looking for ideas...

From: John Foust <jfoust_at_threedee.com>
Date: Mon Apr 15 12:34:53 2002

At 11:32 AM 4/15/2002 -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
>On April 15, John Foust wrote:
>> At 07:13 PM 4/14/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>> >However, how is it better than desoldering the LED on the card, soldering
>> >a connector in its place, and running a couple of wires to the LED on the
>> >front panel?
>> Uhm, "better"? On this side of the pond, we usually go
>> for "easy" or "well-marketed". :-)
> Well, *some* of us do.

These days, a good share of the LEDs you'd want to monitor
are tiny surface-mounts. You're saying it's "better" to
diassemble your computer, un-mount the LED, and then
re-solder in new wires? I say it's easy, more cool and
"better" to have something that almost anyone could install.

I realize you were probably speaking in general, and
not about unsoldering LEDs, but let me digress...

As for the general techie belief that "better" should
always Win, don't point fingers at me - I whacked my
head against that one for years in the Amiga market.

The distillation of my Amiga market experience came from
the lips of a drunken Amiga dealer at a party in 1992 or so.
Of course, a popular topic of conversation was discussing
why the so-obviously-superior-to-the-annointed Amiga
wasn't outpacing the Mac and PC in sales.

This dealer said of the past few years (at that time) that
it was like we were all from five years in the future back
in the days of radio. (I did say this guy was drunk, didn't I?)

It was as if we'd all seen what television was like, but we
were selling to people who liked radio and couldn't imagine
the value of words with moving pictures.

- John
Received on Mon Apr 15 2002 - 12:34:53 BST

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