In 2000, I started to suffer from Tinnitus. Initially the Tinnitus came and went, and was not too annoying. However within a year the Tinnitus had become severe. My General Practitioner and my Ear Specialist told me nothing could be done about the Tinnitus, and I had to live with it. Not accepting this answer, I set out to find my own cure.
I purchased a professional audio signal generator, and build my own timing generators and switching hardware to provide a habituation training setup. I researched and experimented to find the most efficient ways of using frequencies, timings, and repetition rates. After experimenting for a couple of months, I found sound combinations, which cured my Tinnitus. The hardware, not counting the labour to put the system together, was about $ 350 US. This was a small price to get rid of the Tinnitus. Ask any Tinnitus sufferer, and he or she will likely agree.
However the setup was complicated, and not easily usable by most people. So I designed a software application that produced the same sounds as the hardware-based setup to make this method available to other Tinnitus sufferers at a more reasonable price. The resulting software was called the Tinnitus Tamer, and made available at a costs only $35 US for a single user licence.
Over the years, users of the Tinnitus Tamer suggested improvements to better treat their type of Tinnitus. The Tinnitus Tamer software has been updated many times to include these enhancements.
In 2006 a similar situation arose. I am a photography amateur. I prefer to look at my images on a good LCD monitor, such as a Macintosh® 23" Cinema Display, rather than looking at them on prints. I wanted to show my photographs to my friends on my 42" Panasonic® Plasma HDTV. The photos were taken with a Nikon D70 camera in RAW format, and converted and edited in Photoshop®. I soon discovered that the edited images did not work in photo players, such as the otherwise excellent Panasonic® Photo Player. The images just did not show up on my TV.
An extended Web search and trying various application did not turn up a single application that could do the job. So I wrote my own programme in Objective-C using the Macintosh® Xcode compiler to convert my images back into a format that works with photo players. I also included editing functions to allow image cropping to fill HDTV screens, and various size electronic photo frames. The conversion can be run in a batch process, vastly reducing the time required. Knowing that others must face the same dilemma, I made this software available to others as the "HDTV Converter" application, which can easily be used by photographers.