Posted May 28th, 2008 @ 08:14am by Erik J. Barzeski
From Adriaan in the ecto support forums:
The official announcement will be made soon (once we've moved and set up the infrastructure), but yes, I've sold ecto to illumineX for a variety of reasons I will explain in a blog post accompanying the official announcement. It's a move that's definitely for the best. I'm also still involved with ecto on a consultation basis.
More later with the official announcement.
illumineX was once Gary Longsine and Don Yacktman. I believe right now it's just Gary Longsine (and associates). I'm not entirely sure what happened, but Don Yacktman was largely responsible for the FSS products at illumineX, that he left or was removed from illumineX several months after acquiring Freshly Squeezed Software, and that ecto likely will not suffer the same fate as FSS.
As an ecto user, I hope Adriaan is making the right decision, and I believe he is. To fans of Freshly Squeezed Software who have written to me and asked for details, I can't provide them, but I think things with ecto should work out okay in the end.
Update: I dealt very little with Gary in the sale of FSS, but he commented and I responded:
…I don't think anything re: FSS and its eventual demise had much to do with… Gary… at all. I believe it was Don's gig, and Don's failure, and it seems to me that [Gary is] being an upright sort of fellow in not throwing a (former?) friend under the bus.
The domain name is still registered to Don, after all, and I believe [Gary] "sold" FSS to Don in December because his lack of support, effort, etc. was harming the illumineX name.
Call all of that an educated guess, but it's at least got a high school diploma, if not more.