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Time to fund another year of free software!

JoeyA little over a year ago,
I posted about my brother Joey's Kickstarter project to fund his free software development project.  I explained that, even though git-annex isn't all that homesteading related, Joey's hard work in the free software community is what keeps the backend of this blog afloat.

Completely unrelated to my blog post, Joey's Kickstarter was funded in the first day, and he went on to rake in enough cash to pay his (very basic) living expenses for a full year of coding.  Everyone who donated got their money's worth and much more.  My only complaint is that Joey hasn't been over to visit nearly enough in the last year because he's been burning the midnight oil coding, paying himself roughly minimum wage from the Kickstarter funds.  And the results have been helping scores of people, like Joe who wrote in to say:

"I'm using git-annex to make videos, pictures and music available on all my devices (windows, android, linux). It has saved me on trips with my 2yr daughter when she's had meltdowns; I have her favorite movie ready. I quickly exceeded the free dropbox quota and git-annex has replaced the need and gives me greater confidence and control over my data. Thank you!"

At long last, the Kickstarter money ran out, but Joey's project keeps attracting new users with new needs.  So he's launching a second-generation campaign, with the tiny goal of $3,000 to fund three more months of coding.  If all of Walden Effect's loyal readers donate at the virtual hug level (a mere $5), we could fund Joey for a year and a half.  What do you say we help him reach his goal in less than 24 hours again?

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If you contribute do you get to use the software? I have a PC only.

I did the virtual hug and have no idea where to try out the software or download it.

His site does not have a Contact link, so I am posting here.

I also ask for my name not to be listed online on his site at all.

Thank you

Comment by M Wed Jul 17 10:42:13 2013

You can download git-annex from

It's free software. It will be a while longer until it's ready to use on your Windows PC.

Thanks for donating! Please shoot me an email so I know which name to avoid publishing.

Comment by Wed Jul 17 13:55:06 2013
BTW my email address is
Comment by Wed Jul 17 13:56:37 2013

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