Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hiatus

A couple of you may have noticed that I was on an unofficial hiatus for the week of the tenth. If you're really attentive, you may have noticed that the speed of my responses to support requests in the last couple of weeks have not been what they were prior to the hiatus. Part of this is due to my moving back to campus and getting settled back in Buffalo. Part of it, however, is due to a problem with my classes. I won't bore you with the specific details of it, but suffice to say that from last week until today, I was unsure I was going to be able to take enough classes to be considered a full time student. And if I lost my full time student status, I'd have to drop out of college. Obviously, this was a huge priority (and source of stress) for me, and I couldn't devote much energy to android2cloud. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed a steadily increasing stream of expletives. This situation would be why.

Though the situation is mostly resolved, I still need to devote the vast majority of my energy towards my schoolwork for, at the very least, the rest of the month. While I'll be focusing on it all semester, I'll be living, breathing, and dreaming my school work for the next few weeks to try and recover from this situation in a gainly fashion.

To that end, I must announce I'll be on hiatus for the remainder of January, and probably as late as February 4th. I will strive to release the fix I've identified and implemented already during that time, and may accomplish it soon, but I can't promise anything. There will definitely be nothing beyond the version 2.0.4 bugfixes, however, until at the very least February. Additionally, the support I supply (mainly responding to emails and bug reports) will be heavily curtailed. If you do not receive a response at all, I apologise profusely. I'll try to respond to everything, but please be aware that it will most likely be a few a days before you hear from me. If you want to be absolutely sure your email will get answered, save it as a draft and send it out on February 5th.

In the meantime, I hope you'll all help each other. The help site is there as a communication tool, as is the Google Group. I'll do my best to approve pending Google Group messages in a timely manner, even if I don't respond immediately.

I would also love some feedback about what features you consider the most important, or don't care about. Do you care at all about hosting your own server? How important is stability? What features would you sacrifice for stability? If you could choose between stability in the service and hosting your own server, which would you choose? How do you feel about premium features? I don't want to charge anyone anything for my programming or anything like that, but if we could enable a feature that would cost us money on a per-message basis, the only way we'd be able to support it is through a per-message fee passed on to the users who opted into that. Would you rather I continue to try and improve the stability of the current service, or would you rather see things like Firefox support? Feel free to sound off in the comments, or discuss it in the Google Group.

Thanks for everything, you guys. I'll see you all on February 5th.

1 comment:

  1. For me personally it's the ability to run my own server, and the Firefox extension somewhere down the line. (Actually tried writing that myself but got overwhelmed quickly with where to even start and the prospect of implementing OAuth in there was not helping either.)

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