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Nicolas Hammond may dispute no specifications. Azk him. Remember the current CIO was not present at that time.
Jan. 10, 2016
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I looked at the ACBL 990 filed with the IRS and there is one thing in expenses that are a little much and it is legal. this form was filed in Jan 2016 but was for 1014. the amount was for $205,695.00. in my opinion that kind of expenditure should be accounted for in detail and not just lumped together as legal.
Jan. 8, 2016
Don Alexander edited this comment Jan. 10, 2016
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The BOD, CEO, CIO could very-well be more forthcoming if the members would let them know that we would like to be informed about all issues on a regular basis. If hundreds of letters covering the issue were to be received by the ACBL in the near future maybe they would set-up and take notice.
Jan. 8, 2016
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Unless I can acquire the support of ACBL in this open-source project I see no reason to to continue. I will continue trying to solicit their support. The following is the last contact I had with the CIO mitch. As I read this I feel he is telling me to get lost and not bother him. but he also tells me that they have made no decision on how to proceed with the problem of ACBLscore.



Dear Don:

I know you believe that the ACBL has a set of requirements that we provided the previous vendor, however, that is not accurate and that is a good part of the problem as to why the vendor failed.

I appreciate your desire to help the ACBL, however, at this point in time, we are still evaluating our options for our technology solutions. I am going to focus my energies on determining a direction and set of products and will then set my sites on the operational requirements to meet those.

Regards,
Mitch


Mitchell Hodus, CISSP# 521512
Chief Information Officer


We know that the Management of ACBL dropped 1.5 million on the previous attempt to bring a working score program to the ACBL members. What we do not know is the amount of legal fees spent in regards to Mr.Hammond and his company and the battle over the copyrights.Its my understanding that we have an in-house attorney and have hired an outside attorney and this person has stated the ACBL should not use the ACBLscore+ software without the copyrights.

Why did the ACBL commission a company to develop the software without securing the code and copyrights?

I believe the people elected to office in the ACBL are not fulfilling their jobs as they should. Someone should be held accountable and a letter should be sent to all members with an explanation. Remember they are using our money and we should be informed in detail as to how they spend it, for what purpose and the amount. Not just lumped together as expenses.

With the continued drop in membership The only way the ACBL will be able to fund another project is to raise dues the cost to play in a tournament.

Why should we the members be penalized?
Why is every thing a secret in regards to ACBLscore?
Why did the ACBL management require any one bidding on the ACBLscore+ project to sign a NDA agreement.?
Is ACBL management doing something they do not want we the members to know about?
With technology to day why not broadcast all meetings so all members could record and or watch.
Why is ACBL management against Open-Source? This is the way to build a software program that works with very little cost.











Jan. 7, 2016
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It seems to me we have a lot of brain power available in regards to ACBLscore. Most of you know a lot more than I do therefore please do me a favor.

Please list everything you know about ACBLscore.
What functions must it preform.
Who or what must it communicate with.
What kind of data must it collect.

I was hoping to get the specifications from ACBL, but not sure that is going to happen.
Jan. 6, 2016
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While you are investigating I will do the same. I have had my emails answered by Mitch.I only ask him questions and do not call him to task. Remember he has not held office long and inherited a big mess.
Jan. 5, 2016
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Instead of griping and speculating, why not go direct to the CIO Mitch Hodus and ask him your questions?
Jan. 5, 2016
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Jan. 5, 2016
Don Alexander edited this comment Jan. 5, 2016
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Ray I Have read most of the 500 post on the subject and this is why I am so adamant in in my quest for information. Nicolas and I are talking, but I seem to have missed something, What do you think my needs are?
Jan. 4, 2016
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We use bridgemate in our club, Clear Lake Bridge Club unit 174 we usually have 10 -17 tables morning and evening daley and have no problems with automatic scoring with Bridgemate.
Jan. 3, 2016
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I can get the source code for ACBLscore I will probably do as you suggest. If not we will not use Pascal in our project

Probably C++, PHP, MySQL but mind not made up.
Jan. 3, 2016
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I would like to read it.
the discussion on BW before about the ACBLScore+ project was so long and heated that I gave up reading it
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,I would appreciate a link to it.

Also I would like to talk to you my cell is 832-443-5108

Jan. 3, 2016
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I have been advised that the ACBL decided not to pursue any thing more about the ACBLscore+ code or license. and are directing there thoughts in other avenues. and when they decide they may tell us. do not hold your breath.
Jan. 3, 2016
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Who has copies of any original documents and communication that that was necessary to move ACBLscore+ into the production stage. What were the requirements. there must be papers defining the work to be done. Someone must have the plan defining the scheme before the project could start.

Whoever has any of the papers or an correspondance please post them online for all to read.

Larry please post the RFP material and anything else you may have.
Dec. 23, 2015
Don Alexander edited this comment Dec. 23, 2015
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I like the idea of creating an open source project with an international flavor using Using ACBLscore as the model.

If you agree that ACBL or someone should try to get an open source project up and running that would take the place of the current ACBLscore please email me.

My email address is donmalex@aol.com
Dec. 14, 2015
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What is your unit Barry
Dec. 14, 2015
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Mmmmmm
Dec. 13, 2015
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The ACBL has everyone's email address. Why not have the CIO send daily information updates to all members unless they opt/out. included in updates would be copy of board meetings, minutes and dialog or film. Copy of committee meetings. This would also be a way to pole members on very important concerns and not just rely on the BOD.
Dec. 13, 2015
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I keep reading about open source, like, you get what you pay for. Well lets look at a few. PHP, Mozilla Firefox,Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2,Blender, the Gimp, Scribus, Thunderbird, Audacity, Celestia, VLC, LibreOffice and many more. Check out this link https://opensource.org/

Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are countless developers and users working to improve the security of open source software, so are there just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.
In general, open source software gets closest to what users want because those users can have a hand in making it so. It's not a matter of the vendor giving users what it thinks they want–users and developers make what they want, and they make it well. At least one recent study has shown, in fact, that technical superiority is typically the primary reason enterprises choose open source software. from PC World
Dec. 13, 2015
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On Dec 31 I will be 80, fifteen years ago I programed in seven + languages. I agree that the DOS version is simple and easy to use and also obsolete. I also agree that ACBL score tedious to work with, and needs reworked or rewritten.

Some of the best programing languages and programs written are free and were and are written buy thousands of programmers all over the world. The way to get a new working version of Score is make the code public and ask the programming community to help.
Dec. 4, 2015
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