I was going to write about why needing an app isn’t a good way to try get into business. (Hint: It is very expensive, if you can’t code it yourself.) However something else popped up, namely I am trying to sell off two domains: justcheckers.org and justcheckers.net that I own. These were for the justCheckers project, that I’m essentially shutting down. Anyways if you are interested in buying them off me, feel free to contact me.
I will say that the experience so far has been interesting. Thankfully there are some good resources for selling a domain or site. I’ve looked at two companies that handle the auction and transfer of these things Flippa and Sedo. Both are quite legitimate, but there were some bad reviews and some people claiming to have been scammed. I’m trying out Flippa first since it was founded by the fine folks at SitePoint, who I quite like for other reasons. Anyways, I’m hoping that I can find a good home for the domains.
I’m pleased to announce that I have gotten back to developing justCheckers. I missed coding on my own projects. And I am glad that I motivated myself to get back on it. This time around I went the Android route, since the Android framework makes development of multimedia, threaded applications really easy in Java. And it gets around the nasty distribution problems involved with desktop applications.
I also decided against working with a team this time around. I came to this decision after realizing how much more productive I am coding by myself. And how much solo coding I do at my day job. Also I spent more time organizing teams and tasks then actually getting them done. So I quietly disbanded the potential dev teams and closed down the mailing list. At least for now. I might look to building a team after I scale up.
At the moment I finished building a decent looking first draft user interface. Now I am trying to hook the UI to the existing game engine/controller. Once that works, I’ll get back to fixing the game engine to make it generic enough to handle the different rules for the different variants of checkers. Hopefully I’ll be able to release something soon.
I’m preparing for what I hope will be a new phase in my life. And one of the things I need for this change is a revised online presence. I’ve experimented with various ideas and concepts. And I want to try and implement them in my life.
One of the first to feel the changes, will be my blogging. I deleted my old Blogspot blog. All the content exists on this website anyways. Also I’m planning to make this blog more into a portfolio, than just a blog straight up. The blog obviously will be accessible, just not on the front page. Also I’m thinking of doing some ExtJS magic and build a new AJAXy theme. So if the site breaks, you know what I’ve been up to.
On another note, I’m getting back to developing justCheckers into reality. And on the side playing around with the newly revived Pyzzle game engine.
Looks like my recent cry for help with the justCheckers project, was heeded. I got about 12 responses, and now I’m in the process of picking the core development team. The developer mailing list is up and functional. And thanks to Dmitry Platonoff, who I used to work with, gave me a helpful hint to maintaining my sanity. While I’d like to get as many developers working on the project as possible, I want to be able to coordinate things in a manageable manner. Also I’m really picky when it comes to code quality. So I think I will let people submit patches for now, before I start handing out commit access. Still I’m impressed with the progress.
It took a while. A much needed upgrade, some changes to bring this site back into the larger multi-site effort I’m involved and some re-integration work back into SourceForge… and justCheckers is back! Finally there are no more blockers to getting back into coding, and hopefully moving this project forward. The plan is to finally get around to implementing the work I’ve meant to implement for so long.
I’ve restarted work on my stealth project as part of the “larger multi-site effort”. In addition, I’m almost caught up on responding to everyone’s e-mails and messages. I should be free enough to restart my writing and work on other long-term projects. I’m really excited with the progress I’ve made, and I hope it continues this way.
Today I realized I need to get a move on. I realize now that I must capitalize on the opportunity that is justCheckers. Originally I set up as a project to learn and advance my skills in programming Java and project management. I learned a great deal from that project. And after the project’s stalling, I assumed that no more real opportunities arose from it. Today I realized I was wrong. There are a multitude of possibilities that I can exercise in either this project or a similar one. I’m debating what would be the better move, but I’m leaning towards working on justCheckers for now.
Also I planning some rather massive work on this blog too. I have plans, and I see clearly how I can capitalize by achieving them.
Today marks the first day of getting back to my old schedule and routine. The transition turned out smoother than I imagined. Hopefully, no new quirk will appear and I get back to working on all my overdue tasks. As things stand:
Writing the first part of the first chapter in the novel. Had tweak it a bit to avoid a plot hole.
Working out the plan of attack to restart justCheckers development. I’m woefully unfamiliar with bzr and Eclipse integration is not working well.
Some initial plans for the new justCheckers website theme. Again, new to Drupal theming.
My consulting work is back to a regular, sane pace and my own expectations have fell into place.
My expectations and goals in general are more aligned with reality and my own position in it.
Small urgent tasks keep on stomping on my larger plans, which is a bit trying. Hopefully this will all settle down soon.
I’ll continue blogging in short irregular bursts, until my projects start moving forward under their own momentum.
I’ve found myself recently writing considerable amounts in my diary. I’ve had many a thought, that I felt compelled to write down. But such thoughts were fairly private in nature, so I will discuss or hint about them here. One of thought that I would like to share, is my temporary withdrawl from daily blogging. I’m trying to concentrate on writing my novel, A Collection of Shards. And I’m concentrating on reviving the comatose justCheckers project. Post daily updates to my blog just add more overhead to my day. And I’ve so precious little time and so many tasks to complete… So I’m going to take a break, and update this blog when I feel like it.
After listening to my backlog of FLOSS Weekly shows, I’ve been thinking about my involvement with my own project. Naturally I want it to succeed. But I also want to use it as a portfolio of my work. On one hand, I’d like to hack everything together by myself. On the other hand, I simply don’t have the time or inclination to do everything. Especially if I think about it… my skills in PHP might not be as interesting as showcasing my work in developing justCheckers and working as a team lead. So I’m think about setting up Drupal, and maybe do some additional integration work… I’m just not that sure that anyone really cares about my XHTML/PHP/web development prowess, especially with some many powerful tools that are around.
I’ll probably do that… set up Drupal, integrate a justCheckers look and feel into it (showcasing my web designer side), import all the data, setup a team again and move the damn project forward.
It is Friday. Feeling tired from the irregular sleep cycles of this past week. I didn’t move forward as fast I wanted to this week. I’ve felt distracted, tired and could not focus. Still the minutae of this week didn’t tie me down. Thanks to a friend my Polish writing improved in leaps and bounds this week. No regrets this week, and many things moved forward. And thanks to the same friend, I can see a positive glimmer of hope in my future. I plan on focusing on making my schedule sane again, and living a fairly active but normal life. No updates on the writing past a few notes, and ideas. No code updates either, aside from a steady tinkering with the justCheckers website. Enjoying using the new Firefox 3.5. It feels so much sleeker than before. Oh and thanks to the fine folks at Fido for having simple and sane contracts. Guess whose service is gonna get recommended to friends?