Don't ship GTA02v5 without the rework

steve steve at
Sun Apr 20 02:58:05 CEST 2008

 I bet you've built and shipped a few things in your life.

Dr. Johnson:  Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

PS. Big fan of Ray K. we should talk.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:community-bounces at] On Behalf Of Mikko Rauhala
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 4:37 PM
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Subject: Re: Don't ship GTA02v5 without the rework

pe, 2008-04-18 kello 21:57 -0400, Kevin Dean kirjoitti: 
> I have to say, I'm baffled by that sentiment. GTA02v5 is fully 
> functional, the only "problem" is that it's not as efficient as it 
> could be, just like every other product on the planet.

Hear hear. For fuck's sake, people. "Boohoo, there's gonna be a better
version down the line." Where the hell have you lived your tech lives?
This is how it _always_ is, and blowing any piece of admitted suboptimality
so out of proportion Escher would be proud is _not_ the way to encourage an
open development process.

Don't like a couple of LEDs being slightly brighter than strictly necessary?
Okay, there's the Perfect v6 coming up. Oh wait, it still doesn't have
wake-on-bluetooth (I'm almost sorry for mentioning this bit of old news
since it may stir up yet another storm in a teacup - again).
And it won't, too much reworking would be involved. So you'd better just
skip the FreeRunner altogether, you know, to get the perfect phone.

Don't think that's comparable to the lack of a minor power saving hw
feature? Well, there's this new Atheros AR6002 wifi chip that's more power
efficient than Neo's AR6001, so clearly, since we _already know_, as many
are stressing over the fucking LED thing, that the FreeRunner is using a
suboptimal solution, they should just scrap that piece of shit and rebuild
using this more power-efficient chip.

Of course, this all will mean that they'll never get any actual products
out, since there's always room for improvement especially in our fast-paced
tech world, but hey, it's all to satisfy the people who want their phones
Just Perfect.

And the point was? Yeah, the point. There was one here somewhere, let me
look for it. Oh yeah. Here it is:

	Nothing. Will. Ever. Be. Perfect.

Get over it. Not to say you shouldn't wait for v6 if it would grind your
soul inside every time to see the led blink on a v5. Please do. Just leave
the rest of us in peace. Oh, and hope that the OM guys won't ever think of a
cheap way to make FR again slightly better and start producing a v7. Why,
that would mean that your phone would instantly become useless crap,
wouldn't it. Wouldn't it?


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