25 December 2006

Season's Greetings from the Mattia Application Suite Folks

Dear Mattia Application Suite (hereafter MAS) users,

but also MAS friends, fans or otherwise enthusiastic supporters,

2006 has been a very exciting year for us all at the MAS headquarters. The continuing effort by our dedicated developers is increasingly providing MAS with both a thriving userbase and widespread recognition by respected industry experts.

Following the trajectory of leading companies of the likes of Google and Yahoo, MAS has become an endearing household name, while Mattia stand-alone applications have become synonymous with versatility and user-friendliness.

Popular features introduced in 2006 include:

- an automated remote hardware switch on procedure (AKA as "alarm clock") which now allows all of MAS services to start ALMOST invariably sometime around 10 am;
- a similarly automated hardware cooling system (AKA as "drink") protecting CPU integrity and triggering not later than 10 pm;
- improved resource management technologies through the introduction of the "sleep 2.0" framework, improving by an order of magnitude hardware wake-up times, which now consistently rank well below industry averages;
- 24-hour-a-day 7-day-a-week phone&web-based support through our refreshingly named "mail/gtalk/skype/phone me!" corporate scheme.

This has translated into terrific performance and productivity improvements, with a greatly reduced total cost of ownership.

Far from resting on our laurels, we've further expanded our network of developers and users. Our representatives have travelled extensively to the four corners of the world, from cosmopolitan metropolises to secluded beaches and volcanoes on ocean islands, from Californian deserts to our long-established London branch, building on our already significant PR momentum.

Admittedly, some recurrent issues have been causing stability concerns on the users' part, and particularly so in the context of the industry trend towards the "eternal beta" software development paradigm.

However, with today's rolling out of our MAS 0.9.99 release, we believe we're providing definitive fixes to the two most commonly reported MAP annoyances, namely:

- the frequent and unexpected "Denial Of Services", AKA the "where the ^%&* is he!?" issue;
- resource hogging by hidden processes, commonly referred to as the "don't tell me he's (*&%^&* working on something else now!?" issue.

Hoping your continuing feedback will guide us in a smooth transition towards the long-awaited 1.0 production release, it's therefore with the greatest pleasure that we wish you a peaceful holiday season as well as a much-deserved break from the daily grind to look after your loved ones with new eyes. Speaking of peace, however, on the occasion we also encourage you to give a thought to those who happen to live in war zones instead.

With our best regards

The MAS (Moral) Support Team

PS : Oh, well, you take care, folks, I'll c u around...
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