Merle and Martin.....
We were joking. OTOH, I'd like the promised firmware updates to become
available before transistors and SMC parts go the way of tubes......and
before I am 6 foot under ;-).
IMHO, a wide number of users will probably always come up with some bugs not
uncovered by even the most extreme beta tests.
73 John K4NP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Merle Bone" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion/Orion II Firmware update
> Martin (AA6E) Said:
> " Beta test should last as
> long as it takes to get bugs out. ;-)"
> I fully agree with Martin. Ten-Tec used Beta test users earlier in the
> life of the
> Orion, but discontinued their use. Too often, TenTec released V1 and V2
> code releases "fast"
> with many bugs. That led to many people finding the problems, a flurry of
> notes on this reflector,
> and then to another release - which was not fully tested - which led to a
> flurry of notes on
> this reflector, and then to another release - which was not fully tested -
> which led to a
> flurry of notes .................and on and on. Beta tests should be
> thorough and should find all but the
> most subtle of issues. Whether TenTec uses all internal Beta testers, or
> some "field
> Beta testers" - like Elecraft, the "final release" product should be "very
> close to bug free."
> 73, Merle - W0EWM
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