Brand Ben Brown Software launches
April 10, 2001 5:15 AM   Subscribe

Brand Ben Brown Software launches
- with Discuss being the debut release; a configurable Perl discussion list script.
posted by williamtry (9 comments total)

(well, someone had to say something. I'm actually just waiting for a real happynetbox)
posted by cCranium at 10:50 AM on April 10, 2001

cCranium what is happynetbox all about?
posted by Brilliantcrank at 1:12 PM on April 10, 2001

I too would be pleased to see happynetbox, once Ben's bandwidth difficulties have been overcome.
posted by williamtry at 1:16 PM on April 10, 2001

I hope, soon. I might do a very limited release after the weekend or something to test the bandwidth usage. I'm going to be making some final changes to the codebase to make it what I want it to be (it took me a long time to figure that out) but I should finally be getting Happy Net Box released. heh. (famous last words...)

And yeah! Go download Discuss and do something cool with it.
posted by benbrown at 2:25 PM on April 10, 2001

Looks delish. But Brand Ben Brown is really hard to say five times fast.
posted by frykitty at 2:52 PM on April 10, 2001

happynetbox, for the uninitiated, is something of a reincarnated deepleap. deepleap, for the uninitiated, is something of a before-its-time .NET. Think of a little browser window you can pop up to do bookmark management, send a page to a friend, monitor updates, and (maybe far in the future) comparison shop or initiate background searches.

Can anyone report on their experience with discuss?
posted by dhartung at 8:45 PM on April 10, 2001

Happy Net Box actually won't feature the application type things that Deepleap had. It's pretty different, actually. Tho, it will do bookmarks. ;)
posted by benbrown at 9:45 PM on April 10, 2001

I've taken part in the occasional discussion board that uses discuss (much, I'm sure, to the chagrin of people like Ben), but never played with it from the back end.

From a user standpoint, it's a pretty straight-forward discussion tool. I like it more than most discussion tools I've seen. It actually looks and acts reasonably similarily to the MeFi commenting tool.
posted by cCranium at 8:43 AM on April 11, 2001

I'm glad you like it. The whole plan was to make a reasonably powerful message board with an easy-as-pie way to change the design. I think it worked out alright.
posted by benbrown at 2:48 PM on April 11, 2001

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