When I went to elementary school my mom used to make sandwiches by the
loaf. She'd make maybe 10 at a time, put them into sandwich bags, and
then put all the sandwiches back into the bread wrapper. The whole thing
would be put into the freezer and every morning she'd grab a sandwich
for my lunch and it'd be thawed out by the time we went to lunch in the
One of the disappointments in my education was when I took a statistics
course aimed at engineers. Much of it was along the line of how few
pieces do we have to sample to ensure that only X% of the total
production is defective.
On 10/7/2015 1:15 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
But, people aren't. I've often ranted that folks like the MS weenies
should find themselves on an operating table, sometime, and overhear
the surgeon -- just as they are drifting off under the anesthesia -- say
something like: "Wait! I've got a blue screen. We'll have to reboot..."
On 10/7/2015 3:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Exactly! I like to design various things, and usually create a
prototype first to work out the kinks before I create something for a
client. Solving design problems is fun and seeing the solution in the
finished product is really satisfying especially when the feedback is
what I was expecting from a good design.
The current buzzword in the software field is 'agile' but I've been
doing it for years. Create a prototype that isn't fully functional but
represents you're interpretation of what the client asked for. Show it
to them and listen to what they really wanted. Rinse, and repeat.
It's depressing the number of people that don't want to take part in the
process, prefer you to read their minds, and then bitch about what they
I won't play that game. Call me when you *know* what you want.
It's not my role in life to show you things that you *might* want...
had you but spent the time to THINK about your needs.
I try to understand my client's needs along with *his* market.
Then, propose *my* solution. In the process, I am able to defend
every one of my design decisions because I've *thought* about the
problem -- instead of listening to the client's "first approximation"
of the problem (which will change when he sees the consequences
of that approximation).
Chances are, a client won't be able to come up with a better solution
(of course, he can take MY solution and let someone else "iterate"
it -- but it won't be *me*! :> )
If you want to play "no, let's see what the couch looks like against
*that* wall", get someone else. You can't afford to pay me to wander
through a universe of POTENTIAL solutions (and, I'm not keen on
spending my life doing that!)
But, folks know this up front. Trust me -- or find someone who is
willing to just cash your paychecks until you run out of patience or
money or ideas...
On 10/7/2015 1:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
EXACTLY! In my case, I have no desire to WASTE the portion of my life
required for ONE of those attempts! I can't ask to have that time
"refunded" to me because someone was too lazy or stupid to figure out
how it *should* have been done.
If I asked you to dig a big hole in my yard (and *paid* you for it),
how happy would you be if, once finished, I had you fill it in
and dig it elsewhere? *If* you are paid for this, the first time
you might just shrug thinking "hey, if he's got the money..."
But, you certainly wouldn't want to make a career out of that sort of
thing. Where's the satisfaction in that??
I've never directlyworked on a DoD project -- though did work for a firm
that subcontracted to a subcontrator who worked on a DoD project.
For the most part, it was pretty uninspired. Throw lots of money at
the project and you can make damn near *anything* work...
Lots of people think it was marketing BUT others feel differently:
<<But another reader countered with a chronology of WordPerfect's
self-inflicted wounds. "Frankly, WinWord 2.x was a great program, well ahead
of its time, especially if you ran it on Windows 3.0/3.0a as opposed to
3.1x. WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows (Q4-1991) was a dismal failure -- totally
unstable, not feature-laden, and it even used a DOS-based installation
program! WordPerfect 5.2 (Q1-1992) was a massive bug-fix, albeit small &
fast. WordPerfect 6.0 (Q4-1993) was another buggy piece of crap, but it
showed potential. Only when WordPerfect 6.0a (April, 1994) came out was
there something worthwhile on the Windows front. By mid-1994, 2 1/2 years
after the first version of WordPerfect for Windows came out, was there
something reasonably stable. But by then, the damage was done and MS-Office
4.2/4.3 was available.">> source:
a.. In 1990, Microsoft started selling Microsoft Office, a suite that
combined the very popular Excel with Word and PowerPoint. Anyone who wanted
Excel (and lots of people did) could get Word for only a little bit more
a.. WordPerfect was popular because it supported so many printers. Its huge
driver library was a "moat" that prevented competitors from displacing it.
But once Microsoft Windows became popular, printer manufacturers began
creating drivers for Windows and its driver library grew faster. Source:
We called them Word and Data DEFECT. At the precise time when competition
entered the market, they chose to get stupid. Not good.
After the Lotus copy debacle the IT folks decided that anyone who wanted to
run CP software had to product written justification and while some did,
most did not. One very bad experience with CP made a lot of IT managers
very wary of such software. It's an example of punishing the wrong people
(the legit end users) for the crimes of others (thieves). Worse, still,
there wasn't one CP program I knew of that couldn't be breached, often by
running a small program that stayed in memory that convinced the program the
original CD was in the player.
The death of WordStar is an even more fascinating story and a cautionary
tale that execs and "vulture" capitalists should not treat programmers as
Dvorak brings up an important point:
<<During this era piracy sold software and created market share. People
would use a bootleg copy of Wordstar and eventually buy a copy. Wordstar may
have been the most pirated software in the world, which in many ways
accounted for its success. (Software companies don't like to admit to this
as a possibility.) >>
Piracy is a double-edged sword. In the beginning, the fact that you've got
something *worthy* of pirating brings notice to your product. Notice publicity and publicity costs money, whether it's paying a PR firm or having
users pass around a copy of your program to someone who likes it enough to
buy a legit copy. (I confess I've done that several times when I was much,
RIAA noticed that the harder they cracked down on music piracy, the more
music sales plummeted. To their credit, they eventually DID figure it out.
They finally pulled back on their draconian "sue indigent grandmothers for
(unknowingly) sharing music" policy. They were determined to maintain the
"like one song, pay for 10" model of the CD but the failed and the pressure
that piracy brought upon them was the basic cause. The flood of MP3 players
that hit the market at the same time didn't hurt, either. (-; It ended up
that more than a few parents banned their kids from having music of ANY kind
on their PCs. Surely NOT the way to boost music sales.
I've read any number of articles that say Sony, who invented the Walkman,
lost the portable music war because of their insistence on using a copy
protection scheme just for Sony players. Their music division and their
portable electronics division were at constant war over copy protection and
in the end the big loser was the Sony empire.
<<Ando wants nothing less than for Sony to reinvent itself. But that will
never happen as long as the company is frozen by its fear of piracy. Sony's
digital Walkman device is a good example. Where the iPod simply lets you
sync its contents with the music collection on your personal computer,
Walkman users are hamstrung by laborious "check-in/check-out" procedures
designed to block illicit file-sharing. And a Walkman with a hard drive? Not
likely, since Sony's copy-protection mechanisms don't allow music to be
transferred from one hard drive to another - not an issue with the iPod. "We
do not have any plans for such a product," says Kimura, the smile fading.
"But we are studying it.">>
So what's the point of copy protection if it's the first step on the path to
irrelevance? People inclined to steal will always still, people not so
inclined will not. No number of anti-piracy FBI scare warnings at the
beginning of every DVD is going to change their mind. In fact, the constant
lecturing may piss people off enough that they decide it's time to get DVD
Decrypter or DVD Shrink.
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