Thursday, December 9, 1999

Dec 09 1999

Well, I’ve decided on the path that I’m going to take with Informant. I’m going to concentrate less on releasing it as soon as humanly possible, and more on increasing its featureset. It’s OK that there are other newsreaders out there; Informant will be the most powerful (eventually). I’ll just have to stay in the race longer than any of the others.

As a result, I’ve started to spend less time on Informant. I’m going to start writing and sketching and all that good stuff again, while still spending time on Informant. At least the pressure’s off, so to speak.

In the meantime, I’ve come up with an interesting way to fix the bugs that I’m having particular trouble with. I’m going to sponsor a contest: I’ll post the code somewhere, minus the important bits that actually talk to the news server, and invite people to download it and try to fix a particular bug. The first person who does so will win $20. I think it’ll work nicely.

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