I keep hearing about this Amazon thing. Maybe some day I will try it.

Cringeley MineServer debacle

So Cringeley writes a post on cot death detection:

http://www.cringely.com/2017/04/26/15429/

And people then troll him in the comments about his failure to deliver on a KickStarter project for a Minecraft server!
Permalink Vettriano 
May 15th, 2017 3:53pm
Risks and challenges

Mineserver LLC was started more than a year ago by the three Cringely brothers, now 13, 11 and 9. They worked through several generations of hardware and software looking for the right combination at the right price point -- $99. The result is that, unlike many Kickstarter hardware projects, for the $99 Mineserver™ virtually all development work is already done so risks are minimized. If we had cases we could start shipping tomorrow.

We have a reliable supply of computers. The Linux OS, Minecraft server, and admin apps are tuned to operate well together. The dynamic DNS service is globally distributed and protected from DDOS attacks. All that still needs to be finished is the final case tooling, which is coming from a U.S. supplier. That tooling -- and pre-ordering a large enough supply of other components at volume prices -- is what the $15,000 is for.

Full production will begin at the start of November and our goal is to deliver all Mineservers™ -- burned-in and tested -- by Christmas.

Of course with generally pre-teen production labor there may be glitches. Halloween is coming, there's volleyball, cross-country and the science fair, but our production process is honed and simple, testing is automated, and long-suffering parents can always help out if needed.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY
Nov 2015

Update #2

Oct 2 2015

We reached our $15,000 funding goal!

It only took a little over two days but we reached our funding goal of $15,000, which means that more than 200 backers will have their Mineservers™ and Mineserver Pros™ long before Christmas. We're learning a lot from this process, which still has two-and-a-half weeks to go. Backers are asking for a higher level of transparency about the product (see our FAQ coming Friday morning) and they are asking for expanded capabilities for the server, some of which we'll cover in a new stretch goal to be published on Friday. But mostly backers tell us they want Mineserver™ t-shirts, so those will be coming on Friday, too. Friday looks like it will be a very busy day. We Cringelys want to thank all our backers for the confidence they are showing in us. We won't let you down. Our next update will come from Fallon!

- R. X. Cringely (Dad)

July 31 2016

I'm sorry to be late with this update but we -- the entire Cringely family -- were out of town doing the kind of things families with kids do this time of year. In our case that has mainly to do with roller coasters and some of us wish it didn't.

So we are still waiting for AMP but the Cuberite arguments problem should be resolved this week which means a general release is imminent.

We'll give you and update on Thursday.

Thursday

(crickets)
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
May 15th, 2017 5:07pm
Yeah, yeah, Cringely and his kids did a kick-starter on selling Mine-Craft Platforms, then failed.  Then, EVERY TIME he posts something on his blog, some (or a few) idiots post a stream of threads saying "Oh, yeah?  What about MINECRAFT!?"

I agree he handled it badly, still is.  Old news, let's move on.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 16th, 2017 8:46am
The point they seem to be making is that he continues to regularly post on his blog, yet refuses to be honest about what happened. He didn't only take $35k and deliver absolutely nothing, but he continued to make further promises about things like T-shirts and then went quiet.
Permalink Sangamon 
May 16th, 2017 8:54am
What part of "He handled it badly, and still IS handling it badly" did you disagree with?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 16th, 2017 8:55am
Hubble, unless you were defrauded by these scam artists as well you have absolutely no right to comment on it.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
May 16th, 2017 9:02am
Oh, so now you're deciding who has rights to speak?

Wow.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 16th, 2017 9:04am
Several people have made the observation that Cringeley is a multi millionaire and could easily simply refund everyone.

Instead, he continues to post articles but refuses to engage with the people he defrauded.

It appears he used his own website to further promote his kickstarter project, they argue this amounts to fraud as it takes him outside the 'all kickstarter projects are a gamble' viewpoint.

He also continues to operate another separate website promoting the MineServer product despite it appearing to not exist.
Permalink Sangamon 
May 16th, 2017 9:09am
It does seem strange that he hasn't shut down the website:

http://mineserver.com
Permalink Sangamon 
May 16th, 2017 9:12am
Now I agree, that part IS strange.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 17th, 2017 9:35am

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