MediaEngine's future, are you part of it?
I'd like to do a major overhaul on MediaEngine but my car engine blew up so now I have to replace that. MediaEngine is still on my mind, but I can't help thinking that its getting a little outdated. It does run well, but theres a lot of things that could use improvement, and it seems that the users move on to the next pretty graphic and cool thing. I personally can't keep up with the changing technology (new programming languages, directx, Vista, etc)/
I'd like some input on this. I'd like to involve some fresh talent on the mediaengine team, but usually all I get are people who want the source so they can make one little change and aren't really into the whole "making something for the world to enjoy" thing that got me interested in starting this project. Theres also people out there who i'd go through the whole interview process, only to give them the source and they could care less afterwards.
People like phat_b, Jy, and ABCD (and countless others i've worked with in the mp3car world since 1998) are few and far between. If you are ever lucky enough to work with someone like this, don't take it for granted. The experience is incredible.
As for the future of MediaEngine, I don't know. I'm not quitting on it at all, but i'm not really getting anything back out of it. We do a lot of fixes for individual users, but the majority of the users have no trouble with it, and we never hear from you. I suppose thats how things work in life.
Back in the day, there were only a few choices for car software. There was Cobra2 and 3, Magnetik's AutoPlay, and MediaEngine. Users had to pick and we were pretty much the de-facto standard. Life was good, and the users were computer geeks who knew exactly what parts of the program needed debugged and we talked daily on IRC b/c of my circumstances. These days, I get a few minutes now and then and its kinda hard to support thousands of people.
Phat_b does a remarkable job of helping out with support, and I do believe he is still actively coding on the project now and then.
If anyone is interested in being part of the mediaengine team, and has good coding skills in visual basic 6.0, please contact me. I'd like to still see some new work being done on the project, and I feel it needs a fresh set of eyes to pore over the work that has been done. I'd like to find someone with a passion for writing good stable software, and has an emphasis on designing something to share with others.