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I should have been a Dentist

I just finished an apps call to help a customer solve a problem with their design as performance was not up to par. I suggested some slight layout and pinout changes and their project lead informed me that they had already gone out for boards. I then went for possible software fixes and their firmware lead told me they were in “code freeze”. When I asked them short of prayer just what did they think I could do? They responded that I was the expert and maybe I had some tricks up my sleeve. Or course marketing was against spec changes because, you guessed it, the data sheet had already been released. Tricks yes! Miracles no! I suggested sacrificing a chicken or two to the gods of good luck. I suppose being a Dentist has its problems but at least you get a big bottle of Nitrous and get to inflict a bit of pain to customers that really piss you off. I’m going to let this one stew (get it.... chicken.... stew?  haha) for a day or two for them to figure out which camp is going to have to cave.


Stub for 2332016's picture

Sacrificing goats usually works for me.That and selling my soul to the devil.

PCPete's picture

OK, I have to know - who backed down?Or are they going ahead with the production as a "late beta" release to their Most Important Customers, with the option to release a fully-optimised product a little bit later (for a little bit more compensation)?

FWIW, burning cacao beans worked for me once.Less messy than chickens/goats, no smouldering feather/fur artefacts wafting around on random breezes, and it smells nicer too!