DISCLAIMER: I haven't actually done that many projects through these sites as I prefer building/learning stuff myself, but I like to think of myself as pretty skilled in judging people's qualities and have picked up a few tricks along the way in the few projects I have used these sites for.
I use mostly Freelancer.com so any examples/terminology is based on the way they work.
With the looming prospect of having to build ios apps around the corner but not having $2,799 in my pocket to be able to buy one of these, I decided I wouldn't mind coughing up the $19.99 to buy Mountain Lion. I knew already that its possible to find ready made copies of Mountain Lion that can be installed into virtualbox but I wanted to feel that I took the high road for a change and install it from an original, purhcased version.
BOA is great if you want an extremely well tuned Aegir Drupal from the getgo. Its a bit picky in its nature and is not made for every OS and DNS setup so you need to think through a few steps before you get going. Here is a quick guide on getting it working with Amazon AWS through EC2 and Route 53. Please note I am working from linux.
I have finally made the jump from windows on all of the home pcs now and just re-installed my sons Acer aspire 5738pz laptop with lubuntu which is perfect for his needs (he is 5 years old!). The main pre-requisite was to get Minecraft working perfectly which in my opinion runs better with Oracle's Java 7 instead of openjdk. This is how to do it:
1. Make sure to get rid of any crap if you have already tried installing java 7.
This has been a royal pain in the arse to figure out for me. Firstly, because the kernel for the latest edition of Ubuntu is all wonky so the device didnt even work to start and secondly because I have no idea about bluetooth protocols and stuff in linux.
The Asrock ion 330 i bought a couple of years back is an excellent quiet home theater PC that I use for playing movies through xbmc and listening to music through Spotify. However, since I have had it I have had to do some ubuntu upgrades and so forth to keep up to date with xbmc, nvidia drivers, new surround sound, new TV and my general geeky need for updating stuff. So this is more a guide for myself so I dont forget the quickest easiest way to get things working for my setup but I hope there is some useful tricks for others that may stumble here.
OK, so its not strictly a module that I built myself as I used Drupals Features module to build it, but still its my first release to drupal.org and it works very well for importing all associated info from youtube. You can check out the module here - http://drupal.org/project/youtube_importer_feature.
Im not usually one to shout praises for software that isnt open source or free but in this case I have to make an exception. After using putty and super putty and some other reincarnations of putty over the last few years I got bored a couple of weeks ago and went on a mission to find a good SSH client for windows that allowed tabbing, private keys, colours, stored sessions and some other stuff that I wanted.
There are several modules already on Drupal that let you import YouTube videos in various ways, but in my experience none of them quite do what I want and have various dependencies that wind me up a bit.