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Monday, October 31, 2005

Tablane -- another adventure begins.

We published the first beta of our Tablane browser on Friday 28th October at 5.59 pm. And nothing happened. My partner, Yongchun, and I, scratched our grizzled mawes, opened a bottle of wine, and congratulated each other on what we'd managed to do. With some part time help from two fine chaps, Barry Day and Paul Jackman, the two of us had just released a new Web browser from scratch in less than nine months. But it wasn't like a deadline in our previous lives with Red Fig when we'd complete a project at the 11th hour only to have it presented in front of several million viewers on British TV. Or when I arranged for URL put up on a TV programme for the very first time in April 1994 -- and saw a SPARC 2 nearly explode with the resulting traffic. This is much more low key -- an experiment in the power of the Internet to let good ideas rise and fall through the power of recommendation, and a little help from Google AdWords. Over the first weekend, we'd had about 100 downloads, and seen Tablane appear on a few blogs:

We've had a little feedback and issued a second release which fixes some of the first bug finds. So now, when we self-referentially run a search, it isn't only our own Google Ads on other people's sites we find, but something emerging out there. I'll be back to share thoughts on progress in the days and weeks ahead. So far, people are starting to notice our Lanes concept in the GUI, but we are really hoping that the Collections concept gathers some attention. This we think is where the power and innovation of our browser really lies...


Anonymous Richard Ridger said...

Congrats Julian!

By the way, you need to check your site in Firefox - the FAQ links don't work and neither does the Using Tablane section.

10/31/2005 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger Julian Ellison said...

Thanks for this Richard. We'll make the changes.

11/01/2005 09:47:00 AM  

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