded his web site: Mickey Gilbert's College Choice. If you are a high school student looking for help in deciding which college to go to, or a parent of such a child, you should visit Mickey's site: Mickey Gilbert's College Choice. And when you visit his site, note the very clever GIF graphic on the opening page. That's Mickey (of course!) I'm told the GIF was created by his daughter (and my cousin) Emily. (see below on this page where I mentioned Emily's page long ago.)
One of my oldest friends (in duration not age!) is David Roochnik. He's the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Boston University and a real whiz on Greek Philosophy. I recently listened to a series of lectures he gave called, naturally enough, An Introduction to Greek Philosophy. You can find that lecture series and many books he's written on Amazon. But, I just learned he's also written novels as well. One of his novels, called Sweet Dreams, is only available as a Kindle eBook. I thought his novel would naturally be set in Ancient Greece, but as it turns out, he's a homicide/detective fiction fan too. He told me how interesting it was that as a professor he always tries to explain things as clearly as possible, but as an author of a mystery, it was quite the challenge to not give away the ending by being too explicitly clear. It is a mystery after all! If you have a Kindle (or an app on another device that allows reading Kindle ebooks), I hope you'll try it out. It sells for just $2.99.
If you're interested in astronomy, and especially if you're interested in the computer-controllable Meade ETX telescopes, I hope you'll check out my friend Mike's excellent ETX site.
My cousin Emily just launched a new site. As I hope you'll see, she's a great photographer with a great eye. If you're curious, here's the link: Emily Gilbert Photography.
Koingo Software is the brainchild of a fellow programmer and a friend of mine. Josh has written some great software for OSX. I rely, in fact, on a daily basis, on his new Data Guardian program...a super program to store your passwords and virtually any other kind of data in encrypted form. Here's a tip: If you visit his site and place an order, mention my name ("WINOGRAD"), and he'll give you a 10% discount on your order. You must mention my name at the time you place your order or it won't work. Look for a comment area on the order form, enter my name, and get 10% off.
I've always been a big opera fan. In fact, for a few years, I was on the Board of the superb Opera New Hampshire. I also created their very first web site and remained as their webmaster for a little more than a decade. Now, though I've passed on this responsibility to new hands, Opera New Hampshire will always be close to my heart. Check it out: OperaNH.org
The only time I get any information about you is if you place an order to register one of my software products. Then, like any merchant, I need to have your name, email address, and other details (such as the software product you purchased, when you purchased it, etc.) That is the only information that I have...the information that you've given me in order to complete your online registration. I intend to keep your email address in case I want or need to contact you about a new program I've written, or a problem with an existing one.
I have never sold, or rented, or given away, any information about my customers. I have no intention of ever doing so. The only reason I can possibly see where I might share your name and email address would be if I were to sell development rights to any of my programs to another business. I would hope you would treat my personal information in the same manner, if the situation were reversed. And, that's basically it!
Brickles and Hangman were never designed to be anything but fun. But, I've actually received letters (a few are below) from people who have said that one or more of my games have helped them or their family members recover from strokes, and other medical problems. Some have mentioned how Brickles has helped eye-hand coordination that was diminished after a stroke. Others have mentioned how the synthesized speech or digitized sounds used in these games would help a family member get out the right word.
Who would have thought my games might actually be helpful to those with some kind of disability? I'm delighted and gratified that this might be the case. If these games have helped you, or a friend or family member, please send me an email, and share with me exactly what about the games helped. I'd love to hear about it, and maybe I can learn how to improve the games in areas that would be even more helpful. If you have an idea for a completely new game, I'd love to hear about that too.
Here are some of the comments I've received...