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From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: Contract Dispute questions.
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 16:42:23 GMT
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On 20 Nov 2002 06:01:51 -0800, the renowned Winfield Hill
>> All the software written to date wouldn't even fill up one floppy
>> disk which had room for two gerber files and had disk space to spare.
>> We are looking at a small program way under 700KB.
> Actually that sounds like a rather large program.
Yes, 700K of 8051 assembly is a probably a big program, especially
for the amount of money involved ($13K US, only part of which
was firmware). I sure couldn't do it for that, not from scratch
and assuming the file was mostly code and not just data. Think
about it.. that's 700,000 keystrokes- not just transcription but
creativity is involved, and it has to be pretty much perfect.
How many lines is it? If it was written in C or some other
HLL, the code will be cheaper per object code line, but not
necessarily much different per source code line. That's the
equivalent of a fair-sized novel.
And what's with these Gerbers? You said PCB design was Phase II or
later, how come these were complete enough to send for quotation?
(that you didn't get responses says something to me, but not
what you imply it does). Is there another side to this sad (but not
that atypical) story? Has your new contractor been given the exact
same specification or have you significantly refined it? Be
prepared to disclose these things as you would in a full-fledged
examination for discovery (share the documents with the defendant
ahead of time), your credibility may depend on it.
>>> There's little doubt the problem isn't insufficient memory space,
>>> even if the over-extended fellow used that as an excuse, but
>>> instead simply inadequate software expertise and implementation.
>> This is important to me. What is the technical explanation that a
>> software fix would have succeeded? His engineers said that there
>> was not enough addressable memory.
> There are many methods programmers employ to efficiently run in a
> modest amount of memory; 64k is a lot, many of us get by with 2k
> or 4k in embedded designs. It can certainly be a programming issue.
>>> Let's assume that you have a solid hardware platform.
>> Not even close. As I said it froze up the PC by just leaving it
>> plugged in.
> So does my PC, due to classic software faults (thanks Microsoft);
> the pc is solid.
I agree with Win, settle this between yourselves and move on,
don't get the courts involved, even small claims court. Are you
sure your contractor does not have a potential counter-claim
against you? I predict if you take it to court the results
will not be particularly satisfactory to you anyhow, and
it will surely consume a lot of mental and emotional bandwidth.
Canadian judges tend to be very fair, and I suspect that little
money will flow one way or the other at the end of the day.
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