Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Making cash online, part 2

A few weeks ago, I started an experiment about filling surveys online to find out if it was possible to make some money out of it.

Of course, I hadn't in mind that I would become rich overnight but I was curious about it.  I opened an account with PaidViewpoint and followed their instructions to the letter.

Basically, you start by filling daily surveys that will earn you 0.03$ a piece.  They say that they will pay out when you've accumulated at least 15.00$...  At this rate, it should take a while to see some cash.

At some point, I finally got more rewarding surveys from 0.25$ to a full 1.00$.  So maybe it was a way to make some money just by answering a few questions once in a while.

In the last few weeks, daily surveys became weekly surveys.  And they do not worth a lot (0.03$/each)...  I currently own around 8$ and I still need at least 7$ to claim my due.

The idea is probably to get you to fill surveys until you get tired of it and actually never reach the magic 15$ reward.  I would not call it a scam, but it surely does look suspicious at some level.

Anyway, I will keep answering the surveys for a while to see if it will change by the end of the summer.

One thing is sure, ads on your website/YouTube videos do pay you more than filling surveys. Forget about surveys, the payout is really not worth it.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Having fun with projects...

Developing software is a serious business... Or maybe not...

I had the idea to promote my project ScreenStudio by creating small trailers, like the pros.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Are you a project creator?

If you a developer, there is a good chance that you dreamed about creating the next Facebook or the next Candy Crush Saga.  For sure, it's fun to think that maybe your next app will create a buzz around the next.
In real life, the chance of becoming the next superstar of the software industry is quite slim.  Does it means you have to forget about your dreams?  Not at all.

Every project starts with an idea.  Whatever is the source of your inspiration, it doesn't matter.  Try it anyway, believe in yourself and who knows, you may create something that a few thousand people will appreciate.

Even if your project does not get any attention, you will learn a lot of things in the process.  It's not just about being famous, it's about learning
and becoming better overtime.  The more you learn, the more you have a chance of succeeding.  In my personal history, I've started many projects on the web, just for the fun of being creative:

  • NWE-00X Mp3 Manager (Reached 6000 download a month)
  • Symphonic (listed on some Linux distros, the natual evolution of NWE-00X)
  • WebcamStudio (Started as a simple idea to be able to display my desktop in a virtual webcam)
  • JapelServer  (Trying to stream videos to my iPhone)
  • (Trying to create a social network based on GPS location)
  • (Trying to create a web Find My Friends in pure HTML5)
  • (Exploring the idea of sharing your online games)
  • ScreenStudio (Going back to stream/record your display in an easy way)

Some projects never took off.  I learned a great deal in the process.  Other projects became famous to a point I would never expect (WebcamStudio, NWE-00X Mp3 Manager)

Overall, I learned so much with these projects that I am proud to list them in my resume.  They all prove one thing:  I am a project creator!  

... And sometimes, I get it right...

Go ahead, try, test, explore!  You can be a creator too!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Balleux and Ellis: WebcamStudio Masters!

While creating an event for the release of ScreenStudio 1.0, Karl Ellis and I got together and has a great chat about the history of WebcamStudio. (Hosted by DirtyPenguins)

Have a look:


ScreenStudio 1.0.1: Works on Java 6

A lot is happening with ScreenStudio.  The latest version 1.0.1 is available from and is compatible with Java 6.

Have a look at my Youtube channel for more demos and tutorial on ScreenStudio:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Today is the big day: ScreenStudio 1.0

ScreenStudio 1.0 will be released today...

Keep an eye on the G+ community for more details as a live event will be schedule for the new release.

You'll be able to download the new version at