At 08:55 PM 11/20/01 -0500, Bagotronix Tech Support wrote: >What do you say, Abdul? If you are willing to do this, and we scream loud >enough, Altium might hear of it.
Actually, we have had discussions and I even wrote one small piece for them. But mostly matters have been left with an idea that we would do something someday but that day has not arrived. When I started to get more involved with Protel, first through this list and then, a little, directly, I rearranged my business so that I would be free to write more. I identified another designer I trusted, actually, I found several but one is now my major designer, and I basically turned over nearly all my work to him. He lives in another country where the living cost is much lower than in the U.S., so I could pay him well -- for his country -- and low enough that I could possibly survive on the margin. My income has stayed the same or has gone down a little as a result, *but* the potential is much higher; and my *family* income has gone up because I have more time to help my wife with her business. So what I do is write for this list, which keeps my name up there and which brings business our way, enough that I can keep doing it. I know that Altium is considering a putting together a panel of user-consultants. Or at least some elements in Altium are considering that; I think there is no harm in mentioning it here. I might get involved in some way some day, but for now I am largely a representative of the users, that is, I work for user benefit. My resale business was started to help users, on the one hand, to sell unneeded copies, and, on the other hand, to be able to get into Protel at a reduced cost. I don't see a conflict between that and writing documentation for Protel; the possibility of doing training has also come up. But so far, no cigar, except for what comes to me directly from users. I actually think that, though I recognize I can write, the real genius here is the collective experience and wisdom of the users as a whole; so I would think the most efficient thing to do would be to edit and organize user writing and other input. Thus the proposals made for a user library system, etc. Some think that Protel is using us to do what they should be doing. I disagree. We are doing what we should be doing, and by doing it, at least potentially we are leaving Protel to do what they do best: write the software. There is no way, I have written many times, that they could provide us with the kind of support that we can provide ourselves. ATS won't give them enough money, far short of it. Collectively, we have not only more experience, but we also, if you think about it, have more money. We just aren't organized. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Abdulrahman Lomax Easthampton, Massachusetts USA * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To post a message: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * To leave this list visit: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/leave.html * * Contact the list manager: * mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * Forum Guidelines Rules: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/forumrules.html * * Browse or Search previous postings: * http://firstname.lastname@example.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *