Blog: My Brain on Cards


As I had teased in my g+ profile, I started this year compiling a number of ideas into actual plans. Ideas that I had carried around for years, sometimes. Mostly this concerns the AEC rewrite, but also the way in which I want to change our service and support around that.

You will note that I have blurred out parts of it for now because while I'm comfortable writing them, I'm not yet comfortable having everybody read them. I will let you know when I do make that part visible on twitter/g+ in time.

(Yeah, I do realize that comes across as a little grandiose, sorry about that.)

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When you receive an e-mail from Nigeria mentioning a business proposal and the intent to wire funds to you, the reaction is positively pavlovian:

Oh, that again. How many millions do I stand to make now?


This one, however, was different. The client on the other side of the wire really did contact me because he had trouble paying.

Looking into this account, I saw that he had succesfully paid before (through a friend abroad, as I found out later), he just needed a new connection this time.

It crept up on me how odd this was - A client who had gone through a good deal of trouble paying me before asking me what trouble he could go through now, to pay me again.

Not odd in itself, but in comparison to other requests:

Part of my job consists of trying, over and over again, to reassure prospective clients that it is a worthwhile investment of their time and money to go with my software.

Often times, the reaction is not curiosity or goodwill, but something ranging between the aloof and the mocking.

Alright, buddy, so you seem to think your software is good? Well, you better make sure I'll be happy on the other side of this transaction or I'll be seriously angry with you.

None of that was to be seen here.

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Upcoming Price Changes

With the final release of the current AEC branch soon out of the door, I'd like to take a quick minute to discuss our pricing. I have adjusted it from time to time over the years and with AEC finally mature enough (for my taste), it's time for an adjustment to reflect that as well as some other changes that just make sense.

The bottom line is: Prices will be raised while staying competitive, especially for long-term members, and we will bump the minimum access and support time.

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In the past, I have written about depression and boy have the last months ever been depressing. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would start to eliminate sources of my blue fever and came to the conclusion that I can no longer maintain being worked up about Joomla. To explain that, I must first give you an introduction of how I see our world right now, then talk a little about my thought process about Joomla and finally write about some ideas for the future.

I have talked about this topic in private with a couple of people and resigned from a lot of chatrooms as a result of this. In case you wondered why I dropped kind of silent, this is why.

I am very slow to digest things like this and it is always at a cost to my productivity. I tend to overthink community concerns and end up pondering this stuff for ages - it took me two months to arrive at the point where I could write about it.

I don’t publish this article because I want a discussion, I publish it because I want closure to move on. Feel free to comment, but note that I have turned on approval mode. I don't want any bickering in here.

Also - on the word "community". It seems like almost anybody has their own definition on it, so here is mine for this post:

A Community is a group of people working (often together) towards a similar goal and/or in a similar setting.

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I'm now officially back from vacation - I had a very nice and relaxing time and already started to catch up on emails, work and the forums. I'm also preparing for J and Beyond 2011 - so see you all there!

I've brought some more pictures - after the fold.

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