[OT] Computer news from Kassel

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Wed Jun 23 12:07:36 EDT 2010

To some extent you have a point, but software bugs are a bit trickier. What some people call bugs are really not. Some bugs are extremely obscure, and only affect a very small number of people. Some bugs have a workaround, and so are not critical. For a company to devote all their resources to resolving these kinds of bugs is NOT good business, ESPECIALLY when the sales model is subscription based. People want to see at least one good release each year because they are paying for free upgrades. 

I recall an old saying that there's no such thing as bug free software. Or to put it another way, to try and make software bug free would cost too much. 


On Jun 22, 2010, at 8:31 PM, Peter Alcibiades wrote:

> The price of doing some things well, if you are a company with limited
> resources, is refusing to do everything badly.  
> Or put it the other way, the price of trying to do too much is that you will
> not do anything properly or well.  In the end, this is company wrecking. 
> Its a life and death issue.
> If Rev is really as overstretched as it looks, the first step is to close
> down some stuff until they arrive at a smaller set of things that can be
> done properly and to quality standards.  
> If you can't fix the bugs in what you have, don't try to introduce more
> products, as you will then be unable to fix the bugs in them also.  In the
> common phrase, when in a hole, stop digging.
> A common reaction to this situation is to deny it exists.  This is one of
> the clearest symptoms of the illness.  The cure begins with acceptance and
> acknowledgment of the problem. 
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