After some ups and downs, substantial progress has been made in Zapatag development. I can’t stop cringing at how ugly the site is, but as long as the code works, pretty can come later. If I hadn’t somehow broken the mapping feature yesterday, I’d be asking friends to start beta testing this week.
I think it’ll be another week, now, before other people can start poking around. And they will have to be people who won’t hold the clunky, PaintShop-esque design against me.
Some friends have forwarded me links to a couple of new license plate reporting services, which is always a “good news, bad news” thing: good because this is obviously an idea that people find compelling, bad because there’s a pretty good chance these other sites actually know what they’re doing. One looks more like a .NET database class project than a live site, but the other has a gorgeous “Web 2.0” look with a smooth, beveled blue look and ads already in rotation. Zapatag won’t have ads… but it won’t exactly be making money, either.