6 Jan 2003 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)

Embedded Systems Development

Well I got my product ready for MacWorld. I delivered the show build at 9:30 am this morning. Fortunately my client didn't have to fly out to SFO until this afternoon, so he was able to install and test it. He said it worked well.

If you want to see what I've been working on, stop by WiebeTech booth #1651 and ask James to show you the "technology demonstration".

I pulled all nighters two nights in a row to make the show deadline, with only four hours sleep in the middle. That's starting to get hard on an old guy like me. (I'm 38. I wouldn't have thought that was too old to stay up all night but it's starting to feel that way).

I'm glad I delivered a test build last night for my client to try out before the final delivery, because he had some trouble and I had to figure out what was wrong. We were planning to stay up all night while I sent him diagnostic builds but fortunately it was just a couple simple problems that didn't take us long to figure out.

I was really worried though because what he tested wasn't really of good enough quality to demo at a trade show, and I was worried sick some awful bug would happen. But in the end everything went well. It took all night because there was a lot of work to do but there were no real problems encountered.

In the end I was able to just deliver the demo and go to bed, and my client was able to run it just fine.

Some work remains before the product can be made an end-user product, but I know how to do what needs to be done. One of the chief advantages of my product over competing products will be that it should be so easy for regular users to use. It's not quite there yet.

Now I wait anxiously to hear what the reaction from the press and the public will be.

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