“By the time (the Leaning Tower of Pisa) was 10% built, everyone knew it would be a total disaster. But the investment was so big they felt compelled to go on. Since its completion, it cost a fortune to maintain and is still in danger of collapsing. There are no plans to replace it, since it was never needed in the first place. I expect every installation has its own pet software which is analogous to the above.” – Guy Kawasaki
I know exactly how this feels.
Another quote recently came from another company which is building services based on Google Calendar and described it as trying to build a house during an earthquake.
Working with Apple’s SyncServices is similar. The only showstopper bugs we came across were related to “just the way SyncServices does things”. It randomly resets, wiping out your calendar data or your address book data or resetting your .Mac sync and the best Apple can offer is “Restore from your backup.”
And just for you snarky types, this happens on machines NOT running SyncBridge.
As a result of that, and also because of Leopard and “Calendar Server”, we’re redoing a lot of SyncBridge to try and make up for shortcomings in SyncServices. It’s delayed because of some contract work which came in as a bit of a surprise but Phil, our lead coder, will be at the Big Nerd Ranch in Germany next week.
And yes, there’s other products on the horizon….