Thursday, October 14, 2004

wheres the crack??

so i was looking through my referral logs this morning and found an entry from nigeria. it was a search the person did for "BiblePlayer". The results under it were from cracking newsgroups with keyterms 'bible' or 'player' in it.

i just find it amusing that:
a- there is no crack since its fully functional, unrestricted freeware
b- they are looking for a crack for a bible program. presumably to use it. i.e read it. ie. the Book that talks about 'thou shall not steal'

then again, he/she may want it to attend the funeral of their recently deceased father who left a sum of $1,320,344 (ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR DOLLARS) in an account named after you!

Monday, October 11, 2004

paypal grinds to a halt!

so i was reading one of my favorite sites slashdot, and i read that paypal was down most the day . so if you had problems placing an order, now you know why. They did a site wide interface update and these are the glitches. heck, i cant imagine the stress that is going on there now. real money at risk.

score -1 for ecommerce.

update: its all fixed now. if you have problems with it just email me

Sunday, October 10, 2004

naked baby

Writing shareware is tough,tough work. Its like having a child. One goes through the long gestation period (brainstorming, design), then the embryo starts to grow (development), and finally its time for labour (launch). Like a baby, it feeds on you day and night. you walk around constanly thinking about how to improve the code, how much is still left to do, what new features can be added, and on and on. It drains you emotionally -- you yearn to get it all done so you can finally rest and say to yourself 'well done, your vision is now a reality'

At some point you have to release. The child has to be born. So you launch the app...sure it has warts and all. Sure you could have added that other feature, or closed off bug #432. But the baby has to be delivered. It must be seen by the world.

And ahhh..once you are done. once it is alive. That is a great feeling. Once people download it. Once they start emailing you with their comments. That is a great feeling. And then...your first order comes in...that is an AWESOME feeling. It is the ultimate validation of your idea. It says someone you have never met has seen value in your work and is offering to pay with their hard earned money.

But then, the baby starts to cry. Its still needs you. It needs you to support its users. It needs you to add features. It needs you to fix bugs. It needs you to continually improve your website, your download experience, your marketing. In short, the baby needs even more energy from you now that its out in the cold world.

You look down at the baby. You are fatigued..after all you were in labor for a very long time. How can you muster more energy to keep 'this little project of mine' going? But the pride swells, the 'Ultimate Vision' has not yet been realized. So you roll up your sleeves and plunge in once again. You now have to parent the baby. You have to feed it, cloth it, and let it grow.

Its your baby, it will always be a part of you. And you will never abandon it or give up on it.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

woohoo! BiblePlayer makes Apple's Most Popular list

So i submitted BiblePlayer to Apple's downloads page and after almost exactly a week, it has made the top 10 list . Let's see how long it can hold on there. Lots of other great apps its competing against.

Friday, October 08, 2004

BiblePlayer 1.1 released

Im really happy with this release. Ive included some sample audio files so you can get an idea of how the text and audio work together. (since the complete audio fits on 2 CDS, its impossible for me to offer it for download. This way I can provide a small sample and not kill my bandwidth bill).

Dont worry, I got some more cool ideas up my sleeves...buahaha

Release Notes: Whats new:
- added sample audio files. King James, World English, and Spanish Reina Valera
- fixed bible-in-year links to biblereader
- OT not installed by default. This gives room for all the other modules to show up.

Download it here

Thursday, October 07, 2004

BIblePlayer 1.1 due out soon

So several people have sent some bug reports. Mainly saying that the bible-in-a-year feature doesnt work. well it works, but only if you have the audio... duh..mistake on my end!

So the next update will have that will link to the bible text. And some other fixes to make the download experience better.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

How scandolus!!

It seems BiblePlayer is causing quite a controversy over at iPodLounge ... well not the app itself but the Bible. Interesting times we live in. The Bible is deemed offensive nowdays.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

BiblePlayer 1.0 is out!

Its aaliiiveee!. After some work, lots of patient testing, and one upload, I proud to present BiblePlayer to the world.

BiblePlayer lets you read and hear the Bible on your iPod. Also lets you read daily devotionals, bible stories, bible reading plans, and lots more.

Its free...come and get it!