December 14, 2006

Buzz is a weird thing. A perfectly legitimate innovation gets dumb down so much down the buzz line that the initial genuine idea gets reduced to some ridiculous “new” tagline.

That’s what happened today (against their best intention I’m sure) to Novazone. Green environmental friendly tech beeing fashionable, the news of VC funding this company has been picked up by CNET and Michael Kanellos posted a blog entry describing the innovation as “a way to purify water and keep food fresh with ozone”. Well, turns out that I minor in Geology (which included a Water Science course) and ozone purification is hardly new. A quick tour on Wikipedia turns out that article which informs us that ozone purification has been around since 100 years (no less!): “Ozone has been used in drinking water plants since 1906 where the first industrial ozonation plant was built in Nice, France”.

The real innovation from Novazone (cleaner, safer, cheaper ways to produce the ozone on site) has been lost in the process. Bah…


Chandler 0.7alpha4 released!

December 1, 2006

Whohoo! We’re done with a new Chandler milestone. 0.7alpha4 is finally officially out after more than a month of end game. The reason of this longish debug period is that we decided to be really serious about the quality bar, especially as far as stability was concerned. I credit that to the new Traceback feature that alerts you immediately when a failure happens (instead of silently burying it in the chandler.log). This brought a lot of bugs to the immediate attention of dogfooders and we fixed tons of serious repository issues as a result. Andi (our repository guy) confessed tonight he was glad 0.7alpha4 was finaly out…

There’s a bunch of new features in there that I’d encourage you to play with. One of the very important one is that Chandler is now using the new Cosmo 0.5 server: it is now possible to view your calendar in a web UI in any browser from any machine. It’s nice to see all the elements of the ecosystem as we call it coming together at last.

The result is a really stable dogfoodable release that I encourage you to try out. One advice though: stay clear from messing around with recurring item from within the dashboard view. We have a bunch of known issues with that in alpha4 that we’re working on fixing in alpha5.