Archive for the ‘General’ category

What have we been up to?

May 3, 2007

We aren’t dead! Let me say that first. In taking a step back and bringing on Cheryl as lead coder. Things are moving along well. We are expecting to relaunch Blogwerx and Sentinel by the end of the month. In going to Demo we also learned a great deal and gained some valuable insight as to what features Sentinel users would like to see. We will be incorporating some of those requests when we launch.

30 Days after the launch we’ll turn on the synonym matching aspect of Sentinel as well. We look forward to bringing Sentinel to the blogosphere and a solution that is functional.

Thank You,

Taking a step back.

April 8, 2007

Some of you might have noticed the Blogwerx site being down. This is being done for several reasons. One we are moving it to new servers and 2nd is the largest.

Due to issues we have had with unreliable developers I’ve decided to pull Blogwerx down on a temp basis. Cheryl who I mentioned in my previous post is working on the back-end with some new additions. I excited and glad to have her as part of the team. At the same time I cant see continuing to allow registrations, even though they are free to continue.

Allow me to say that Sentinel and Blogwerx have not fallen by the waist side by any means. We are just taking some time to regroup and relaunch now that the right resources are all on board.

With that being said I’m hoping it should only be a few weeks before we relaunch. This blog will stay up and be a continued location for information.

On a personal note, I wanted to thank those that have registered and those that are still very interested in Sentinel when you approached us at Demo. There were some mistakes made and lessons learned, I’ll be the first to admit that. I’m looking forward to the future and what it holds.

Thank You

Quality, It’s hard to find.

March 31, 2007

After going through developer after developer, we’ve added a new member to the team. We welcome Cheryl and what she brings to the table. Cheryl has been a developer for the past 12 years on some big projects. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and will get Sentinel back on track.

I also wanted to thank the community for sticking by as we went through some rough times. We’re excited on what the future holds for Blogwerx and Sentinel.

Why is Sentinel Taking So Long? Ugh, Coders and Delays…..

March 8, 2007

I have to come clean and explain to the community that has registered, show interest and have been waiting why results have taken so long. First allow me to state that being a start-up of 4 people working virtually isn’t easy by any means. I also understand now why most web based start-up are built with 20 somethings with no families, houses to take care of etc.

So, allow me to explain. Sentinel has been my dream for about a year, finding others to believe in that same dream hasn’t been easy. It’s been a long tough road with people coming and going within that timeframe. That leads me into dealings with people. In a small start-up as some of you will know. Every person is key in what they bring to the team and the project as a whole.

I had found a true programmer, explained the concept and business model behind Sentinel, the business model and what I needed to get it off the gound. It seemed at the time that we fit well together and development started on Sentinel. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a hardcore programmer, yet I can understand what’s going on and how it should work etc. So, if he was an in the trench kind of guy, I’m the guy on the ground standing at the top of the trench looking in. With me so far..

Time goes by and I hear about Demo a show to launch new companies. I applied not thinking we would get an email back. Well, we got invited. Whooo Hooo………….. (reality sets in) “How do I come up with $18.5K to get there?” Well, I did and that was that.

Time goes by, I “think” that code is being written, I’m shown basic workings and we continue. Well, with Demo you dont get a refund after a point. You lose what you put in. Ouch! Also, not knowing about Demo they have rules that as a new start-up your supposed to follow to the letter. Can’t launch prior to Demo and you must be ready to launch at the show. 

Ok, no problem

Well, we have the site done, the front-end of Sentinel done and then……. yes, the main and only guy with the code goes MIA!!  So, I slowly see my dream slipping. I see the money that has been invested to getting to Demo gone etc.

So, that’s why there has been such a long delay in returning results. The back-end is being finished and results will be displayed shortly.

I just wanted to be upfront and honest with the people and community that has show a great deal in what Iwerx and Sentinel is looking to accomplish. This by no means is a sign for things to come, nor does it show that Sentinel will die on the vine.

Once the back-end is completed everyone that has registered will be taken care of.

Thank you for the understanding, I and Iwerx look forward to serving you in the near future.

Tony Moura – Founder
Iwerx

Crawling Takes Time

February 15, 2007

The end of January and the start of Febuary has been an exciting and trying time. We have had hundreds of users register and have crawled hundreds of thousands of sites. There have been some issues though. Making matches based on other metrics besides just text is fairly easy. We have encounted some issues and error trapping that we didn’t forsee. If I could have I should have been playing the lottery and not spending countless hours building a company and Sentinel.

So, whats that mean for the current users? It means that we have a few things to iron out. We are working on them sa fast as possible. It will insure that we dont have these issues going forward in the future and have a solid solution.

I can understand how Henry Ford felt when that first model A rolled off the line. Excited, then the engine stopped running. It happens, we find the problem, address it, fix it and move on.

I’ll keep you posted…

Tony Moura

New Developer Added

February 3, 2007

I would like to announce that Iwerx the parent company of Blogwerx has brought on Courtney as a developer to the team. Courtney brings years of development background to the table with such clients as The Department of Defense, Depeartment of Justice and a handfull of fortune 500 companies.

Courtney’s skill set includes PHP, .Net, Java, Ruby on Rails and other backend languages.  We’re excited to bring Coutney on on welcome him to the team. We have taken this step in being proactive in addressing some of the issues and needs that have already been brouht up by the blogging community.

Welcome to the team Courtney!

DEMO 07′

February 2, 2007

Whew! Just getting home and going through Technorati to see the buzz if there is one about Sentinel… It’s interesting about some of the things being said and thats great, both the good and the “wait to see” comments.

Within the blogosphere being honest is the best policy. Was Sentinel where we fully wanted it to be for bloggers to sign up? Hard question, the reason being is the core of Sentinel, the algorithm that runs is there, the ability to make the matches exact or any form of partial is there etc. Some of the bells and whistles we just didnt have time to complete before DEMO.

Being a small start-up of 3 guys that are self funded you have to figure out real fast what you need to get done versus would you would like to get done. It was also my fault, Tony Moura that I didnt mention that by registering for Sentinel, you were registering for the free version that has a 2 week turn around time to generate its report and send you an email requesting you to login to see whats been found.

We dont claim to have all the answers, we triy our best in bringing new technology to the Blogosphere where there currently isnt one. Sentinel will grow as the community that uses it grows. We count on users to let us know what we can do to Sentinel to build a more usable product.

So, before any results are compiled and emails are sent out in 2 weeks. The bells and whistles will be there.