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Brian
2106 days ago 0 comments Categories: General Tags:

Of course there are a lot of rough edges left to fix. I had no idea when beginning this project the size and complexity of what I was taking on. So eventually a decision had to be made to get it out to the public, warts and all.

 

As an interim measure, I changed the membership term from six months to a year, so people who signed up in the early days, before we had built up a sizeable member base, would still get decent value from their membership.

 

But here's hoping they won't have long to wait. I'm trying to get the word out through many means, and aiming for 5,000 members by the end of three months.

 

We will continue to work on the rough spots we know about, and no doubt members will point out more! This site started with an off-the-shelf social networking platform, and there have been several thousand hours of custom programming put into it already, to get the features and functions needed. My hope is, once I recoup my initial investment, to rebuild the thing from the ground up, but I don't want to go too far till we've had some real-life experience and learn what users really want and need.

ajeesh
2106 days ago 0 comments Categories: Tags:

Interesting young boy we met in Cruz Bay on St. John, USVI. In the last levels of secondary school, he talked with us quite a while about his education, and his hopes and plans for the future. Not particularly poor, and not a member of the elite either. His father was a small merchant. But he upset any stereotypes. He had a very steady commitment to his education and had his sights on becoming an electrical engineer. Very sober and mature for his age-- perhaps about 15. Changed our view of what is possible.

Brian
2108 days ago 0 comments Categories: Tags:

"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!

ajeesh
2153 days ago 0 comments Categories: General Tags:

Sandomeircz was still affected by the floods which swept through northern Europe that spring. Looking over the river valley, large areas of land could be seen which were still under water

ajeesh
2158 days ago 0 comments Categories: Tags: architecture

We went to Chicago in 2011 so my wife could attend a meeting, and I was interested in tracking down some information about the architect Solon Spencer Beman, who designed the Pullman village for the 1895 Chicago World's Fair.

ajeesh
2163 days ago 0 comments Categories: General Tags: Wawel Hill, Krakow

We spent most of our time in Krakow-- the cathedral on Wawel Hill is very grand

ajeesh
2166 days ago 0 comments Categories: Tags: storm, tag

Well, we’re almost there! Development has taken a lot longer than anticipated, because a number of features proved unexpectedly complex to implement. But things are coming together, so it’s time to start on the final step before we go live– what is called in the business “beta testing.”

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