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Old 01-21-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
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Question Where is everybody?

Hello developers,

Where is everybody?

Did your Iliad break? Did you switch to the ER1000? Did you run out of spare time? Out of ideas? Out of motivation?

Ongoing development for the Iliad is not possible without a group of ‘fanatic’ dreamers, thinkers, hackers and programmers…

Tell us, what's on your mind?
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:11 AM   #2
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Speaking of myself, I did run out of spare time 2 years ago.

Nonetheless, I've managed to study the Lua5 book, have started tinkering with the dillo2 sourcecode and have a lot of ideas for the iliad. But they will advance at the usual snail-pace.

The major problem is that I'm not actively using the iliad because of the boot time or because of the brittleness***, so anything I do is usually just for experimenting or because it's reusable between the iliad and the zaurus (which is what I'm using daily).

OTOH, I'm becoming very proficient on doing embedded subsets of debian for the zaurus, and that would be a posibility to fix the boot time of the iliad... Only if I had time to test it, sigh :-/.

*** I wouldn't handle the iliad to a 2-year-old, but I confidently handle him the zaurus...
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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I'm also in the "run out of free time" group.

I used to do most of my development during my down time at work. However, I've quickly run out of that. I keep thinking that things are going to slow down, but alas, they haven't yet.

I want to spend time doing iLiad stuff at home, but I've got a few projects there that I'm working on as well. Not to mention when I get home from work, I'm so drained that I want to just mindlessly stare at my television in order to recharge.

I have plans to work on the iLiad. Porting the new version of FBReader, setting up the first release of the iLiadOS, etc. But time is definitely the biggest issue.

I promise I'll get around to everything one of these days...
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:19 PM   #4
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Time is my problem too. I'm basically in a situation where my funding has run out, and I also have various social pressures, so I need to finish my thesis immediately. Hence, no more free time.

But in a month or two, everything will be finished and (hopefully) my life will be in a stable state, and then I should be able to get some work done on iLiadOS when I'm not busy applying for jobs. I'm very excited about the new ContentLister, but I have so little time I haven't even tried it out yet.

Incidentally, if anyone knows about any job openings (postdoc in materials science, or something in software development) I'd love to hear about it!

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Old 01-26-2009, 07:49 AM   #5
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Add me to the "out of spare time" group. As the semester is running here in Germany I don't have much free time at the moment. But this may change in about a month when my exams will finally be over.

In addition I recently got an Iphone which I love to play with, although I don't use it to read ebooks on it. But the time I usually spent with my iLiad is now occupied with my new phone...

As soon as I have some spare time I will definitely spend it with my reader...
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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I've also felt that the forum was calm and quiet these last few weeks, but I don't think that's bad.

I think the Iliad has achieved (thanks to the active developers in this community) a very high level of 'completeness', and I understand this silence in the forum as an indication that people are actually effectively and productively using it. I know I do.

Although I have a couple of ideas to improve (yeah, even more!) its usability, those belong to the 'refinement' stage. I guess the calm in the forum just means a new era has began.

Cheers!
to all developers out there, with or without spare time!

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:55 PM   #7
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I am also finishing my thesis and already spend to much time trying around all your hacks for my new iLiad. A really great job from all of you, btw... Thank you very much! In my (rookie) opinion they are what set the iLiad appart.

The thing is that after I finish my thesis, in a few months, I think perhaps I could contribute a bit. I have some experience with C and gtk and have been in the linux/computing word for quite a few years now. And... I'm really interested in some ipdf with all the combined features, so that I don't have to go back and forth between versions when changing from physics papers to more "normal" books.

So... we'll see
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