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AmateurSpaceImages.com, A site to gather great amateur-processed space images
paxdan
post May 24 2011, 04:31 PM
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Hi Emily,

Is there an update on the launch date for AmateurSpaceImages.com? The site still says it was due for launch in early 2011.

Thanks
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post May 24 2011, 07:40 PM
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I'm sorry about the slowness. The developer is behind his schedule and I've been too busy to keep on his case, and now we've gotten into summer when I have a crazy amount of family travel. The current status is that it's in an alpha condition -- the guts of the site work (upload and display of images, editing of metadata within a moderator interface) but there are lots of refinements that the developer hasn't finished yet. I want to go back and forth with the developer a little bit more before I show it to the rest of the committee for their feedback. Once they've done that I'll consider it beta and will post about it here. I meant to change the date on the index page before I left on my current trip but just forgot. I'll have to do that when I get back home in 2 weeks.


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post Oct 21 2011, 07:41 PM
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Just an update. Progress is still being made but it is painfully slow and I'm frustrated and sorry it's taking so long. As I anticipated in May, I was too busy during the summer to keep riding the programmer, who, in the meantime, quit his day job and moved across the country and started business school. I started hassling him again in September. The current status is that I have, for four weeks, been in a state of "just gotta get the programmer to fix this one broken thing and then I can send it out to the committee for review." The problem is that every time the programmer fixes one broken thing, something else important seems to break. He is responding to my emails though, so, hopefully, I will be able to show it to some people soon. He has still only received 30% of the amount of his contract (the advance I initially paid him early this year), so fortunately I have quite a bit of financial leverage to make sure he finishes up the work to our satisfaction.

So, many apologies that it's taking so long for your donations to be put to the use for which they were so generously given. I am pushing hard.


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post Oct 22 2011, 10:41 PM
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No worries, E.; I'm certain that it will be well worth the wait!!! smile.gif


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post Oct 26 2011, 05:03 AM
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I'm sorry, Emily, but this is ridiculous. The person you hired clearly does not have the same priorities that you do. You shouldn't have to "ride" this person to complete the job. Perhaps I don't understand what you are trying to do, but I wouldn't have thought it would be so difficult to create an image gallery. I would suggest that you put the job up for bid once again.


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post Oct 26 2011, 07:12 PM
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Curious. A contract with the Planetary Society would be a feather in the cap of most programmers I would think. However we're not party to the details, so maybe there are some genuine issues that are difficult to resolve.
I'm sure it will be worth the wait however, and I look forward to the results.

Jase



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post Oct 26 2011, 07:22 PM
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QUOTE (CosmicRocker @ Oct 25 2011, 09:03 PM) *
I'm sorry, Emily, but this is ridiculous.


How about

QUOTE (jasedm @ Oct 26 2011, 11:12 AM) *
. However we're not party to the details, so maybe there are some genuine issues that are difficult to resolve.



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post Oct 26 2011, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE
to keep riding the programmer, who, in the meantime, quit his day job and moved across the country and started business school. I started hassling him again in September.

it sounds like this programmer is where i was back in 2002
just learning html and php , but i had a gallery up and running in a week .

Looks like you need a new person .
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post Oct 27 2011, 03:37 AM
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Everyone, just a general thought: One thing I've learned about projects is that it's always the most unexpected--sometimes ridiculous, or often ridiculously unlikely--things that bite you in the ass.

It's a pretty chaotic Universe, after all. I got some truly bizarre stories that I wish I could share but that's a vice of the old, and certainly not appropriate for this forum.

Patience.

It'll be worth it.


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post Oct 27 2011, 12:42 PM
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Programmer's view: being bit in ass.

Customer's view: needs a kick in the ass.

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post Oct 28 2011, 03:43 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Oct 26 2011, 02:22 PM) *
How about

It's true that we're "not party to the details," but I admitted that point in my original post. I was simply responding to Emily's post where she expressed frustration with the programmer's delays due to his life's-choice decisions. It didn't sound as if the delays were due to difficult, technical problems that bit someone in their behind.

I'm not trying to give anyone a hard time here, except, perhaps, the anonymous programmer. I'm confident that it will be a great site when Emily unveils it, and I, too, look forward to the results.


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post Jan 25 2012, 09:12 PM
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Hi Emily,

Is there any progress you're able to give us re: amateurspaceimages.com? I for one am keenly anticipating the project, and can't wait for the unveiling...

Jase
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post Jan 25 2012, 09:34 PM
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Yes. After a long period of being MIA, the programmer has subcontracted to another one. Progress is again being made.


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post Jan 26 2012, 06:25 PM
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Thanks Emily,

Looking forward to it!

Jase
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post Apr 12 2012, 08:54 AM
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From Emily's twitter: "In 2 weeks you will see a spectacular new Planetary Society website. If I do not work myself to death before then, that is. Goodnight, all."
What this could be? smile.gif


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