Hi, I’m Jeremy Cutler.
I’m a 29-year-old (30, this August) computer engineer from Toronto, Canada. I was born and grew up in this city, attending the University of Toronto for undergraduate and graduate school (Master’s).
Why Did I Create Missing e?
I’m in love with Tumblr. I opened an account here just over two years ago, after being lured in by friends on Twitter. I had never experienced a social network quite like it. I fell in love with the Tumblr dashboard and the community that it can help create. This is why I seem so dedicated to a browser extension I offer for free!
As time progressed, I noticed certain parts of the Tumblr interface that could be improved and took it upon myself to throw together some Greasemonkey userscripts to make the experience a little better. As I shared them with more and more people, I felt encouraged to create more and more of these scripts (which became increasingly complex) to tweak many corners of the Tumblr experience and to make them compatible with more browsers.
In March of 2011, I got it into my head to roll all the userscripts into a single extension. They’d perform better and I could implement some things not possible with Greasemonkey. Eventually, after much toiling and admonishing remarks from my wife, I got it working for Chrome and Safari (and later, Firefox). Development never really stopped, as I welcome suggestions and bug reports from any user.
How Much Work is Involved?
That varies so much. When I’m adding new features, that can involve hours of work. Overhauls of the code can take longer than that. Bug fixes? It could be anywhere from minutes of work to hours (and rarely, days). It all depends.
I receive an average of 10 bug reports every day, not including messages in the Missing e ask box. That’s a lot! However, many of these are question I get quite often that are easy to answer. Often, I just need to reply once. However, some problems are sticky and have required up to 20 emails back and forth! I do my best to work patiently with people, because if I can solve one person’s problem, it’ll often help me solve many other people’s.
Has Working on Missing e Changed My Life?
In a number of ways it has, yes. Getting attention from the Tumblr community and some online media outlets has resulted in being able to meet (both online and off) a lot of new people I wouldn’t necessarily have had the opportunity to get to know. I’m an outgoing person and, normally, my industry doesn’t really provide social opportunities like that. Developing for communities like yours and mine here on Tumblr turns that trend on its head!
The pleasure and frustration I’ve gone through working on Missing e has also helped redirect my career goals. I became addicted to working on a development project that so many people see. Effort spent on coding seems so much more worthwhile when I see people commenting on one feature or another that they really like using. Feedback like that is much harder to get when you are working on more “low-level” projects!
What’s Next for Missing e?
Well, as usual, I spend some of my development time working on new features suggested by users. That is an ongoing process! The next major thing I am working on is a version of Missing e for the Opera browser. This is a bit slow-going as it is a larger undertaking that has to contend with the rest of my life.
What Do I Do The Rest of My Time?
Outside of development, I have a handful of hobbies. I enjoy web design, photography, creative writing, craft design and a number of other holdovers I have had since I left a special computer graphics and fine arts program in high school (called CyberARTS) to focus on credits I would need to get into an engineering program at university.
I watch a respectable amount of TV (on Netflix and other services), and some of my favourite shows include: Firefly, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Avatar (including the new series), Buffy, Angel, Gilmore Girls, Phineas and Ferb, Dead Like Me and Game of Thrones (which I read first). I’m a big reader, too! I quite enjoy filling my Kindle with fiction.
You are welcome to stop by my personal Tumblr (cutlerish.tumblr.com) where I can be, on occasion, funny, inspiring, lewd or interesting. Don’t follow me just because. Take a look first!
You are also more than welcome to support continuing development of Missing e by donating. I appreciate every little bit!