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Review post - Going live
Going live
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"Not with a bang but a" . . . few strokes of the keyboard. At about 4:13 a.m. EST this morning, the new Travel Companion Exchange crossed a nearly imperceptible line and came to life on the Internet. Sitting in my home office in Toronto, conferring via Skype with my developer in Kochi, India, I gave the go-ahead to rename a single file on a datacenter in Atlanta (or somewhere– one can never be quite sure on the Internet), and a new presence blipped onto the World Wide Web.

T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men," from which the familiar phrase above is taken, observes:

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Well, maybe not so grim in this case!  But between the conception and the realization of this idea fell a great interval. From the original contract to now, has required about 7 times the amount of time and over 10 times the amount of money as originally planned, and it's far from over yet. In the interval, I have churned through several developers (from very good to very bad) and faced doubts and challenges more than I could have imagined, but never once have I considered abandoning this enterprise. It’s just too good an idea.

The background to this incarnation of Travel Companion Exchange is told in the article “About TCE” on this site. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jens Jurgen who founded the original TCE, and has been a source of ideas and encouragement as I worked to fashion this new platform. Along the way, many people have contributed ideas and skill, often appearing at just the right moment. So now we cross the threshold from a private enterprise to a public endeavour, and I’m excited to see what TCE will become. I hope you find the site useful and rewarding, and I’m sure many of you will contribute your own good ideas as we go along. Thanks for joining me, and . . . enjoy your travels!

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