Friday, January 30, 2015

Sod’s Law

If something can go wrong, it will.

My last post was about how well things were going and how I was aiming for a V1 release of APHound on Jan 31st (tomorrow). A tweet last Friday said I’d pencilled in Jan 30th as V1 day.

Things were proceeding nicely, release checklist items were being ticked off, the code was locked and tagged in SVN, the website just needed some text tweaks and a couple of new screenshots, the integration with E-junkie for and onwards to PayPal and my new 2Checkout account was done.

Then the snowball started.

Our dog, Hank, had trouble getting out of his bed last Saturday, he was in obvious discomfort and was having trouble standing. Hank is my ISV buddy. When I was working on StrokePlay he was my reason to take breaks and go for  a walk.

Hank’s a big part of the family so there was no delay in getting him to the emergency vet. The suspect was a back injury so pain meds and rest was the initial advice.

Roll on Sunday and he’s worse. So off to our regular we went. More pain meds and an appointment on Monday for X-Rays. Monday was a worried blur. The diagnosis at the end of the day was arthritis in the spine and a potential kidney issue.

Now we know what’s up. Hank will be on long term pain meds, more rest and a new kidney friendly diet.

The snowball effect?

Hank needs care at home for the next while. Luckily my current client is very flexible and I was able to up my remote working ratio. To make that work I needed a few changes to my development environment, the biggest being an upgrade to Windows 8.1 for the Windows Phone emulators in Visual Studio.

Who on earth thought a viable upgrade path from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro would be best served as : carry over user settings and documents but make the user re-install all of their applications? Mind boggling, and a time soak.

After fighting through disk moves and the reinstallation of Windows 8.1 I thought I was there. Nope, there were further issues when I installed the emulators (network related) and the installation of 8.1 seemed to have effects on the remaining Windows 7 installation. It was all eventually sorted.

That must be all now! Yeah, right.

2Checkout. Having selected them as my alternate payment handler I went through the application process, provided all the documentation they asked for and after a short time the application was approved. That kicked off my work to integrate them with E-junkie and add them to the new website. Just after that work was complete I received an email saying they’d decided not to offer an account after all and they promptly closed it. Emails are flying backwards and forwards now to ascertain what’s going on.

The downside? I’m about 3 days behind where I need to be.

The upside? Hank is much better and we now know he has a couple of issues we can help him with.

Perspective. Everything I’m doing on the ISV side can be easily accommodated and timescales adjusted just now. Hank needed my attention and that’s where the attention went.

Still on track for v1. Just a couple of days adrift.

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