It’s been a few weeks since I posted to this weblog and I’m overdue for an update. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, so please forgive my silence.
First of all, I wanted to report on what’s going on with Shion. Since the 2.0 release, I’ve received a number of bug reports and I’m working on the 2.0.1 release that will address these issues. In terms of device compatibility, I am also aiming to add support for the PowerLinc 1132U and EZFlora sprinkler controllers. I would like to include support for these in 2.0.1, but I will have to see how much time I have left after fixing bugs.
In terms of the overall project plan, I’m also reorganizing the project priorities a bit. The original plan was to release the desktop app, then an iPhone client, and finally some form of web interface. Since it seems that more people are interested in the functionality that the web interface can provide, I’m prioritizing that above the iPhone client for the time being. I hope to have something ready for my beta testers by the end of August.
I originally hoped to have more Shion-related progress to report by this time, but the realities of running a self-financed company have stepped in, and the majority of June was spent on the services side of the business, as opposed to the product side of the business. I’ve been hard at work on projects for the company’s clients and the work has been interesting and challenging. More important, however, is the fact that this work has allowed me to continue the business as the products spend time maturing and begin to take over bearing more of the financial burden.
Thank you for your patience and continued support,
Chris J. Karr, Founder & Chief Developer