Getting Plugged In

Cross-posted from the Particls blog.

The alpha requests for the next round of testing are streaming in (now a list of many hundreds) and since Chris and I have had a good night’s sleep for the first time in a long while, it seems appropriate that I share with you folks what’s happened over the past several days. I guess you could say we’ve been inspired by Leeroy Jenkins.

The last release of Touchstone was pretty much a proof of concept. A one piece application that read RSS feed items, processed them and displayed them in a news ticker. Not very exciting.

This new version will introduce key architectural pieces that will make it possible for 3rd parties to develop input and output adapters for the Attention Management Engine.

Already we have received SDK requests from early adopters who get our approach in a way that has surprised and delighted us. They understand the potential of connecting multiple data sources with multiple outputs using a caching and relevance power plant in the middle.

Sure, out-of-the-box we will have the Feed Reader and a News Ticker and a System Tray alert and maybe even a Cursor Trail alert… but the real innovation begins when our development friends get their hands on the SDK.

While I work on finishing off all this low-level under-the-covers stuff, Chris has been working on polishing the interface. This new version of Touchstone will feel like a more professional application ready for prime time.

It really is true… 20% of the work takes 80% of the time.

Stay tuned for more…

The Cost of Coming First

Cross-posted from the Particls blog.

I just opened Visual Studio 2005 and started another “new project” for the 11th time just now. Chris doesn’t like it when I break the stable build to experiement on that “next killer feature”.

I guess the realisation of being a class apart in terms of Attention Management Processing means that we don’t have much reference material to copy mimic from others doing the same thing.

Research and Development (or as Chris and I have come to call it: “How the ***k do we do THAT!”) is something we have both enjoyed.

Now I suppose I need to store them somewhere in the SVN.