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From Berin Loritsch <blorit...@d-haven.org>
Subject Re: Technical Concerns over AF4.2
Date Tue, 13 Jul 2004 16:57:16 GMT
Bennett, Timothy (JIS/Applications) wrote:

>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Berin Loritsch [mailto:bloritsch@d-haven.org] 
> Well... Showing off the star part(s) was well and good in the early days
> when IOC was young and everyone was trying to figure out what good parts
> look like, and if you could even build different cars off the same chassis.

Yes, but there is high demand still for that part.  Can't we continue to 
offer it until demand grows to the point where no one really wants the 
part by itself anymore?  When companies introduce new and better models, 
there is still a period of overlap where the old is still sold with the 
new.  The old is marked down, but still on the books and is phased out 
in a managed process.

> But here is the broader issue, and the one that for the life of me I can't
> understand why more people aren't more excited about, and that is this:


I am excited about it, really.  But also look at it from my perspective. 
  I have clients of my own to support that have built things with my 
specs.  It is easier for me to support my clients if I have just the 
part I need without anything more--for the time being.

Sure I would like to ramp up to the new, eventually.  However, I have to 
manage risk with what I have now.  A sudden change and upheaval to my 
chassis at this stage would do more harm than good.  I have to make 
certain baby steps to build a more adaptable chassis so that I can 
eventually support both old and new with the same basic structure.

There is also the reality that the new is not really formally introduced 
yet.  It's being advertised, but as I am so often reminded, there is no 
Avalon 4 as a whole spec.  There is only Avalon Framework 4 with other 
parts packaged together for the luxury vehicle.  I appreciate the work 
being done to standardize the parts to make up the luxury vehicle, I 
really do.  The thing is that most of the parts for my beater and the 
sports car don't work with the new standards yet.  It takes time.

By not having the product I need sold as a product anymore (beating this 
horse to death), you are effectively telling me that both I and my 
clients are out in the cold.  Hence, my representation of the demand again.


"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to 
build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to 
produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
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