Wow, it feels like it's been ages since I posed anything here - not good! It's like nothing happened but on the contrary: there's a lot going on "under the hood", which may not be as sexy as some of the other posts, but still...
An interview in a local newspaper
"Het doosje dat Jeroen Tirion op tafel legt, lijkt op een groot pak speelkaarten, maar de inhoud vertegenwoordigt een totaal andere wereld. Het bevat een instrumentje dat in staat stelt de oorzaak op te sporen van een traag werkend computersysteem."
The first lines of an article published last week in "Den Haag Centraal" - a paid publication focusing on my home town. Ms. Joke Korving interviewed me for her weekly column "Stadsmens" - city person, and I'm really happy with the result. The story presents my project, in relation to my previous activities - from high school and beyond.
Of course I hope readers will pick this up, and when my solution matches their challenges, maybe we can make a deal.
Thank you, Joke!
In the last couple of weeks, we succeeded in expanding the team, in order to deliver solid applications (much more solid than my own prototypes).
Roman is working on the components to make the TANC Field Unit do its magic, to ensure all communication is secured against abuse, and to make the new status-LED present actionable info.
Roman has a background in computer programming, and is working on this project remotely from his home town Zaporizhia in the Ukraine.
Andrey is working on the customer-facing portal, to allow users to control their Field Units, to assign tests and schedules, and to view and graph the collected data into actionable information.
Andrey graduated with honors from Donetsk National Technical University and is working on this project remotely from the Ukraine.
We're keeping track of activities, software deliveries, bugs and fixes through Slack - which is a very helpful tool for a virtual team such as this!
Even though the company is far from a "real" business, I want to share this adventure with my friends and colleagues - so I'm linking up this site with those social media I use myself, i.e. Facebook and LinkedIn. To do this properly, I need to create/update pages on those systems as well as improve the company home site. So, where to start?
I made some changes to the main site before republishing so any new visitor will see a clean site. I added "social buttons", so to fill these in correctly, I had to build a page - first on Facebook, then on LinkedIn. The main challenge: what content to put where? For now I'm just making up content and copying left-to-right.
Weebly UI considerations
Weebly is a cool tool to quickly build a website - but not to build a shop! Besides being limited to 5 products in the unpaid version, modifying these products is slow and cumbersome. I couldn't even get the correct price to show up for our main product. Eventually I just hid that main product from the shop - wouldn't want to give away the secrets too early, right?
Besides this, I need to get used to some of the interesting ways Weebly handles language settings as well as what some element settings are called - and how they work. But I'm learning quickly...
Any self-respecting business or project needs a web presence: to invite people, to inform, to share. As a new venture, TiNC Works! is no exception to the rule: all of the preliminary ideas, concepts, visualizations need to become visible - to potential customers, backers, friends.
Today I'm starting this process by setting up a new site - not by slaving away on HTML and CSS, but by clicking away on Weebly.
First of all, I really don't want to do hardcore web development - that's not what this endeavor is about. The point-and-click of a service such as Weebly's hides all that. Instead I get to choose a professional theme so I can focus on content rather that technology.
Secondly, at this point in time there is no revenue for the nascent company, so a free trial is just as well. This still allows me to focus on content development without worrying too much about up-front cost.
Thirdly, I already have a Weebly account, to run my existing business Tirion Networks & Communications.
So far, so good. Please feel free to take a look around - I couldn't stop you if I wanted to: that would require a paid account.
The next couple of days I'll slowly fill in the pages I've defined so far - both to experiment with Weebly's features as well as to clarify the message I'm trying to send to all visitors.
Feel free also to drop a message on the blog pages, or send me a personal mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll enable a better mail account soon, to fit with the company's domain @tinc.works.
Jeroen J.A. Tirion is a networker by training. After "discovering" computers in 1982, he has been working in the field of computer networks since 1990 - with a particular focus on performance as perceived by the end-user.