Archive for the 'General' Tag

Vanishing Comments & Emails

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Apologies if anyone has tried to post comments on this blog recently and found them vanishing into thin air. I think I added a word to my comments blacklist that caused comments to get nuked. I didn’t realise it could work on a partial word match, not the whole thing.

Also, I’ve had a few occasions where emails sent to info [at] this domain alias don’t seem to have reached me – I only know about these because people write in again and it works. I usually answer all emails ASAP, usually immediately and almost always within 24 hours, so if you’ve sent an email to that address expecting a reply and not received one, please write in again to steve [at] this domain.

I don’t know why this is happening, but I suspect it’s something to do with the alias. Most the time, it seems to work well.

Photography

Friday, August 5th, 2005

For years I’ve enjoyed photography in an amateur but enthusiastic sort of way and my interest was reborn a few years ago when I got a digital camera, as I’m sure is the case for a lot of people.

Lately, however, I’ve been stuck inside more than I’d like and let it slide. It’s horrible to be feeling so rusty. I’ve had a Flickr account for a while and not used it, so I’ve decided to get cracking and start uploading photos old and new, beginning with some of Rhossili Bay – my favourite retreat from all things digital, urban and noisy.

The Gower Peninsular, where I live, was the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is littered with beaches, wildlife, castles, Medieval churches, caves, woodland, curious pagan monuments and sheep. Naturally, I took all this completely for granted when I was growing up and thought it the most boring place on Earth. However, after seeing a bit more of the world and getting a little older I came to realise that actually Gower was really cool.

Worm's Head at Rhossili Bay

The above photo I’ve actually used before on this site in KIT’s product pages. It is one of my faves.

You can see those and any other photos I upload here and there’s a link in the sidebar of this blog.

Reinvented Software 1 Year Old Today

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Today marks the first birthday of Reinvented Software, I released KIT 1.0 on August 3rd 2004. This is entirely consistent with Wil Shipley’s belief that every programmer’s first project is some kind of media database. It was a good launch with more sales than I’d expected in the first month – but it didn’t last long.

The business only really got going when Feeder was released some six months later. There were some extremely bleak days in the meantime and I nearly packed it all in. I applied for a number of jobs and almost got some of them too, but something would always go wrong at the last minute. This would leave me partly relieved and simultaneously filled with dread, because I knew I’d have to go through the whole cycle again. I only ever wanted to do this.

By the time Feeder was released in February, I somehow knew it was going to do well and that was my last hope. I came up with the idea in late October but didn’t get it started for another two months due to those job interviews and other distractions. My thinking was that with RSS due to go mainstream on the Mac thanks to Safari 2.0 in Tiger, people without blogs or content management systems would want RSS feeds on their sites.

In the meantime podcasting was gaining momentum, but I had no idea if podcasters would want to use Feeder. I built in some convenience features for them anyway. My research indicates that around 50% of Feeder users are podcasters and this seems to be rising quickly since iTunes 4.9 was released. I don’t think anyone imagined podcasting would get this big in such a short space of time but that is testament to how compelling it is.

One year on, things are going well and I’ve only just begun. I have big plans for my applications and a ton of other ideas. My biggest problem is time and juggling all the various aspects of the business – I do it all. Being an independent software developer is thrilling and exhausting all at the same time, but it would mean nothing without the people who buy my software, plug it on their web sites and in their podcasts and use it to do some amazing things. Thank you!

reinventedsoftware.com Domain

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Apologies if you’ve tried to reach this site and been met with some awful spammy placeholder page. I paid Tektonic, my hosting company, to renew my domain at the beginning of this month, but it seems the renewal wasn’t submitted and thus the site went offline.

Awful timing, for 101 different reasons.

Anyway, it’s back now. Thanks to everybody who let me know, particularly Jerry Musser, who was the first to break the news. Also, Tektonic’s support is very professional and responsive – thankfully. Hopefully this won’t happen again.

Microsoft Windows “Vista”???

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

My first reaction to seeing that Microsoft has chosen “Vista” as the release name for Longhorn was to look for something more interesting to read. While it’s an improvement on XP (for eXPerience – kinda funny, actually, since it really is quite an experience) it’s all rather bland and appears to be wholly inaccurate. All that marketing clout, all those millions of dollars and Microsoft hasn’t come up with a decent name or codename for any of their releases that I know of. It’s all cattle and sell-by dates (funny that).

So, I think Erik hit the nail on the head in his QotD. My thoughts exactly. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter whether or not I like the name because I don’t have to care. 😀