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With the closure of our http://www.internetgumshoe.com website, I have archived the data off to a WordPress website.

This will allow you to continue to read our past reviews without the ongoing hosting costs.

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Article, Soapbox

 

THE READERS HAVE VOTED. INTERNET GUMSHOE CLOSES

At the start of this year InternetGumshoe was days away from closure and our great readership saved it.

In the days that followed I received lots of support and the webOS readership donated over $120 within 3 days of the donation button going live.

I refocused the website to fully support the webOS platform and the iOS side of things became more of a side line. 

Sadly, even as we stuck with webOS, the readership appears to have not been so loyal to us or webOS.

Our readership has declined massively over the last few months with May showing a total of 2,650 visitors, which is less than 100 visitors to the website a day. 

In May we received a total donatation of $5, and spent $37.10 on hosting and reviews. The large increase in spending on applications was due to the lack of free applications being released and that only two developers offered promo codes for webOS software in May. As our goal was to bring you daily reviews it has meant spending money to review the new applications.

I have never been one to ask people for money and it was hard for me to take donations for the site, which I wanted to give information and reviews for free.

So given that the website has now almost run out of money and the readership has declined to less than one hundred people a day, I felt that I had to make a tough decision on the sites future.

As you may know, I am the only person looking after the InternetGumshoe after our old sponsor removed their support and this site has become more of a hobby since then.

I looked at time I am spending each day on the website (90 minutes or more) for 365 days a year, so this was 46.5 hours of work. I looked at donation of $5 for May and then at the less than 100 visitors a day. There was only one real conclusion I could draw from this data.

As of today, I will be closing the InternetGumshoe for good. I will use the remaining funds to keep the hosting up for another month so any readers can view our back catalogue of reviews.

I will be removing the donate buttons from the site, as I expect one or two of you will want to donate again to keep the site going for a few more days or months, but I would not be happy doing it any more knowing the small readership that will see the reviews.

There are many readers (well less than 100 anyway) who will be disappointed by this and I totally understand. Believe me this was not a decision I made overnight, but have been considering for a long time.

For those looking for webOS reviews and information I have to recommend the webOS Nation http://www.webosnation.com/ it is the place that is managing to keep webOS alive, let’s face it, they have the reviews, forums and homebrew side of things covered and I could never hope to build that side of things up here much as I have tried in the past.

I have given this site more than two years of my life, putting in countless hours of work. I have to face facts that it has failed to make an impact and I would be better off spending my time on another project.

This does not mean I have abandoned webOS, I am still supporting the GMMan’s replacement for Pivot, and you never know the InternetGumshoe may find a home in those pages in some small way.

My kindess regards and best wishes to you all.

Neil

Long live webOS…

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Article, Soapbox, Touchpad, webOS

 

INTERNETGUMSHOES 2ND BIRTHDAY

Today we celebrate our 2nd Birthday, and what a 2nd year it has been.

We have seen the release and death of the Touchpad tablet, the new iPad blowing the rest of the tablet market, and the Kindle fire staying firmly in American.

The InternetGumshoe itself feel on hard times and was going to close, but due to the amazing support of our readership we managed to keep going.

We have changed our focus from iOS to webOS, and have been supporting the webOS community.

HP are working hard on making webOS open source, but the time scale has really lead to a decline in the webOS user base as we all wait for a new hardware device with support for webOS. With HP saying its new tablet will be Windows 8, it is not helping. 

We are now looking forward to our third year, as we hope to see a webOS hardware device again and the continued enhancements to iOS devices.

Many thanks to the developers and companies who have helped with the promo codes that have allowed us to continue doing reviews without running out of cash.

Lastly, we would like to say a very special thanks to you, the readers, especially those who have been with us from the start. We are looking forward to bring you more review, new and giveaways in the years to come.

Thanks,

Neil 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Article, Soapbox

 

ROCKY TIMES FOR WEBOS [SOAPBOX]

With this weeks announcement of Carbon and Graphite no longer being available on the HP App Catalogue, things are feeling rocky for webOS again.

Graphite is one of my favourite Twitter readers and it is sad to hear the developers feel they cannot afford the time to support and develop the product, but an understandable one.

It was hoped that with the open sourcing of webOS that developers would hold out for someone to take up the webOS banner and make some hardware and give those developers a massive new market place.

For some developers that is not really an option, they need to feed their families now, and waiting another six months for some possible new hardware is not an option, especially as iOS and Android developers are making really money right now.

With no new hardware on the market, unless you are selling a new product on the HP App Catalogue it is very likely that you have sold all the products you are now, and everything else is just an ongoing cost of support.

With the closure of webOSroundup at the start of the month, webOS really is running short of something big to hang onto. Open webOS is still several months away and if we start losing more developers then who will be left to support things when a hardware manufacturer decides to use webOS.

The Homebrew community are working hard to keep people involved and the replacement of Pivot with a Hard brew version is one such exciting project.

As for the InternetGumshoe, we will continue supporting webOS as long as you guys do. However, we have seen a fall in our readership in the last few months, leading us to believe that several webOS users are not ready to weather this storm.

http://carbonwebos.com/blog/2012/04/15/end-of-the-line-for-carbon-on-webos/

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Article, Soapbox, Touchpad, webOS

 

MORE CHANGES AHEAD [SOAPBOX]

The only constant in the universe is change.

We are always looking to improve InternetGumshoe to keep our readers happy, so with that in mind we are looking to make some more changes in the coming weeks.

To start with Re-Reviews will be making a return every Saturday unless there is a big new software release. In these we hope to cover applications that have really been improved by updates from the original reviews. So if you are a developer or reader who feels that the software has improved since the review let us know. We have three Touchpad titles we know have improved since the original reviews, we may even give full reviews to some of the items we covered in the free app round up that were good enough to get a proper review.

Next, we are looking into doing webOS Homebrew reviews. We have installed PreWare onto the Touchpad and all ready to do the reviews. Later this week we will link off to some of the excellent articles and videos that cover how to get up and running with the Homebrew side of things. We will make sure that you are aware that we are reviewing the Homebrew version of software. Homebrew is not for everyone, and you will need a PC/Mac to get started. We will try and make sure we only review good quality and stable software when we do review. Please do not expect support or anything from us, if you are not sure do not go the Homebrew route. We plan to run the Homebrew reviews on Sundays, but this may expand if popular.

Please let us know what you think about the changes, your feedback is always welcome. There is a contact us link if the navigation section for you to do this.

Many Thank,

Neil

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Article, Soapbox