Thank you for your interest in the BIABacus and your patience
My apologies that I won't address every facet of what has been posted above as I am hoping that the following will answer most questions. If it doesn't however, please feel free to ask your questions here.
Here is my current thinking on what we will do...
We, at BIABrewer.info, know exactly what we want to see here but we don't have the resources to make it happen quickly. For example, even if 50 members committed $10 a week, I now suspect it would still take a year to see anything remarkable. This money would have to be spent on one developer/programmer to allow them to focus completely on the project and even then they'd be getting a poor hourly rate and be getting backed up by other people who get paid nothing at all. And, if the main developer dropped dead, then I would have to spend around three months at about four hours a day, just getting a new developer up to speed before they could even start any real work.
Obviously, this is not practical.
Several exciting things have been happening over the last few months, let alone the last few years
. We could wait and present them in the perfect form we have spent so long devising or we can give them to you now in quite a good format but it will have some limitations. Here's what I have in mind...A Complete Forum Re-Write
Someone asked about two months ago for a terminology/definitions thread. We have worked hard on this and come up with something quite nice. The next problem was that we couldn't post it as the current calculator's terminology and most of BIABrewer.info Essentials would not match.
PistolPatch, who made the original calculator, like us, has been desperate to see the calculator improved and has now undertaken the task of re-writing it. The progress on this new calculator made in just the last few weeks makes us think that we can actually call this something like the "Pre-BIABacus" rather than a new temporary calculator.
This, "Pre-BIABacus", is very tedious to write as it now aims to put all the ideas and developments made in the last two years into a spreadsheet that can be used by anyone regardless of their platform.
For example, a simple formula that tells you how high to fill your kettle, instead of being x
, in this new "Pre-BIABAcus" is =IF(AND(ISNUMBER(CP34),$AU$15>0),(CP34-$DS$61)*1000/(PI()*(($AU$15/2)^2))+$DS$64,"") as it does a lot more than you'd think.
The auto-efficiency feature of the "Pre-BIABacus" will take into consideration things we never even thought of until the last few weeks and will require statements that are way more complex and convoluted than the above.
Each section of the "Pre-BIABacus" will hyperlink to full instructions on the forum and I will have to write these and then ask NME (Admin) to time-stamp them so as they appear in the right order on the forum.Once the Above is Done
I think doing the above will be excellent for brewers. The biggest strength and weakness of the above will be the 'Pre-BIABacus'. It will be very powerful. It will also be somewhat intuitive but nowhere near as much as we would have liked. Despite this, I still think it will be easier to understand than other programs and have a very low risk of a new user being able to make major errors.
It certainly will have what we think are critical features never seen before in any software.What Doing the Above Will Cost
Doing the above costs or, at best, delays the chance of being able to financially reward those who have either already put in hundreds to thousands of hours on this project or those that will in the future. This, for me, is not what I had wanted.
Doing the above will also cost the site. For example, posting up a recipe will require posting up the whole 'Pre-BIABacus' file rather than just the 10 KB one we had planned.
We also had a good plan for the BIABacus so that new users would get a heap of stuff for free and advanced/experienced users could happily pay. Going the above route obliterates all this unfortunately.What You Can Do
1. Keep posting and always post quality or humour/encouragement.
2. We'll put a copyright on anything we post up that is important. It will just ask for acknowledgement. If you find anyone breaching the copyright, do your best to make it known. (There are already some people out there who have capitalised on the hard work by BIABrewer.info members or founders and failed to give any acknowledgement
3. As for donations, I previously hoped that we would be able to give a special reward to anyone who donates. With the above change in plan, I can't see this happening soon which is quite a disappointment. I know those who have donated to date have done so without expectation of a reward but it would still be great to give something back to you one of these days.
4. If you have some free time/skills, there's a lot we still need to get done here. We have projects from bag porosity through to php. Please PM me if you think you can help.
That's the best answer I think I can manage for now.