Will Openmoko ever see the light of day? Was Re: Concern for usability and ergonomics

Matthew S. Hamrick mhamrick at cryptonomicon.net
Wed Jun 13 16:26:35 CEST 2007


Let me just add to what Sudharshan said... There is a stunning amount  
of variability in the mobile device supply chain. I used to work for  
Gibson Musical Instruments, where we were designing what was  
effectively a custom PDA (don't ask.) There were several delays,  
including about 9 months where we were waiting for parts to arrive at  
the factory. You get on the phone and you send over a PO number and  
you get a contract for delivery of a certain part and then you wait.  
And wait, and wait. And it never shows up. Then you get back on the  
phone and eventually you find another parts distributor. Since then,  
I've started taking delivery dates with a pretty large grain of salt.

BTW, I've seen prototypes of the Neo 1973, and it has a lot of parts  
under the hood. If you guess that one in twenty parts could be  
problematical, there's plenty of opportunity for delay. At some point  
I'll have to tell you my story about the Nokia 770 I eventually got.

-Matt H.

On Jun 13, 2007, at 6:26 AM, Duncan Hudson wrote:

> denis wrote:
>> That is something I would like to know as well. The statement ist not
>> really clear and seems to be very misterious. I don't know.
> In all honesty, has there ever been a really clear statement about  
> this device?  I'm beginning to feel (as was eluded to in others'  
> posts months ago) that this is vaporware, and that we are just  
> being strung along.    Flame me all you want, but until I have  
> something in my hot little hand how can I possibly be led to  
> believe anything else at this point?
> Dunc
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