January 30, 2006

Call for beta testers... [closed]

We'd like to increase the pool of people who are in our private beta program for Delicious Library (version 1.6 and then version 2.0). If you like messing around with unreleased, buggy software for no money, here's your big chance!

Actually, it should be pretty fun; on 1.6 we urgently need people to test our Intel port and our new software focus for machines with internal iSight cameras. Then it's straight to 2.0, and all the really cool stuff in it.

It's worth pointing out that beta testing is a great way to start a career in software. It looks good on a resume, and it gets you noticed by engineers in your field -- if you submit a bunch of bugs to a company, it shows you have a keen eye and understand software, and they are going to remember your name later. Seriously, we've always known our top beta-testers by name, and they get much respect; someone might say, "Oh, O'Donnel reported a cosmetic bug in the main panel," and the engineers would be all, "O'Donnel? Dang, I better hop on that!"

I was a very active beta tester for NeXT and Lighthouse Design back when I first started my career, and ended up consulting with both of them as I started Omni. And, in turn, lots of the guys I've hired over the years first came to our attention as beta testers.

So, if all this entices you, for a limited time you can head over to our super-secret signup page, and start your new life!


UPDATE: Wow! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! We were positively buried in responses, and have all the testers we need for now. We will be periodically adding people as the current pool grows bored or moves on or what-have-you, so don't despair if you didn't make it in this round. Software always needs testers!



Anonymous Jake Covert said...


January 30, 2006 1:24 AM

Anonymous Jon said...

I'm all over this!

January 30, 2006 3:25 AM

Blogger Wevah said...

Oh! Heck yeah! I suppose I should get on that MacBook order....

January 30, 2006 3:41 AM

Anonymous Colin D. Devroe said...

Umm, I'd really like to test the betas. cdevroe@theubergeeks.net

January 30, 2006 6:24 AM

Anonymous brian w. said...

That's excellent. I read your whole post, and thusly, went over to that super secret signup page, and super secretly signed myself. up. Excellent.

January 30, 2006 6:35 AM

Anonymous Dan said...

Darn. Closed already. That's what I get for going snowboarding this weekend rather than being at home with my sweet, sweet internet access.

January 30, 2006 10:06 AM

Anonymous Jon said...

So, when will we hear back?

January 30, 2006 10:41 AM

Blogger Lucas Newman said...


As soon as I sort through a million, billion applications. Actually, everyone can expect to hear by at least tomorrow if they made it in.

January 30, 2006 11:23 AM

Blogger David said...

Yay, I made it in! I rock! You know, Wil, I'm still looking for an internship this Summer. So if you're looking for another "Padawan learner", as I believe you called it, I'd love to chat. On a *completely different note*, how are your cats doing these days? :^D
-- david

January 30, 2006 1:06 PM

Blogger Abhi Beckert said...

*sigh* I hate time zones... I so would've been all over this one. Aw well, I can't be on every cool beta team. ;)

January 30, 2006 1:40 PM

Anonymous Jon said...

Aww yeah! But stupid squirrel mail delayed my happiness two hours.

January 30, 2006 1:54 PM

Blogger Salvatore said...

I made it to the subscription page, and submitted it, but I got no reply... Oh sadness. :(

January 30, 2006 2:47 PM

Blogger Lee said...

Doh! That's what I get for stepping out an exercising! I'll never do that again!

January 30, 2006 6:41 PM

Anonymous tantric trevor said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing what cool stuff you've got lined up for v2. Keep up the good work DM!

January 31, 2006 7:50 AM

Anonymous paul said...

Thanks Wil & Lucas,
I'll give it everything I've got.

January 31, 2006 8:31 AM

Anonymous marc nothrop said...

Damn Wil, you keep giving away my secrets, like OSS volunteering and beta testing... I thought I was the only one to think of those! ; )

...and of course I would take my first holiday in years, the week you request testers! : (

Oh well, the week on a beach kinda softens the blow. ; )

February 01, 2006 5:44 PM

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February 04, 2006 1:56 AM

Blogger queens said...

Shawn K.

I would like to become a Beta tester. I huge comic and movie collector. Love your software to date.

April 06, 2006 12:09 AM


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