Okay, so altp pulled some stats for me (I didn’t even know this was hosted by him!) - averaging 1,126 visits a day. That’s enough to tell me that we need to stick it out. I had thought we were less than 100, judging by the forum activity, but it appears I was just being doomy and gloomy.
Also, Allnew appears from the ether to help with a redesign. For those that do not know, Allnew (aka Adam Olson) was one of the founders of BeGroovy, and has done pretty much all the graphics you have seen here over the various iterations of BeGroovy (minus that ugly blue and gold one I did in 1.0 that still shows up on BeBits once in a while).
So, at any rate, we’ll stay on the server we are on, taking our time to migrate whatever it is we need to move over to a newly designed site, and TRY to kick things in gear here again.
That all said, any volunteers with coding a new version of the site, or after completion, news posting, article writing, and/or forum moderation - or if you just have an idea or comment on new/current features, email me!
Okay, so here’s a topic that always ends up hot…
With the name change to Haiku, does BeGroovy change it’s name and start anew?
On one hand, BeGroovy has long been there for news and chat, as slow as things have been lately, we are still here. BeGroovy was a name chosen with a unthought about side benefit - it can be used in many a situation, and didn’t explicitly rely on Be in the name of the OS it supported.
But then, Haiku brings a new era to the BeOS community. It reeks of old, classic Be, yet is fresh as a spring breeze through the community. A site should move from it’s past and be re-invigorated with this new life, even at the expense of the old.
However, with Haiku’s new forums, and with the other news sites out there - and the lack posts to these forums and lack of enthusiasm to post news here - we haven’t gotten a single news submission in over a year - it’s all what we find and post, and we don’t post duplicate news unless specifically important.
Now, our server has only 1 month of life left. Yez and I need to move the entire site to a new server somewhere else, which will include a lot of re-coding and exporting/importing data - a lot of time that I’m not sure we have to commit to the task. Or we pay for the server and just leave things as is, at a loss to us (money for the ‘extra’ server), but we can keep the data intact as is.
Just starting anew or calling it done is more tempting with that upcoming task or the extra costs in mind.
It seems BeGroovy is now at a fork in the road. One path must be chosen, and the decision must be made soon. Which road to take? I leave that to you…
In a very fitting end to WalterCon…
Elvis spotted near WalterCon, chauffered away by his 9 year old grandson!
7 of the remaining attendants were at Chi Chi’s for dinner. On our way out, Elvis walked out wearing a sleeve-less blue plaid flannel. His hair hasn’t changed at all over the years, although his face has aged and he has put on a little weight.
He walked out, and an old oldsmobile drove up and he got in the car - driven by what couldn’t have been more than a 9 year old boy!
He didn’t respond to questions, and when asked what his opinion on the name Haiku, he stated “I’m all shook up”.
Well, okay, up until that last paragragh is true.
It was a great time, and I think we’ve all made some lifelong friends. I look forward to see everyone again next year sportin’ their spankin’ new Haiku laptops!
Bryan Varner and Andrew Bachmann demonstated Java running on BeOS! After lots of hard work, the beunited based development team has a working version of Java that runs on BeOS. The foundation is all in place and only the top, presentation layer of the implementation needs to be finished up before it is released to the community.
Simon Gauvin took time to talk about the role of beunited in the support of Haiku and the Haiku community. Developing standards, helping support application development, and being one of the distribution arms of Haiku are the goals of beunited.
With the start of WalterCon 2004 comes the new name for OBOS, Haiku. Too late for complaining, the t-shirts have been made. A URL to the images will be posted in the comments shortly.
So, you want to use that USB cool pendrive you got for your birthday with BeOS. In the past you could not but that has changed. Syarzhuk Zharski has been working hard to bring USB mass storage support to BeOS and now you can enjoy the fruits of his labors.Head on over to http://www.bebits.com/app/3889 and try the driver out. We have not had a chance to test the driver out for ourselves but will let you know our results in the comments once we do use it. Enjoy!
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