October 12, 2002

The latest blog at Davezilla chronicles his distaste with the new Mac AIM client. I (luckily) never upgraded on any of my machines yet I have coworkers who have and they all have complaints, the main one being that the "Send" button isn't enabled until about a half-second after you stop typing. This prevents you from, oh I don't know, typing a string and hitting return to send it. Who would ever do that? Hello? Testing? Hello?? The other complaint is about dropped IM's, which I've seen with iChat and cause me to not be able to use it on my powerbook. Makes me think they share the same version of the COOL libraries (the AIM backend). Wonderful. My best guess is that it has to do with machines that sleep, since my desktop never sleeps and it has no problems at all.

A "friend" of mine has started a new blog. Move along, nothing to see here.

Chimera 0.6 should be out in a couple of weeks, we're just putting some finishing touches on it. I think we've finally stomped out all the crash regressions in QuickDraw, but it pains me to admit we really don't know why it was crashing. We know the date, we know the checkin, we even know what routine caused it to break. We even have a fix. We just don't have a clue as to why. Makes ya wonder.

What makes something 1.0? Do you just one day wake up and say "ok, I think we've got enough stuff" and tap it on the shoulders with a longsword? Purists would say "you can't make it 1.0 until it has XYZ." Well, that's bullshit. If we did that, we'd forever be at 0.9.9. At some point you just have to bite the bullet and take it out of the oven. We want...no, wait, we need normal people to start using Chimera, and there's no way that can ever happen until it has a version of 1.0. It's just a number, right? It's as arbitrary as any other number, but this one means normal people will stop and check it out. The interesting point is that Chimera seems to get some slack in browser comparison reviews because it's "only 0.X". What happens when we take away that shield? Will the reviewers stop pulling punches and give us real feedback? If so, then we need to remove that shield as soon as possible. We cannot just wait until it's perfect, because that day will never come. As a parent, that's a tough choice, but it's the right one, I think.

Posted by pinkerton at October 12, 2002 4:42 PM