Vizrea was “unstealthed” today and makes a splash on the Seattle Times. From its humble beginnings in the basement of our nu-monastic-community in Prague (the Giant Peach) to the computer screens and fancy Symbian-based phones of the world, Jarda’s software, which became a joint Czech-USA project, has eventually been released. I am very connected to this software and will be using it WHEN it recognizes the MAC community and financially-challenged bloggers with old MMS phones.
The story of this software starts nearly 4 years ago in Prague when my good friend Jarda read a post on my old blog mentioning my desire to post images directly from my phone. Jarda, having left his Microsoft position, and giving some leadership to the Czech web portal Atlas, moved his office into the Giant Peach (our community) and got to work. Heres a short timeline with links to my old blog.
May 2002 – Jarda promises me some phone-to-blog software.
Dec 2002 – Jarda is working out of the basement in our house on his phone-to-blog software that is going to be called BlueLog.
May 2003 – Someone beats me to be the world’s first phone-to-blog blogger. Dangitt!!!
June 2003 – I write “I also want to use my mms phone more but am still waiting for the right software to get developed.”
2004 – Jarda hooks up with some old Microsoft buddies from Seattle.
2005 – I get an email from Jarda. “Hi Andrew, Andrew, Andrew :))))) Sorry, that it tooks three years and more to finish my promised blogging engine :))”
2006 – Software is eventually released as Vizrea Snap for the PC. Some say it will challenge Flickr.
Jaroslav (Jarda) Bengl is a great person, an avid photographer, a devoted follower of God, and a Geek par excellence. He is a considered the “father of the Czech internet” and we are very proud of him and his mates from Seattle. But here’s the thing – Vizera doesn’t work with Mac yet so I still cant use it. I also cant use it with my OLD Sony Ericsson T68i phone. That means, dear Jarda, that you are still not off the hook. Get back to work, dude!
HT: Alexandr ‘Sasa’ Flek (Jarda’s spiritual advisor)