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The best way to predict the future is to blog it

Now that it's chock full o' post-WWDC tastiness, we love to "eat our own dogfood." As part of last night's development exercise, we rebuilt this site, again, from scratch, in Sandvox. Everything seemed to go smoothly and we were resting comfortably on our laurels, when an old friend emailed to say how impressed he was that we were inventing software that could predict the future and could he please get a copy?

What? As seems to be the rule in software development, the very thing we took for granted showed the bug. The posts for this weblog boasted completely incorrect dates, including an entry for August 15, then four days into the future! Oops.

It turns out there was some confusion of whether the site should be showing creation dates, or modification dates.  But we're still not sure how the dates got futurized! But not to worry, problem solved, site rebuilt, entries reposted. No more laurel resting.

Thanks for the catch, Mitch! (And apologies to Alan Kay.)

Results of the Design Survey

Now that our weblog is back on the air, we thought it would be a good time to announce the winner of our informal survey of people who signed up on our home page, asking about their favorite design.

And the winner is…


This Modern Life

The runner-up is:



Both of these designs were created for us by David Emery, who has been hard at work on a number of additional designs for us.

Honorary mention goes to:



Cathedral is one of several designs we've gotten from Eric Shepherd.

Thanks to all who voted in our little contest!

We have some other great designs on the way.  Here's a sampling:

Branching_Out Trippy_Tints Vector Open_All_Night

Back on the Air

Astute Karelia observers may have noticed that even though we set up a Sandvox development weblog on the new Karelia site, it hasn't been updated since its debut at WWDC a couple of months ago.

As it turns out, we got so much insight at the aforementioned conference, we decided to re-engineer some key pieces of the program before we proceeded further. We're still pretty much on track for our originally anticipated release timeframe (still a good couple of months away) but we now have a much more solid system.

Our goal, after the internal reorganization, was to get our website re-built and re-published. This is the site you are viewing now. A few subtle differences on the outside, but a big improvement in the program that built it, which you can't see quite yet.