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From: "Allen, Geoff \(Energy Wholesale\)" <>
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Where's Bill
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 09:07:19 +0100
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I think you are being a little unkind.

You're not talking about Microsoft here, and look how many 'bugs' their
software still has despite the thousands of developers and testers they

I'm guessing Bill is a single, self-employed developer. As stated,
Genbox is not his only product and he needs to use his time where he
believes it is most productive. However it is most unlikely that he
switches off from Genbox when working on other products. I would also
not expect him to say too much about any new version he is developing;
why show your hand to your competitors before you have to.

I have been using Genbox I guess now for around 18 months. I would not
profess to know it in intimate detail, but during that time there have
been numerous incremental updates, both fixing bugs and adding new
features. Indeed it was only a few weeks after Vista was released that
Bill issued an update to support the new OS. I do not consider this to
be 'part-time' support and I'm not aware of any 'show stopper' bugs in
the current version. Also just because this forum is quiet, doesn't mean
anything other than people have other things to do. For me family
history research is a winter task, which tends to go dormant through the

Everyone is free to make their own choice of which software to use,
based on whatever criteria they chose. However I'm unaware of any other
product where the developer clearly does monitor comments in a newsgroup
and will answer directly if appropriate (as he did with me when I had a
particular issue with a file conflict in XP). And ultimately, should
Bill ever decide to ditch Genbox, (which I also do not believe is likely
in the near future) it is of course a very easy process to create a
Gedcom file to export your data from Genbox and import into whatever
Genealogy product your choose to use.


-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:]
On Behalf Of David
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:28 AM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Where's Bill

Hi Denise and Cheri,

Yes, the fact that Bill is only supporting this program "part time" is
what really bothers me. Guess I will stay with my other programs
until Bill has had time to fix and release his next version.


On 3/27/07, <> wrote:
> Good Day David,
> Is your posting perhaps addressing a concern about the future of
Genbox? If so, I suspect you have little to be concerned about.
> I have worked in the software industry the past 24 years and am sort
of "sensitive" to genealogy software development. The past six months
(or maybe a bit longer) I have noted a "silence" (few if any postings,
maybe only one patch, etc) from the developers of what I would consider
the three main Windows based genealogical database software I tend to
watch. I suspect that all three are busy working upon their next
release, with release perhaps something this summer.
> Reminds me of the early 1990s when I had just purchased a beta version
of a new Windows genealogy application. All users were anxious for the
official release, or even a patch to fix some problem with the beta.
That first Windows version was finally released and over the years that
company has grown. I even hosted a user group for that application for
a couple of early years in the mid to late 1990s. I expect Genbox to be
around for some time to come.
> Oh. You might also consider that Genbox is not Bill's only venture.
Check the web data for Thoughtful Creations.
> Best,
> Denise
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "Cheri Casper" <>
> > I suspect his is buried in a mountain of code. CheriC
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > Behalf Of David
> > Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 2:28 PM
> > To: GENBOX-L
> > Subject: [GENBOX] Where's Bill
> >
> >
> > Anybody heard from Bill Flight lately?
> > David
> >
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