Friday, 6 August 2010


I just finished writing emails back to everyone who emailed in ideas and suggestions for how I could improve the Open SciCal, and questions about the hardware. Over the next couple days, I have a LOT of projects to work on, and a lot of examples... I don't know how I'm going to sleep, there's so much to do... and it's already 4:40 am as I write this, and I haven't slept a bit.

But first, before I start those projects, I really wanted to thank the folks at Wired, Gizmodo, and Make for giving the Open SciCal so many hits and so much attention... it was so much, in fact, that the poor little server that hosts Liquidware slowed down to a halt with all the pagehits, and had to be rebooted.

I certainly learned a decent amount about server uptime and cache overflow errors.

Most importantly, though, I have a notebook now, filled with requests, ideas, programs people would like to see running on it, hacks for the hardware, etc. That's the fun part of Open Source - I probably wouldn't have come up with a fraction of that on my own, and now Will, Chris, Justin, Mike, John, and I are going to have a blast writing all these features into the app software and giving them back as improvements to the Open SciCal.

Thanks again...

Now I feel I need to comment on that last one... Nerd Excalibur. Ok, that's pretty funny... so I typed "nerd excalibur" into Google images to see what I'd find, and this was the first picture:

"Aye, program in TI-BASIC and you my die before your app finishes. Use R and you'll live... to see another function. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the transcendental functions, from Sine to ArcTangent, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell other calculators that they may take our math functions, but they'll never take... OUR SOURCE CODE!"

Insert rowdy adrenaline cheers from face painted hardware hackers and electrical engineers...

I could live with that I guess :-)


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