Day one: it's more than a feeling!
This is Davew, reporting from ClubCompy HQ! Well I'd say Day 1 of the Kickstarter campaign was a thrilling experience. First of all, with almost no promotion yet, we have our first backer, (thank you so much Andrew!!) And at the easter egg level, how cool! I love the thought of easter eggs! (Hey Andrew, if you want to add a classic "That's Andrew" quote to your easter egg, send me a message and I'll make sure it gets in there and that you're first on the list.) Anyhow, what a great sign! Tell everybody about the infectious nature of easter eggs and/or posters!
I have some visibility into the behavior of my visitors, (though not enough, another todo). One thing I was surprised about was the frequency that the System Guide pdf was being downloaded. I mentioned that to my friend Jim Shore and he says, "well yeah, you get onto the shell and it's like ok: 'LIST' nothing to list, 'RUN' nothing to run, 'DIR' syntax error, 'HELP' syntax error. You've got a blank screen problem!" Uh oh, I've got a blank screen problem. And I did see some programmers tinkering a bit, so that's hopeful; it's not lost on many that there is something there there, just not in the ladle, ready to pour.
So, I'll tap the power of the Goog and put up some shell basics videos tonite and hopefully have some fun proggies you all can type in and play with.
Spread the word: ClubCompy is the real deal! Computer programming is fun again, and kids are going to dig this in a major, major way. You know we are going to breed the next generation of tough-as-nails programmers with this thing... The ones you want to hire but can't find... The programmers that are worth the on-shore salaries -- you know the type! ;)
Thank you so much!
P.S. Whoops I think the site is getting too much traffic, it looks like it just went down... An ominously good sign?! ;D
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