[bksvol-discuss] Re: Books I have for submission

The fixing of the submit link so new submitters can use it more easily is priority one. Without the fixing of the submitting process, bookshare will simply have fewer submisions. After that, we need updated lists so duplicate submissions can be prevented.

This is only my loudly expressed feelings and not a scientific survey.

E.
At 12:05 AM 4/17/2006, you wrote:

Hi E,
I know a redesign of the upload process is definitely on the list of things wanted for BookShare version 2.0.
Keep in mind that all engineering items are expenses to BookShare. It costs money to do everything unfortunately. And they're spending some on new employees just now.
Here's a question for you though, decide what the top 5 engineering improvements you would like to see happen. Make your list specific. I'm interested to see what people think is the most important.


Jake
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I just bet engineers at bookshare could come up with a decent solution if someone just put some effort behind it. What I question in this whole discussion is the amount of effort (not talk and promises but effort) being given these truly important matters.

E.


At 11:55 PM 4/16/2006, you wrote:

Hi E,
Sending big files over the HTTP protocol has been a pain in the rear end for years now. I don't know that the BookShare system is totally to blame in this case. I've seen lots of other sites have trouble with big upload files across a website. Other protocols like FTP (file transfer protocol) is much more suited to the mass transmission of data. Peer to Peer apps use differing protocols as well.


For whatever reason, download over HTTP works great. But uploading is that other story. Case in point, the progress bar when uploading isn't accurate at all. Neither is it accurate when downloading a large page. About the only thing that is accurate are actual downloads. And, half the time that is done through an FTP connection in the background.

What are the engineers doing? Well, they did release that braille file upgrade a couple months back. Jeniffer is busy learning everything about the BookShare system, and I know that she'll be talking to the engineers about how things work. Additionally, based on the promotion the newsline feature is getting, an upgraded interface might be on the drawing board as well.

Hang in there guys, we are getting two new replacements for Marissa's old job. Benetech/BookShare have hired people and are just as excited as anyone that the quality of service will improve. The pieces have been put in motion, it is up to us to let BookShare warm up the newcomers to jump into the arena. Have faith, the staff really does try, and knows all too well the enormous amount of work the project that is BookShare requires.

Jake
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Try again. If you fail, you may have to save a copy without images and upload in case the size chokes the system. What kind of system are we using anyhow where it chokes like this. Folks send huge huge files over the net all the time. What is going on with bookshare's upload that the engineers cannot fix? While we are on the subject, since the site has not changed or improved perceptably in the last six months, what are the engineers doing anyhow?

E.

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