Well, except for the surface mount bit
which is a PITA for repairs, that was
a good move. I'm sure you remember when
electronic gear had a lot more sockets
and connections. Which is mostly why
gear has gotten more reliable. I'm
designing an Open PLC at the moment,
sigh, it might be my last through hole
board design. Getting hard to get dips.
If you're interested, check out control.com
and the Open PLC Hardware thread. We haven't
moved it to SourceForge or the like yet.
Rick Sparber wrote:
> It was a minor kludge but the primary reason was that the developer decided
> to chuck it all and come out with an entirely new DRO. Mostly he just took
> the motherboard and this added on board and made a single new board. Along
> the way he went from a motherboard that was through hole so easy to assemble
> plus the added board which was mostly surface mount so harder to assemble,
> and made the new board all surface mount. To eliminate that pain he has the
> manufacturer mount all surface mount parts. No more "kit" except for a few
> through hole parts and the case. He also had to rework the software to work
> with the changes to the hardware.
> The first product is supposed to be out this month. I'm not involved at all
> except for being curious.
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> I think it was kind of a kludge
> from my viewpoint. That might be
> a partial reason why.
> Rick Sparber wrote:
>> There is more than one answer here.
>> 1. One argument I have heard is that it makes no sense to produce good
>> documentation because so few customers read it.
>> 2. A superb human/machine interface is intuitively obvious and there is no
>> need for any docs (think iPod Touch for example). Clearly a DRO is more
>> complex than an iPod but hopefully you get the idea.
>> 3. The customer gets what they want. If they don't complain about the
>> then why improve them? The customer is looking for the lowest price so
>> adding things they don't want is questionable.
>> 4. The much larger issue is how to make money on digitally encoded
>> You spend millions on a movie and before you can make a dime, it shows up
>> for free on the Internet. You put a lot of effort in a great DRO user's
>> manual and the same thing can happen.
>> I can tell you first hand that a detailed DRO user's guide is a huge
>> of effort. It entails learning the instrument in great detail, some beta
>> testing of the software and hardware, initial writing followed by many
>> rewrites as customers use it and find problems with both accuracy and
>> clarity. The customer interactions never happened because the product
>> took off. I'm not complaining. Writing these docs got me through my post
>> surgical recovery period nicely. I was looking for meaningful diversion,
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Behalf Of William Abernathy
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>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: Re: [mill_drill] Chinese DRO --was-- link
>> Hahah! You would think this would be important, but the market apparently
>> not mind shabby documentation in exchange for what the Chinese charge for
>> As a technical writer, more often than not what I'm doing involves
>> the "English" of non-native engineers into something end users can
>> The funny thing about this (if you have a sick sense of humor) is that,
>> increasingly, where my job cannot be eliminated altogether, it's being
>> outsourced to foreign tech writers, who do not speak-a de-Engarishu velly
>> I think the business will come back, but only after a lot more customers
>> the hard way that there are some jobs where outsourcing just does not pay
>> Quality documentation is like a decent meal on a flight. It used to be a
>> sign of
>> professionalism and care for the customer, but increasingly, customers are
>> interested in price, and such frippery as real food or a decent manual get
>> dumped in a relentless cost squeeze. I would wager that if a company like
>> for example, were to resell these DROs, they would have good manuals,
>> warranties, and a 20-50% cost premium.
>> As for running a "translation" service, it's an interesting idea, but it
>> acropper of a few problems:
>> 1) To document any tool, I would need access to either an engineer who
>> understands the product, or the product itself. Neither is going to become
>> available without assistance from the manufacturer or a value-added
>> 2) If I were to screw up my documentation (or, more to the point, if you
>> convince a jury I screwed up my documentation) resulting in you getting
>> it's me, not the tool maker, who's on the hook.
>> 3) How many minutes before some jackass scans the work onto a CD and
>> selling it on eBay?
>> And for all this, much would you be willing to pay?
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