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Joel on Software

2001/11/29

by Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, November 28, 2001

CityDesk Is Here!

CityDesk

A few last-minute details, then -- CityDesk is shipping! People can buy it! It's a great feeling after a lot of work.

Time to say thank you. First and foremost, thanks to the CityDesk team who made this release happen on time. Thanks to our beta testers, for bearing with us through thick and thin and five beta releases, for trying CityDesk and building your sites with it. Thanks to our families and friends for supporting us while we worked late. Thanks to you, Joel on Software readers, for bearing with me while I stopped writing about software in the abstract and spent some time doing it. It's been an exciting period and I'm going to sleep for a few months.

Do you have a T3?

The starter edition of CityDesk is free. But you can't download the free version yet because our office T1 can't handle the load and it will take a while to get the software up on Tucows.

In the meantime, we're looking for a volunteer with a lot of extra bandwidth who is willing to mirror the free version for a few weeks until we have a permanent server for it with lots of bandwidth. Please email me if you can do this.

The SETUP is 8 MB and we are expecting thousands of downloads in the first few days -- so don't volunteer unless you really have a ton of excess bandwidth that you'd be willing to donate :) Thanks.

Cool, We Got Mentioned In Australia

Sydney's IT News: "Most of all, Spolsky wants people to want his product. He writes: 'My number one priority is to make an application that's easy to use so that people like it, so that they tell their friends about it, so that everybody buys it and we have to hire full-time employees just to slit open the envelopes and take out the cheques.'" Actually, I think I said "checks!"


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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, which lets you organize anything, together, FogBugz, enlightened issue tracking software for bug tracking, and Kiln, which provides distributed version control and code reviews. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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