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Smoke Test

Started: 2004-07-31 08:11:35

Submitted: 2004-07-31 08:18:29

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Early yesterday afternoon the smoke test on our prototype Big Printer (TM) passed. Performing a smoke test is simple -- plug everything in, turn on the power, and see if anything smokes. (It's especially bad if the magic smoke gets let out.)

Now it's my turn to make the machine work by writing the software to go on it, which should be exciting.

Ok, well, the most obvious problem with [new years resolution
about getting a girlfriend] is that the intended outcome relies on
variables which are out of my control. It's a matter of chance,
luck, being in the right place at the wrong time, what have you.
Obviously, it also relies on the willful participation of
another human being. Since the only people we control are
ourselves, making resolutions -- promises to ourselves -- which
require the involvement of others, who may or may not want any
part of the game, is like sitting at home and cheering a
football team, and then saying "We won! We won!" when in fact
you had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Or something
like that.
- Bitscape, Random Rambling, 01 August 2000