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Normal home computer users don't have a dev contact, and don't know where to ask for something to be written for them, nor the money to pay for the service.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
horribly enough, that's why I went iPhone
a) 'better' font/sizes than what I was using (and I think way back then I had a work BlackBerry)
b) I was already supporting an iPhone app, so I knew the development environment - anything I couldnt get, I could write (guess how many personal apps I've actually written )
I found this on Amazon (checking for comments from another seller that doesn't yet have any):
>The Tayama Personal Blender designed for your active, fast-paced lifestyle.The 20 ounce BPA-free plastic Sport Bottle comes complete with a carry hook and lid storage when put away. A powerful 300-watt motor turns ice and frozen fruit into your favorite smoothies, health shakes, and diet drinks. The Blender base is small enough to keep on your counter every day or take on the go.
and immediately below it:
Helpful Hint: This appliance may only be used for a maximum 3 minutes of continuous use.
Allow to cool down between uses. This appliance is not intended to crush ice or frozen food. Use only for liquid and cut soft fruit.
Let me add the finishing touch: the above was taken from their own photo-enriched add extolling their product.
I guess the manufacturers and their agents assume we're all jackasses - and if their even 1% correct they make a fortune.
Recently I've been looking at radiation meters. They all seem to begin by describing different common types of radiation -- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, X-rays -- yet when you read the specifications, none detect Alpha and few detect Beta. (I need an Alpha detector.)
I imagine someone might also begin a car ad with something along the lines of "Mercedes Benz traces it's roots to 1883 and has been synonymous with high-quality European automobiles for more than a century, this Yugo is also a European automobile..."
Just as an aside - I used to purchase the Kodak Easy-Share cameras in the (what is now called) super telephoto class - really bridges between SLR's and point-an-shoot. When Kodak was going bankrupt I upgraded to the latest and greatest, a Z990 (30x Schneider lens that is just amazing). I got it for $150, new, just after they announced bankruptcy and stores were dumping inventory. Not long after, you would have to pay full list $300 to get one in new condition, sometimes more. One other thing I loved about this series is that it used four AA batteries. Easy to keep spares; cheap, too, even for the best NiMH slow discharge. I've gotten over 200 shots one set and it wasn't used up. Alas, I dwell,
Finally, the point:
Well - they were in bad financial shape and licensed their name to some China based company and now called PixPro. They are now, basically, junk.
I think quality sucks because we still buy the things.
For example, these cheap 2 in 1 Chopper from Kmart[^], they're actually terrible quality, but they're so useful that I find my self recommending to people that they buy a few, because they don't last much longer than 6 months before the plastic starts to break down and fall apart.
In conclusion, I'm definitely a part of the problem.
My primary example of the absolute loss of quality control is HDD's. Especially for more than 1TB, they often arrive inoperable (making DOA a common term in computer parlance). Or, they start making noise and crash in a week or so. This is happening a lot. The reason is rather simple - it is cheaper to skip QC and just replace the drive than to actually make sure they're working. QC is now your job and not only aren't you paid but often you need to pay shipping for the return of the junk.
Prices for HDD's are amazingly low per TB - mainly you are paying for rest of the hardware, except the very latest models.
And, consider trusting your data to an unreliable HDD. They effort in transferring data, possible setup time if it's a bootable drive. Loss of data when it crashes. It is from there that I coined my phrase: "An unreliable Hard Drive is overpriced at free".
I am currently in the process of setting up Azure DevOps for the first time, which will be self hosted on one of our dev servers. (I have never used TFS before either... well, aside from a failed attempt in setting it up a few years back).
Any of you lot have any experience with it? Particular any obvious "gotchas" that I am likely to hit that you could pre-warn me about?
Currently we use Mercurial for source code, so that will be a conversion job over to Git at some point.
Thanks in advance for any advice. I also welcome your input if you just want to laugh at my impending doom.
If project and team is small and server must be in-house, you can consider Azure DevOps Express. Free for 5 member teams and runs on single machine. However, hosted Azure DevOps would be my choice. When you consider hardware, configuration, maintenance, updates , backups , TCO is cheap.