Grizzly Weinstein (sea_gaagii) wrote,
Grizzly Weinstein

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Where have all the entries gone...

It has been quite a while since I posted. After being out of work for a few weeks there was a lot of catching up to do so we could ship the beta. I did manage to get everything finished in time, but the hardware is late. So now we are slipping the beta about two days at a time (it is already over a week late). Every few days so the final deadline doesn't suffer some of the bugs from the next milestone become beta-bugs. Not the best way to ship a product. One of the odd things about my group is we cannot ship a product late (even though the rest of the company seems to do this on a regular basis). If software is late, hardware gets held up at the factory, we get charged for storage, and either the devices have to be airshipped at a far greater cost or they miss the deadline for getting on the shelves for the Christmas rush. In the past we have had to ship software before we saw the final hardware. This has only bit us really hard once; they switched the firmware version of a device's USB controller once and it had a bug that was exposed on motherboard with the VIA USB chipset (about 50% of the market at the time). The device would not enumerate. Luckily a solution was found and I was able to write a USB filter driver in two days so it could be tested and shipped by the end of the week. Stuff like this seems to be a given in the hardware business.

So anyways, I have been busy. But we should ship this beta soon (and too soon after RTM).

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