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From: "Michael R. Kesti"
Subject: Re: Generating Serial Numbers
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 13:01:39 -0700
Organization: MK Associates
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"Michael A. Terrell" wrote:
>John Larkin wrote:
>> Yes. Start at 101 and count upward. Nobody wants to buy sn 001.
> Why? I've bought equipment with serial # 01 before. It was a used
>video router to select the video output from for a pair of
>minicomputers, to several RGB monitors. I stripped some of the circuitry
>and built a one in, 32 out 10 MHz distribution amp for the production
>floor and Cal Lab at the Microdyne plant in Ocala Florida.
One of the things I have long enjoyed about manufacturing equipment for
the broadcast industry is that it is a very unique marketplace. One of
the ways in which this manifests itself is that broadcasters recognize
that they are a fairly small market and that this requires them to
sometimes be more willing to take chances with new equipment. Some
don't like to admit it, but this means that they are very often product
beta testers. In exchange, they expect a far higher level of support
than in most industries. In many cases, support matters more than
> Some equipment is built, "engineered to order". The serial number has
>to reflect this, or the customer will not want to pay the engineering
Any broadcast products manufacturer that engages in charging custom
engineering fees for standard product doesn't last very long. Their
small market ensures that such ruses are too easily found out, with or
without serial numbers.
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