Monday, May 28, 2012

Volunteer for Help Video

Hey everyone!

As approaches maturity, it gets more and more features to discover and learn how to use. A new interface and a new experience is being created, but there is no help section!

So to ease that , we want to make a video/help/demo hitting two birds with one stone. Showing both the server and having an easy way for new comers to understand quickly how to enjoy Kaya to the max.

I believe this is a great opportunity for a volunteer. We would do necessary editing, script out the video, and we would save a lot of time if someone with some video-recording patience would like to make the demo.

Any volunteers?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Hey guys. Have you ever heard about bitcoin?

Last year , i think even before we quit our jobs to work full time, we researched many things to build kaya and we stumbled upon bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency , designed for online transactions. Its an open source project with some mathematical backing on how the currency is handled and created.

Although it would seem to be growing, its still not a strong currency like the dollar or the EUR but it would seem to be here to stay, at least as a minor-currency.

The advantage it has over paypal or other similar services to transfer money is that its super cheap. The transaction fees are almost inexistant. (well below the 1%)

Have you ever heard of bitcoin? should we consider using it as an alternative payment method?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Twitter

Short announcement. We are going to make the official twitter @KayaGoServer a little more lively from now on. 


Monday, May 21, 2012

Crazy Weekend

The past weekend we spent it at the JSConf Argentina conference.

It was an exhausting event, and we were able to do a lot of networking and get to know people in a similar situation that we are in. Also we got to meet people that built part of the tools we use at Kaya!

On sunday we gave a speak ourselves, sharing the difficulties of creating a rich experience in the browser. I think we did a good job but we can do a lot better. It was a great practice for conference speaking,hopefully the first of many.

Now we are just starting the week, lets see what we can concoct for the next release :).

Friday, May 18, 2012

0.22.0 Alpha brings internationalization, branches and undo

Finally we support 3 features that were in the works since january.

The application now works also in French. We only included one language to pin-point all the places we missed internationalizing, so when we correct those, we will start adding all the other languages we got done by the community.

You can set your language from your profile account very easily!

Also, now we have branching on Sandboxes. You can create complex demonstrations and jump around branches to show alternatives. Even shared variations get loaded into the sgf  so you can browse them!

This was a major technical difficulty, we spent a long part of the last 2 weeks on this very feature.

And we also, hand in hand with the previous solution, added undos. We did decide for a slight design difference to what other servers do, i hope you find it more comfortable :)

We are working non stop, and this weekend we are preseting ourselves in a Javascript Conference here in Buenos Aires, and we are going to talk about and our experience in building it with other experts in the field. We are really excited about that too :).

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Increasing server power

Hey guys!

Yesterday , a few hours after the announcement over 50 people registered.  Many people working it at the same time caused a lot of stress and a lot of lag, which became a lot more stable by the time JeanSebL made the BC Card broadcast.

This morning I increased server power and its working very smoothly. Those that got to suffer the lag period, check it out again today, its working much better.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Taking it up a notch

Hey guys!

We are working really hard and although 0.21 doesnt not bring huge new features, we have decided to open up a few accounts.

We are doing stress testing and basic performance tuning and we need more players to check it out!

We have opened up accounts up to 300 users, so if you are one of those fans that hasnt gotten his hand on a supporter account, this is your chance. Get an account here!

Visit Kaya, check all the features and enjoy.

We are not getting closer faster to the Beta, even though the server keeps improving noticeably, so for those that are really eager to check it out, this is a great opportunity.

If the server clogs up, we will increase the server size which will mean it will work much faster than it is now, although we delay that decision for costs and performance tuning.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Maturity and Kaya's inner dictionary

Hey guys!

I could finally fix my computer last week, thanks to chop-shopping Pato's father's computer. So last week i went back full force and dealt with sooo many things.

It was amazing how many tweaks i could get into it, making things look and feel much better.

3 Releases ago i was worried with Pato that we weren't reliable enough, that we had some bugs that hampered the experience, so we focused on that and we really nailed it. Playing is as smooth as ever, and lots of inconveniences were fixed.

We are getting to a very nice stage of maturity. Almost 40% of the Tweaki (the place where users can report minor bugs and issues ) is now written by me, which means the things that go wrong i notice before  most people.

Since we added the tweaki, over 200 "issues" were  reported and dealt with.

We are feeling very confident on the state where Kaya is and where it is going, and we have been able to keep the steady fast-pace of weekly releases for 20 weeks now. We had all catastrophes in the middle. Christmas, family matters, computers breaking (more than once), holidays but we powered-through.

Also the Open Source side has been getting attention and aid all the time. Lots of people are really interested in it. There also community work that doesnt require developer skills.

One special collaborator has gotten the Kaya Dictionary pretty fat. In the server you can consult Go terms by just clicking on the words in the chat, which should solve many typical chat concerns :).

As you might imagine, a Dictionary can be pretty big. So cheap-in! Large contributors can get an account or even a collaborator account! (which has special priviledges).

To help you can just use the Senseis Wiki: .

We are working hard for Beta release, keep in tune.