I haven’t posted anything on this blog in roughly 18 months. So if people have been removing it from their Feedly accounts, I’d perfectly understand. With that said (and with no back catalog to back up the plan), I’d like to propose a plan where I write at least one column a week for the entirety of 2015 with the goal of always publishing at noon central time on Friday. If I can actually stick to this, I’ll require all my readers to give me a hearty pat on the back come Jan 1, 2016. You know who you are, Larry and my mom!
So to get started, I’ll try to do a quick summary of what’s happened in the past 18 months, excluding things I’m not allowed to talk about because of NDA. First of all, I have a job that pays me real, actual dollars, but I’m not allowed to say what that job is, due to NDA. It’s still only a contract job though, so if anyone out there wants to pay me fulltime dollars, I’d certainly listen. But I should warn you that I kinda love what I’m doing now, so any other jobs would need to have a healthy creative aspect to them to get my interest.
As of literally yesterday, I was elected President of the XBMC Foundation, which is frankly an empty title since all the board members do roughly equal amounts of work, but still it makes my resume look just a tiny bit neater.
We changed the name of the software we put out to Kodi, though the foundation controlling the software remains the XBMC Foundation, similar to how the Mozilla Foundation operates Firefox. I thought about changing the name of this blog to match, but honestly, since this blog is much more about operations surrounding the software with the occasional how:to guide thrown in, naming it after the Foundation really makes more sense in the first place.
People REALLY hated the new name. Or at least, some of the louder internet folk hated the new name. No idea how the community as a whole felt. It’s always worth remembering that a vocal minority does not a majority make.
Of those who hated it, the reasons appeared to be really hating the placeholder logo, hating change, hating the fact that the name didn’t mean anything, hating the way we announced it, hating the fact that we’re selling out (still don’t quite get that one, and hating that we didn’t involve the community in deciding the new name.
Two months later, after the new logo was presented, pretty much all the hate vanished, which just goes to show that when it comes to change on the internet, the most important part is simply weathering the storm, as people forget REALLY quickly.
We started really successfully selling t-shirts in the past 18 months. Honestly, more than anything, this is probably the most important thing that’s happened since I last posted a blog entry. Thanks to t-shirt sales by the community, we’re on a firm financial footing for the first time ever, and not particularly dependent on sponsors, all of which makes it MUCH easier to care more about the software itself and less about what other companies might think of it. I always like to talk about how important the community is to our organization, and it really is true, as that’s where literally all of our developers come from, but now that the community also acts as a major source of our financial independence, it’s doubly true. We’re thinking about offering up things other than t-shirts in the future, though what exactly remains uncertain.
On the platform side, Android has blown up quite a bit. Now that we’ve finally reached a point where almost all Android hardware is actually up to snuff, virtually every current Android device (and most set-top boxes) can at minimum run Kodi (also, it’s hard to remember to type Kodi instead of XBMC). Because of this, I plan on occasionally running a feature on some Android box that I particularly like for running Kodi. For example, I’m definitely going to be writing about the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, along with the FireTV Stick.
In other news, we’ve been in contact with more hardware and software companies about using Kodi in somewhat unusual ways. I’ll likely try to talk about those conversations a bit here too, though probably only after getting the go ahead from the companies involved.
Finally, there are some advances in the pipeline for Kodi that have been worked on but haven’t yet made it into main, which I’ll inevitably talk about at some point.
Long story short, it’s been an exciting 18 months, and for the foreseeable future, I’ll have a lot to cover every Friday at noon. I hope to see you around.