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    Mac based software - Bribes and Bounty!

    Hello all-

    I've been following the Mac based carputer scene for a while, and I've gotten quite frustrated that there hasn't emerged a well polished, complete system.

    The few projects that are out there have developers who have busted their butts, to be sure. But let's face it, none of these is a robust, stable platform ready for the primetime. No offense guys.

    Since I am not a capable enough dev to "roll my own", I've done the next best thing. I've put my money where my mouth is.

    If you go to Superimposable.org you will see that I've created a site with Milestones and High Level architecture for an OSX based carputer application.

    I've furnished some bribes, and donated $100 on BountyUp.com to get the ball rolling.

    Developers: If you want some schwag (and money!), here is your bribe- Superimposable.org

    If you aren't a developer, but are as desperate as I am for a polished base system, no worries!

    You can contribute bribes and bounty as well, Superimposable.org


    I am not affiliated with BountyUp.com, I am simply using them as the Bounty escrow service. Monies donated through them will be held until the completion of a milestone. If the milestone is never completed, the money will be refunded to the kind donors who put the stake up to begin with.

    I've made the initial contributions, now who wants to help get this ball rolling forward?

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    deff tempting

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    tempting. I must say tho that most, if not all devs here, barely have time to work on their own FEs. you should post on other mac developer centric sites/forums.

    maybe once the money gets higher you could lure others from here
    check us out at: www.neonboombox.com

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    $100 for an app is a steal! Any dev willing to do it for that money I would be weary of offers when it is this low.

    If it gets to 4 digits, I may consider it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    $100 for an app is a steal! Any dev willing to do it for that money I would be weary of offers when it is this low.
    You may be missing the point. I am not offering $100 for an finished app..

    I am trying to get a crowdsource movement going for an app. Theoretically, the payoff to the devs would be as great as the community demand will support.

    People tend to dismiss projects where the money is virtual, and talented devs dismiss projects that aren't worth their time. $100 is not going to pay the rent, but for a single starting contribution, I hope it's substantial enough to get some attention.

    NeonDev:

    I agree wholeheartedly. I have already begun shopping this around my own circles, but the trick with crowdsourcing is getting people involved on all levels.
    For example, your time is valuable and otherwise occupied. I hear you. But your own project allows for dynamic palette changes to a theme. Perhaps this is something you may consider contributing down the road.

    Long story shorter, this is not designed to be a single person effort. Between contributions, promotion, and actual development, this will take a community effort.

    Like I said, just trying to get the ball rolling

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    What gives...

    I've talked to a number of people I know professionally/personally, as well as random lazyweb devs. And the overall response to the Bounty idea is "Meh..".

    I've been involved in a lot of OSS in the past (where there was no bounty..) and usually you have a decent cross section of people really excited to get cracking. As is often the case in OSS, of course, these same people often burn out halfway through, but I digress.

    Is the market demand for a suitable Mac front-end really so low? As I think about it, I suppose it really is a tiny niche (Mac) within in a tiny niche (Car computing).

    Maybe what I want is too far off from the mean standard..
    Perhaps I am going about this the wrong way altogether..

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

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    The first problem I see is that the front-end is really about what you want in it, so people aren't really excited to jump in.

    However, I say the best bet is to hit up Rent-A-Coder and get it made. It may cost a bit but you can get EXACTLY what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathChill View Post
    The first problem I see is that the front-end is really about what you want in it, so people aren't really excited to jump in.
    You mean in terms of feature set? Am I trying to be too specific?

    I went with the things that seemed to be constant sources of aggravation, but perhaps you are right. Perhaps what I should be chasing is an extensible front-end, or sponsored development on specific modules/plugins for another (existing) front-end.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeathChill View Post
    However, I say the best bet is to hit up Rent-A-Coder and get it made. It may cost a bit but you can get EXACTLY what you want.
    While you are of course correct that this could be done, it sort of eliminates one of my goals.

    While I certainly want a polished package available for my use, I am really hoping to figure out a way to drum up a community around a project, so to speak. This is one of the big reasons I felt it was a necessity to have a GPLv3 (or compatible).

    Thanks for your .02 DeathChill, it's certainly appreciated.

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    Well the closest you have now is Neon Boombox. And I believe the devs are accepting input on what you want, and there will be plugin support for it from what I have heard. Hopefully it will turn into a mac RoadRunner for you guys.

    Until then just run RR in parallels like normal people!
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Well the closest you have now is Neon Boombox. And I believe the devs are accepting input on what you want, and there will be plugin support for it from what I have heard.
    True enough, and NeonDev (obviously) is quite active in this mp3car forums/community.
    My biggest concern is that NeonBoomBox is not OSS. It's not price that concerns me, it's sustainability.

    What happens when life catches up to NeonDev? It happens, it has happened. We can hope that NeonDev releases the source, but even still there is no guarantee that the code will be of (much) use to anyone else. If we're lucky, NeonDev maintains meticulous documentation / architecture description / verbose commenting..

    And all this is A) Assuming the worst [I certainly hope that NeonBoomBox flourishes] B) the source is released.

    But your point is well taken: Rather than re-invent the wheel, why not help along existing projects. Perhaps it would be more fruitful to start a Bounty project supporting the development of a solid OBD-II plugin/module. Or GPS. Or what-have-you.

    Frankly, the more I mull this over (and get feedback from here and elsewhere) it seems like this is the only logical way to get anything done.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Until then just run RR in parallels like normal people!
    Now that's just ridiculous

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