Just rolled out a small change to the Pumping Inventory page to display the total volume of “lost” or “discarded” milk. We also added a new option to record milk as “donated” based on user feedback. You get to these options by clicking a container on your Inventory page and clicking the “retire options” link.
We made a mistake during routine maintenance this afternoon which abruptly brought the server down. We realized the mistake immediately and began fixing it, but we had to completely rebuild the server which took about 6 hours (1:38pm to 7:44pm ET.)
We know the downtime was very frustrating, but we’re happy to report that not a single piece of data was lost because we maintain live (realtime) data backups on a separate machine.
As a result of today’s mistake, we’re adding a new level of backup service that will let us recover the server much faster in the event anything happens in the future.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience — on Mother’s day no less! — and have added an extra week to every TT account to say thank you for your patience today.
The last thing I want to mention is that we couldn’t communicate via trixietracker.com today, but we were updating our Twitter and Facebook accounts. If you don’t follow us already, please do. It’s a good way to get information about the site. Happy tracking!
Our lead Trixie Tracker developer, Jason, has shared a frenetic visualization of Trixie Tracker activity for a single calendar day. The first part of his blog post deals with visualizing the writing of software code. However, scroll down to the third video and you’ll see a flurry of activity as babies zip around the screen, and clusters of naps, bottles, nursings and diapers begin to accumulate and swell as the day progresses. He happened to choose December 31, 2010, so it’s interesting to see how Trixie Tracker wraps up the decade.
Data-driven parenting just got a whole lot geekier. Have you ever wanted to display your Trixie Tracker data in the real, physical world? All it takes is some hardcore engineering/CS background, an Arduino circuit board and access to TT sleep probability data. Jason, our lead TT developer, had all of the above in spades and created a cool project that allows him to wire up live TT data to series of LEDs that display a child’s current sleep state and expected sleep probability in the near future.
He documents the whole fascinating project on his blog (Warning! His post is not for the faint of heart.) It’s definitely possible that there will be easier ways to display your TT data in the future, but this is a pretty cool proof of concept.
The latest version of Trixie Tracker baby tracking software has been completely rebuilt and optimized for a fast, easy-to-use mobile experience. The new Trixie Tracker looks great and works well on the iPhone (including iPod and iPad), Android, Palm and Blackberry phones. Matter of fact, it looks great on any modern mobile device, so try it out for free.
Trixie Tracker Mobile has always had a simpler, streamlined screen for entering data, but you can now view all the powerful visualizations that are available in the desktop version. It’s fun to see your full sleep charts and sleep probability charts right in the palm of your hand.
And because Trixie Tracker is a web application, you can view your charts and records simultaneously from multiple phones. That means you and your spouse (or caregiver or grandparents) can all peek in to check when the baby is sleeping.
You can’t do that with standalone native apps where your data is locked up in a single phone. In a nutshell, Trixie Tracker is designed for sharing. We hope you like the new Mobile Trixie Tracker.
We’re happy to report the new software was successfully deployed this morning around 8:30 am ET. The application was offline about 60 minutes while all the data migrations ran. We’ve discovered a handful of superficial issues which will be addressed very soon, but overall things are looking really good. If you’ve found an issue please use our feedback forum. Thanks!
As it stands right now, we’re pretty sure we can release the new version Wednesday, July 14th. There are still a few superficial issues that are being addressed in the next day or two. Some of these issues may be addressed post-launch (as long as we’re sure the issue doesn’t affect the functioning of the application).
Your feedback via email, email@example.com, and the feedback forum has been invaluable. Thank you very much. I know testing takes time, and that’s the last thing new parents have in surplus. We really appreciate you guys!
The demo site is still available for viewing and the data was last copied over at Sunday July 11th, 4:40pm ET.
We will post again once we figure out exactly when the site will switch over and how long the site will be offline while the database migration takes place. It will likely be between 3-6 hours. Thanks in advance for everyone’s patience during the transition!
The new version of Trixie Tracker, which has been in the works for longer than I want to admit, is very close to being released. Almost time to break out the cigars. Almost. We’re ready to share the new version with everyone, and here’s a summary of where things are at:
What is in the new version?
The new site does not include any new features. Well, there are few a enhancements hidden here and there, but this version has basically the same set of features. However, the application’s architecture has been completely rebuilt which will enable us to easily extend the app in the future. That was the whole point of the new version — to give us a solid, reliable foundation for the future development.
Important Testing Issues Before You Dive In
1) The demo site is not a replacement for the current Trixie Tracker. You can’t use the new version instead of the current version because the databases are not compatible. This test site is just for looking and testing.
2) The data on the demo site may be deleted at any time and refreshed with the latest data from the current app.
I’m sorry that you can’t use the app full-time — because I know that’s the best way to test it — but it’s not possible.
If you have time, it would be very helpful if you could test a few of the items below:
- Eyeball your data. Does everything look ok? We feel very confident about the new site and data, but extra eyeballs are invaluable.
- Add a few records.
- See how it looks on your mobile devices.
We’d really like to hear your opinion about the new site. Please raise any issue you come across: design, interface, performance, etc. We’re listening.
You can post to our feedback forum or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests for new features are welcome once we get this baby launched. At that point it’s going to be much, much easier for us to add new features because of the new codebase. We’re looking forward to getting to that point.
The Demo Site
The new version — with data last copied over on Thursday morning (July 8th) — can be accessed at http://demo.trixietracker.com/
Thanks! We really appreciate everyone’s support over the years which has allowed us to get to this point. All you moms and dads are awesome! We look forward to returning the favor by making the Trixie Tracker even better.
For this birthday we’re happy to announce a brand new version of Trixie Tracker coming at the end of next month. This new version has been in development for over a year and we’re insanely excited to be on the home stretch. Really. We are extremely ready to put this baby in your hands! I first announced the new version this time last year, and while our original release target has slipped, I’m very pleased with what we’ve accomplished and I am confident you guys are going to like it.
Why did our development schedule slip so badly? The short answer is software development estimation is hard. The long answer is the existing application had to be completely rewritten from the ground up because it was too difficult to work around five year’s worth (counting the beta development time) of calcified code and there was more in the application than we realized.
We look forward to rolling out the new version next month. If you are interested in helping kick the tires of the new site, please follow us on Twitter; we’ll put out a call for beta-testers soon.
Thanks to all our great parents who’ve supported us over the last four years and made this new version possible. Thank you!
Founder, Trixie Tracker
I want to point out (in case you didn’t know) that Trixie Tracker is designed so you don’t have to track continuously. For example, if you aren’t concerned with the weekend schedule or are taking a vacation, you can just stop tracking. Start tracking again when you’re ready — TT will automatically exclude all the empty days from your averages.