My fault

Open source and free software can be hard some times. Time constrains and priorities sometimes collide and people get disappointed and annoied.

I'm writing to tell everyone that I'm sorry. The QtCentre programming contest has been finished since a while back. The judges have been great, and the prizes are assigned to the winners. What is missing is the "press material" from me announcing this.

The reason for not having done this on time (which was about two weeks ago) are threefold:
  • Customer events at my work (due tonight, I'm speaking on Qt).
  • Deadline at my customer (due on Friday, i.e. overtime every day since last Thursday)
  • 7 months old daughter that I really want to see, at least on weekends as I leave for work before she gets up and see her fall asleep at night.
I know my failure to deliver means that people get upset. The judges who are done since a while back and get lots of badwill from this. The contestants not getting the final results and our sponsors, seeing a negative spin around the final stages of the contest.

As this week will continue to be hellish for me, I can only promiss to get this done during this Saturday. I hope that this will be quick enough and that you all can accept my appologies. If not, don't nag the other guys - it is my fault.



At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Johan take your time, stay with your family as much as you can!
we're only curious to know the results, but we can wait!

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you do this on your spare time, do this when you have the time and the motivation to do so.
What could be cool is just posting a comment on QtCentre's forum telling people that you are busy and the the results will only come in 2/3 weeks so that people are informed of the situation

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Johan Thelin said...

I know, and I have done so this morning. Thanks for understanding.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous David Boddie said...

I think everyone involved on the administrative side of the contest was short of time this year, making it less fun than it could have been. Anyone who gives you a hard time over it should seriously think about stepping forward to help out next time.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Fri13 said...

I think that some endusers gives too much pressure for developers who spend their own time to projects.

The Open Source idea is not business, it is humanity. It is the freedom what allows us to enjoy it.

There should not be such tough deadlines or demands from others for those who gives their own time freely. If developers life changes, it should be about their time. It is their personal life and time what they can choose do they spend it for FOSS or for other things like family etc.

I dont wanna demand someone to give their family time for FOSS development, not even that would move "deadline" by one two weeks.

I would ask if someone else could come to help those who can not manage to do what they would like to do.

The FOSS development should be a living working environment where everyone helps where they can.


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