Message #6 Posted by Garth Wilson on 23 Feb 2006, 5:07 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil)
The electronics industry magazines keep talking about the increasing time-to-market pressures and decreasing market windows. They're talking of course about the consumer gadget market, and the things that move very quickly and have short product lives, like cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, iPods, miniature memory cards, etc.. Editorials in the magazines also periodically lament the fact that products developed under these pressures come out half-baked, with lots of bugs and not even having been given time for a decent manual to be written. Put me down as one who is fed up with this kind of thing myself. Some things take many years to develop, even when they're well funded and have a full-time professional team working on them. I'm not about to pressure openRPN to meet the unrealistic schedules dictated by bean counters or by customers who don't understand what's involved. My own industry is generally not like what I described above; but I do know what it's like to be embarrassed because the small company's impatient president, who doesn't understand engineering, set an unrealistic introduction date and stuck to it, against the advice of his engineers, and showed something at a trade show, or maybe took orders for something we couldn't deliver yet. Give openRPN time. Right from the beginning, I figured they'd probably need several years, considering the time limitations of those involved having day jobs, the custom double-shot keys, maybe a custom LCD, but maybe most of all, a big software job ahead. Now only only three months into the pregnancy, some are saying, "Well, where's the baby?!"