You have reached Two Brothers Software. All software is officially no longer supported.
All software including paid copies and website script support officially ended on October 21, 2014. Website support by Two Brothers Software officially ends November 30, 2014.
A brief history of Two Brothers Software, it’s offerings, successes and failures will remain here until this domain is permanently dissolved. I hope that this history will be helpful to other small software companies.
Two Brothers Software History.
In spring or summer, the Two Brothers Mike and Ken Wagman, had noted a need for long term care therapy companies. This need was not being met by any software vendor at the time. A brilliant idea was to develop software that allowed therapy providers to plan ahead of time what services should be provided on a given day, and allow for changes in individual patient needs to maximize therapy services for each individual patient. In development a huge detailed chain of complication if then formulas in spreadsheet style were developed. Essentially taking hundreds of pages of rules and regulations, making them simple for the end user and eliminating the hours of pushing numbers in a calculator only to see that someone missed a cut off by one or two minutes. FutuRug was the name of the software. At the time of its development it was the only Medicare Therapy Rug Calculator available. Summer of 2003 the entire code was written in Python. At the time the strong team development was formed with Mike doing the coding and Ken doing debugging and error checking. In August 2003, it was shown to a nationwide therapy company who trialed the software and declined to implement. To further market FutuRug in November 2003 Futurug.com website was activated, first trial software was distributed to individual therapy providers. Additionally, the domain Twobrotherssoftware.com was registered as a home landing base for all Two Brothers Software products. FutuRUG developed early acceptance as an invaluable tool to plan therapy sessions around holidays and staff vacations.
With FutuRUG programming completed, both of the brothers decided to take their hand developing other projects.
Pyrism – Project developed and coded by Mike. This game is a color matching puzzle game. This game was programmed in Python and was developed to run on both Windows and Linux Platforms. As a puzzle game it is particularly addictive. Of special note is the artificial intelligence programmed into the game. Three distinct intelligence patterns were designed to give all levels of players a fun game. Pyrism had a great response in the early days of shareware games. Throughout the lifespan approximately 50,000 copies of the game were downloaded for trial.
AV Eagle – This project was developed and coded by Ken. This is a software utility that tests your antivirus software and firewall software. This software was developed in Python for the Windows platform. This software stood alone as the world’s only virus scanning software testing suite for many years. Now similar products, based on AV Eagle exist. This software was poorly accepted as people didn’t feel the need to “test the smoke detector.” Although AV Eagle had approximately 25,000 downloads through its life cycle, it deeply impacted the Antivirus software industry in 2006.
Max Dice – This project was developed and coded by Mike. This software was developed in Python for the Windows and Linux operating systems. This is a comprehensive tweakable dice rolling utility. This software had about 35,000 downloads during its life cycle. Guitar Mode Maker 1.0 – This project was developed and coded by Ken. This software was developed in Python for the Windows and Linux operating systems. This software allows a guitar player to load any scale type and look at how the scale is played in any position on the fretboard. Guitar Mode Maker (also known as GMM) allowed users to save the scale and share the core scale with other users. Overall GMM 1.0 had a very cumbersome user interface and although extremely useful and one of the very first guitar scale teaching applications, had a very poor response.
This year was the busiest year in development for Two Brothers Software.
In April Ludum Dare (Also known as LD48) #6 was held over the course of a weekend. Both brothers entered. Of almost 150 entrants, both Ken and Mike placed in the top 1/3 of all programmers who entered this contest. This international coding contest puts programmers to the extremely difficult task of developing a complete computer game from scratch in 48 hours. Completing a game is a challenge, let alone placing in the top of the field.
Two Brothers Web Design was founded under a need to assist locally based international ministries to develop a way to effectively reach a global audience. Their original programmers were developing scripts that would take the average user fifteen minutes or more to load a page. This led to Two Brothers Software developing optimibility studies and services. These services assisted users in developing their site and identifying their target audience and the average internet speed of their target audience. In 2005, 40% of the United States was targeted to be on dial up so having a properly optimized website was essential. Two Brothers Software was able to take a website getting minimal regional exposure into a global presence in sixty days with a reach of 50 countries and millions of page views.
In 2005 Two Brothers Software became an OISV (Organization of Independent Software Vendors) charter member.
In 2005, Two Brothers Software opened its own shareware site. The plan was to develop a site that was free from bad programs, link programs, and other bad submissions to allow software with integrity to have a place where all software is checked. The initial submissions were manual and each submission program was checked to ensure that it met a minimum published standard.
Six Pence – This game was programmed by Ken. This game was intitialy programmed for the Windows platform. A simple puzzle game where you try and get all number to the number 6. This game had approximately 10,000 downloads during its lifespan.
Battle Suits – This was a game initially programmed by Mike based on a strategic map game. This game had multiple levels of development but was never released as a complete project. There were intermittent downloads and forums.
Screen Saver construction Kit – This was a simple screen saver construction kit that was designed by Ken for the Windows platform. This utility allowed a user to select a group of pictures and create a screen saver. This was very unpopular with less than 50 downloads during its life cycle.
Skalz – This game was programmed by Mike. This game was programmed for the Linux and Windows platform. This was a puzzle game based on balancing a sum of weights on a side. This game had approximately 5,000 downloads during its lifespan.
Figure 15 - This game was programmed by Mike. Ken contributed some art and music. This game was programmed for the Linux and Windows platform. This was a puzzle game based on removing squares that totaled 15 that are adjacent . This game had approximately 4,000 downloads during its lifespan.
Link Melon – Web design. This web script was programmed by Ken. This script allowed a large database of links to be stored in a database, and then the database to call a certain number of links randomly. This was designed as a proprietary web design script and was distributed only to web design clients of Two Brothers Software.
Moving Nowhere – This game was programed by Ken. It was programmed exclusively for the Windows platform. This is by far the worst game ever programmed by Two Brothers Software. This game is the “Sienfeld” of Windows games. It means nothing, difficult to figure out, but none the less addicting. During its lifespan Moving nowhere had less than 2,500 downloads.
GMM 2.0 and GMM 3.0 – The most challenging event for Two Brothers software in 2005 was the release of Guitar Mode Maker 2.0 and the release of the activation codes to activate the software. Guitar Mode Maker 2.0 was released in spring with several significant upgrades. A better graphic interface, sound, better file interaction made for an ingenious interface. In early November a leak of the activation codes sent a swarm of download requests to the site. Before it could be caught, approximately 125,000 copies of Guitar Mode Maker were downloaded with activation as easy as typing in the correct code that was searched in the internet. These downloads took place over the course of 3 days. Through November and December an average of 1,700 requests for GMM 2.0 were made through hacked websites. Guitar Mode Maker 3.0 was released quickly to patch the hole. Guitar Mode Maker is the most popular software title for Two Brothers Software with an approximate reach of 350,000 downloads during its lifespan.
Art and music page – This was a page dedicated to art and music created by Ken.
AV Eagle 2006. In 2006 a large corporation who designs virus scanning software put in their user agreement that it is prohibited to test their software. This company’s software did not properly detect the test virus that was created by the AV Eagle testing suite. In emails forwarded to Two Brothers Software the company called AV Eagle irresponsible software. In an attempt to reach out to the AV software creator, Two Brothers Software attempted to make known the source and idea of their code known and was rejected by the developers. Subsequently this AV company has changed the way their software works and now correctly triggers for all AV Eagle tests.
SYF Browser – This software is a stand-alone internet browser that filters the internet experience for younger internet users. This was programmed by Ken for the Windows platform. A page reader, web logging, user controlled levels of web blocking were part of the SYF browser. The SYF Browser did not fare well due to its cumbersome download size. Although 100 copies were distributed and an agreement with an international toy developer went to paper, this software eventually became to difficult to support. During its lifespan the SYF Browser had approximately 3,500 downloads. 2bros.info – In April 2006, 2bros.info was registered as the Web Design arm of Two Brothers Software.
Thought So – This game was programmed by Ken. This is a puzzle game where numbers are guessed. This was programmed initially for the Windows Pocket PC platform and for the Windows operating system. During its lifespan Thought So had approximately 1,500 downloads. Pyrism PPC – This game was ported to Windows Pocket PC. This is the mobile version of Pyrism. During its lifespan Pyrsim PPC had approximately 250 downloads.
Six Pence PPC – This game was ported to Windows Pocket PC. This is the mobile version of Six Pence. During its lifespan Six Pence PPC had approximately 3,000 downloads.
EKG – This theatrical EKG simulation software was programmed by Ken. This was written for the Windows operating system. This software mimicked a heart monitor EKG that could be changed to portray changes in an actor. During its lifespan the Theatrical EKG simulator had approximately 20,000 downloads.
Klingon Klock – This utility is a clock that has output in Klingon. This was programmed for Linux and Windows by Mike. During its lifespan the Klingon Clock had approximately 1,500 downloads.
Multi Memory Calculator – This utility is a simple calculator with an endless number of memory banks. This was programmed for windows by Mike. During its lifespan the Multi Memory Calculator had approximately 250 downloads.
Linux + DVD magazine on AI – in 2006 Mike wrote an excellent article on artificial intelligence programming.
Moving Nowhere mass distribution – in 2006 Two Brothers Software was approached to have one of its paid games distributed for free on a CD that would be sold across Europe and Asia. The game Moving Nowhere was given to this company and 100,000 copies were distributed through 2008. There was no revenue returned to Two Brothers Software during this venture.
Link Melon 2 – This web script was updated in 2007 to include better MySql database functionality and the ability to link pictures and other items in the database. This was exclusively available to Two Brothers Software web design customers.
T3 Tic Tac Toe – This is an implementation of the classic Tic Tac Toe game. This was programmed by Ken for the Windows Pocket PC and Windows platform by Ken. This game had three different levels of playing style. T3 Tic Tac Toe had approximately 7,500 downloads during its lifespan.
Junxy – This is a web design utility written by Ken to prevent submission form spam. This was exclusively available to Two Brothers Software web design customers. The theory and premise behind Junxy was the essence of an article on Linux + DVD on Submission for Spam.
Software integrity.org – in 2007 softwareintegrity.org was registered as a shareware site. The main Two Brothers Software Shareware site was upgrade to have automated submissions and approval.
In 2008 Two Brothers Software was flagged by McAfee site advisor as a potentially unsafe site.
“When we tested this site we found links to softpile.com, which we found to be a distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs. 18 green downloads In our tests, we found downloads on this site were free of adware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs. Source http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/twobrotherssoftware.com”
Two Brothers Software complained to McAfee without change in their program. Softpile was a shareware site that listed Two Brothers Software titles.
Futurug 2.0 Intake – This was programmed by Ken for the Windows operating system. This was an adjunct to the original Futurug program. Although developed and tested, less than 10 copies of the trial version were distributed.
Throughout 2009 the shareware site had over 80,000 new titles and over 20,000 rejections due to the rejections with update to pad MySQl proprietary program.
Two Brothers Software started de-support of programs including Futurug.
Two Brothers Software ended support of all games.
End of support of all utilities except GMM 3.0 and theatrical EKG simulation
In 2011, the shareware site was seeing over 350 new titles each day.
The Shareware site required a
revamp of Pad MySql block 3.0, due to change to Google page rank and backlinks. This script was blocking ~50 titles per day, with submissions well over 500 new titles per day.
January, a web based submission (spam) program was distributed and listed Two Brothers Software Shareware as a prime shareware distribution site. By February 1,000 blocks each hour were occurring occasionally overloading server. Submissions were temporarily disabled. April completion of Shareware 1.5 million directed downloads, 1.2 distinct visitors since 2005
August 2014, Discontinuing of support of all remaining software products.
Two Brothers Software Highlights
Over 600,000 free downloads of software over the past 11 years to users over the earth. Developed a successful shareware site that directed 1.5 million software titles
Software downloads are estimates based on file requests, unique IP requests, and bandwidth. Total number of actual copies of any software distributed is unknown due to mirroring of software on third party sites.
Projects are not necessarily in chronological order for each year listed, but each year’s projects are listed together.
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News for nerds, stuff that matters
EFF Warns of Harsher CFAA
28 May 2016 at 9:30am
An anonymous reader writes: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is "vague, draconian, and notoriously out of touch with how we use computers today," warns the EFF. But instead of reforming it, two U.S. Senators "are on a mission to make things worse..." The senators' proposed Botnet Prevention Act of 2016 "could make criminals of paid researchers who test access in order to identify, disclose, and fix vulnerabilities," according to the EFF. And the bill would also make it a felony to damage "critical infrastructure," which may include software companies and ISPs (since they're apparently using the Department of Homeland Security's definition). The harsher penalties would ultimately give prosecutors much more leverage for plea deals. But worst of all, the proposed bill even "empowers government officials to obtain court orders to force companies to hack computer users for a wide range of activity completely unrelated to botnets. What's worse is that the bill allows the government to do this without any requirement of notice to non-suspect or innocent customers or companies, including botnet victims... These changes would only increase -- not alleviate -- the CFAA's harshness, overbreadth, and confusion." The CFAA was originally written in 1986, and was partly inspired by the 1983 movie "WarGames".
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Finnish Government Criticizes Microsoft For Job Cuts, 'Broken Promises'
28 May 2016 at 8:30am
jones_supa writes: Softpedia reports: "Microsoft has recently announced a new round of job layoffs at its Mobile unit in Finland, as it moves forward with its restructuring and reorganization plan following the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services unit. The Finnish government has criticized Microsoft for turning to more job cuts in the country, pointing out that the company has a huge responsibility to help those who are being let go. Microsoft's latest job cut round included 1,850 people, 1,350 of which are said to be working in Finland. 'I am disappointed because of the (initial) promises made by Microsoft,' Finance Minister Alexander Stubb was quoted as saying by Reuters. 'One example is that the data center did not materialize despite the company's promise.'" He refers to Microsoft's promise in 2013 to invest $250 million in a data center located in Finland that was specifically meant to provide services to European customers. All of these worries are not unfounded as the employment situation in Finland is still quite terrible, and the decline of Nokia's former phone business certainly exacerbates the situation.
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