Updates, ereaders and lousy customer service

| January 31, 2012

Down with tonsillitis, so my coding is slower, and blogging much vaguer. (After fifteen years of this, I have tendons like piano-wire anyway so a slowdown might be a good idea). The hatchery will be getting an automatic adult remove after I finally figured it out last night. 3am fever dreams are good for something […]

Ereaders and updates

| January 25, 2012

I haven’t been blogging recently because I’ve been too busy coding. My major project has been a lightweight php e-reader that takes Smashwords samples and displays them.It’s now up and running and I’ve got feedback, ranging from ” cool!” to “I can’t fault this.” The tricky bit was the launcher – since I wanted it […]

Talking Money

| January 17, 2012

This is ridiculous. I hadn’t realised this until it came to the crunch, but I have a complete aversion to discussing monetary figures. I may have to ask someone else to write the sanitised (and more detailed) version of this for the Smashwords Tools blog. The issue is the referral links on the Smashwords widgets. […]

You know you’re a little geeky when…

| January 13, 2012

…after a day of PHP coding and trying to get putty and ssh to work together despite two networks that don’t want to talk (for a closer analogy, doing the PC equivalent of two computers standing in the corner with their fingers in their ears shouting la-la I can’t hear you) you relax by looking […]

Tools – an unexpected level of interest

| January 9, 2012

Last night I checked the usage stats on those tools. Then I checked again. Then I dropped an email to a friend asking if they saw the 500% upswing too. And then google produced this:http://www.smashwords.com/about/betaWe’re in the status update on the front of Smashwords itself. The only thing I would like to mention is that […]

Smashwords blog

| January 8, 2012

A blog for the Smashwords tools is up, at http://smashwords-tools.blogspot.com/. This is partly to record our dev work, but also to give a single place where users can leave feedback. Over the next few days I’ll be adding posts for each of the gadgets as a place to leave comments, and possibly tying those posts […]

More work done…

| January 6, 2012

The database problem is fixed, so I should be going back to the front end to get the rest of the functionality built. Here’s an ethical issue – when there’s less than 10% of the original code left, can I change the licence information to read “based on”? After all, anyone downloading the original package […]

Coding and more Coding

| January 5, 2012

It’s odd. Last year my resolution was to eat healthily, clean up my lifestyle and so on. This year, I’m back on the sugar and caffiene and I’ve probably got more done in the first few days than most of 2011. It seems nature doesn’t think I’m naturally a health nut.On the other hand, I’ve […]

When purely positive feedback isn’t always good…

| January 4, 2012

Yes, this is about the Smashwords Tools again with an update. Over Christmas, the tools went into open beta. The feedback on the tools has so far been either dead silence or positive (I’m ignoring the website, since it’s a glorified link collection right now).While we don’t track useage in anyway, our bandwidth stats do […]

Embeddable Stores – First Alpha of 2012

| January 2, 2012

Part of the joy of having a blog is gratitously testing alpha code, and then sometimes inflicting it on my readers. Like this: Mini-site and bundle of joy.Ok, my thought processes weren’t exactly enlightened (along the lines of “Why does Amazon have embeddable stores and not Smashwords?”) but the end result looks kind of OK.Why […]