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“… (by Aaron Keller) Hey Mr. Williams. I have a quick question for you. I sent you a detailed e-mail recently to the e-mail address you have listed under your profile settings. I know you’re extremely busy and all, but I was wondering if you’d had a chance to read it or not. Also, I started a webpage using your program, but want to cancel it and start over. Is there a specific way to do that? Let me know, when you get a chance, what you thought of my idea. I have two years left of film school. I’ve previously worked with people like Adam Sandler at Sony Studios. My goal is to do a documentary film about Sierra’s impact during the drastic changes in PCs over the last 20 years. I’d love to get in touch with you on this project. Again, no rush. I’ve got a year to prep and plan. Thanks.

-Aaron Keller

Greetings Aaron:

I did receive your email.

Sorry not to respond. I’m in crunch mode working on my project. I always warn programmers to work in small bites, with frequent releases. ALWAYS avoid making major changes with long gaps between releases. I should have listened to me. My product has been buggy for four months while I’ve coded on the new release. Now I’ve got a huge mountain of new code, and know that when I release it, nearly one thousand websites will be in chaos for at least a couple of days. Hopefully, I’ll have the new version of the software ready for release sometime in the next two weeks. If you have a website using my code, you may want to hold off doing much to it until after the new release.

As to a documentary on Sierra: It could be a good idea. I’d broaden it beyond Sierra though. Include Id and Valve, and some of the new hot companies (who I don’t even know who are anymore) and you might have something worth watching. I’m not plugged into the film industry (although I’d like to be someday) .. but, it might be worth talking to some buyers for cable, with a short summary of the documentary, and see if they would be willing to air it. If you can’t convince yourself there is a market, then why shoot it? I’ve never been into art for art’s sake.

-Ken W