[TenTec] 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta testers
bob at cytanet.com.cy
Thu Aug 25 11:15:00 EDT 2005
I have never needed to be bound by a written contract in order to respect
confidentiality. The lack of a specific NDA matters none. I agreed with
Ten Tec I would not make public the content of discussions on the TTBUG
reflector and nor would I distribute copies of beta firmware. That's good
enough for them and that's good enough for me.
Any Orion owner can apply to become a beta tester for the product's new
operating code. If you're curious about what's new and you are willing to
contribute, then ask Ten Tec if you can become a beta tester.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy K7RAN" <k7randy at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec at contesting.com>
Cc: <wc1m at msn.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta testers
> Well, if there's no NDA, then there's no secret. I don't subscribe to
> Dick's notion that vigorous reflector discussions necessarily provide
> "distractions" for engineers. In fact, most engineers are familiar
> with far more malevolent distractions (like those in the executive
> suites with power who issue impossible fatwas) than anything
> generated by a public affinity group. In answer to Dick's "you can
> imagine the chaos" comment, the fact is that I cannot imagine the
> chaos he suggests; these kinds of statements reflect more of
> patriarchal propaganda than any empirical fact, which I will offer
> here: America Online (and many other companies, for that matter)
> routinely conducts public beta tests where literally millions of
> people can opt in and participate in vigorous discussions, and the
> "imagined chaos" does not automatically follow. I am certainly open
> to a better defense of this exclusive process than what Dick Green
> attempted to provide.
> Randy, K7RAN
> On Aug 24, 2005, at 10:34 AM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> > There's no written NDA, but the beta testers have agreed to keep
> > information
> > about beta releases and related discussions private. This is
> > necessary in
> > order to provide an environment in which the testers and engineers
> > can do
> > their job efficiently with minimal distractions. It also allows for a
> > certain level of experimentation with new features that may never
> > see the
> > light of day. You can imagine the chaos that would reign if every
> > pre-release bug/feature became grist for the public mill.
> > Discussions among
> > the beta test group are vigorous enough as it is.
> > The Orion beta test group is pretty large and includes very qualified
> > participants with a wide range of operating interests and technical
> > skills.
> > IMHO, they've done an excellent job advocating for the interests of
> > the
> > Orion user community, and TT has done an excellent job responding
> > to problem
> > reports and suggestions. In fact, every issue discussed on the public
> > reflectors has been the subject of in-depth discussions between the
> > beta
> > testers and engineers before public release of each firmware version.
> > 73, Dick WC1M
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Don Rasmussen [mailto:wb8yqj at yahoo.com]
> >> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 11:59 AM
> >> To: tentec at contesting.com
> >> Subject: [TenTec] 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to beta testers
> >> Any ver 1.x owners here to suggest the specific concerns that
> >> v2.0 should address?
> >> I expect that receiver lockups should become a thing of the
> >> past, whether the sweep is engaged or not.
> >> What are the other "must" fixes?
> >> Can anyone here using v2.0 report if any specific issue has
> >> been corrected, or are early adopters bound by a
> >> non-disclosure agreement for the beta test?
> >> -----------------------------------------------
> >> To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
> >> Subject: Re: [TenTec] 565 Orion v2.0 firmware released to
> >> beta testers
> >> Great news, Scott. I wish you few if any bugs.
> >> Thanks,
> >> Scott K4VWK
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