I've been working on an Erlang project at home for a while, and it has reached the first public version! Here it is http://www.dayfindr.com. It's a simple utility that can make your life easier.
It ticks some of the boxes that Paul Graham related recently in Six Principles for Making things:
(a) simple solutions I hope so. This was one of the big design principles - to make it as simple as possible. That's why, for example, it leverages email instead of using some fancy social networking/address book features. There's also no login, since your email address already identifies you. TripIt uses the same idea
(b) to overlooked problems nothing that I know of addresses it
(c) that actually need to be solved, and This tries to help with a real problem that I've encountered myself. Feedback on the idea has been quite positive, so I know it's something that people will find useful!
(d) deliver them as informally as possible Hope so
(e) starting with a very crude version 1, then Relatively crude
(f) iterating rapidly. We'll see!
It's implemented on a Lyme stack (Linux, Yaws, Mnesia and Erlang). This project has generated some interesting questions, that I will relate in a series of posts. For example:
Why not ErlyWeb?
Why not Rails?
Why did I abandon the fully functional Lisp version?
So, use it, it's free. If you like it (or more importantly if you don't), lemme know at email@example.com