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2/9/2011 07:35 PM EST

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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   2/9/2011 8:47:24 PM
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First, it's unfortunate that you ended up in a situation where you had to dry-lab the demo, but that does happen often enough. What's interesting is the fact that the audience didn't notice. Perhaps they were all distracted by the power-outage. Perhaps, they really didn't have much knowledge or actual interest in what they were looking at. There's a pretty big lesson on demoing here. If such folks who are paid to write about it, maybe had invested in it, don't even notice a detail like the thing is still on when all the other power is out, then how much of our presentations will they notice? On the other hand, maybe they were just really impressed that you had managed to design in a battery back-up by launch time.

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Sheetal.Pandey   2/9/2011 10:09:09 PM
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This seems to be a very known story to me. So many times we had to get ready for a product demo. Believe it or not when "The moment" comes something or the other doesnt work. But yes good that LEDs were working for you. And believe me the VIPs and other big people are not always interested intechnical details.

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WKetel   2/12/2011 3:49:39 AM
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Sheetal is certainly correct about the VIPs and others not being interested in "mere details", which often include product functioning and durability. Will the product outlive the 30 day warranty can wind up being quite a challenge sometimes.

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zeeglen   2/12/2011 6:31:36 AM
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What they're interested in is the free champagne, the free jumbo shrimp, and "Can I make a quick buck off this?" with no clue or interest in what the new product is supposed to do. This is the difference between engineers and idiots.

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David Ashton   2/14/2011 1:13:10 AM
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You've separated the world very neatly into two kinds of people there Glen, I'd go along with that...

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zeeglen   2/14/2011 2:01:20 AM
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Well David, I didn't mean for it to sound quite so harsh as to divide into two groups. Granted there are many idiots in this world, but also many non-idiots are non-engineers. Let's just say I've experienced all four types.

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David Ashton   2/14/2011 9:39:54 PM
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Yep, and my tongue was firmly in my cheek - you just can't see it on my small photo..... Lets just say that non-engineers, generally, seem to have a higher proportion of idiots. When you get into marketing and bean-counting the proportion seems to get pretty high. And talking of dividing the world into types: There are 10 kinds of people in the world - those who know binary and those who don't......

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KB3001   2/14/2011 11:06:36 PM
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This story has a feel of a deja-vu :-)

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cdhmanning   2/16/2011 12:21:08 AM
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The journalist were worrying whether the champagne would still be cold.

agk
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agk   3/28/2011 3:34:16 PM
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Why all this drama? No honesty. always this can be postponed and informed to every one concerned or arrange for the product demos after completion of the product. Do not hurry so much

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