I know you do PCB layout, but do you design software also?

Tony,

I do PCB in Protel and the competition package. I also do mechanical stuff
in Acad and Cadkey, soon adding Solidworks.
I spent the last 6 years developing Controllers, touchscreens and customized
software interfaces, so I do have some Ideas on what and how the memory is
managed in windows.


If you look at the file creation dates on many items you will see that they
are there for the call. Inevitably a new engine can only do what it's
available data and subroutines have to offer.

Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Karavidas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] KLUNK! - Whats wrong with this picture.


> I wouldn't disagree with you much, but to add a few other thoughts:
>
> Did P98 "KLUNK!" back in 1998 on Win98? Maybe a service pack to windows,
> or win2k or winXP changed somehow and caused the "KLUNK!" to start. The
> reason I ask that is because I have a simple app I purchased and it was
> running fine one win98, then on win2k. At some point I tried it on winXP
> and the minimize button no longer worked! How could a simple, ubiquitous
> task as minimize stop working?? I have no idea, but I asked the vendor
> that supports the app and they say they are aware of it and will release
> a fix at some point. Does the lack of a date mean they aren't sure why
> it broke?
>
> I know you do PCB layout, but do you design software also?
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: JaMi Smith [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 1:41 AM
> > To: Protel EDA Forum
> > Cc: JaMi Smith
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] KLUNK! - Whats wrong with this picture.
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Tony Karavidas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 9:14 PM
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] KLUNK! - Whats wrong with this picture.
> >
> >
> > > Jami,
> > >
> > > Do you have the ability to install P99SE on a different machine? (I
> > > can't remember if you've indicated that before). I think
> > your frequent
> > > crashes are pretty unusual.
> > >
> >
> > Tony,
> >
> > Over the past year, most of my problems have been on either a
> > Dell Model 4100 1GHz Pentium III or once that was upgraded,
> > on a Dell Model 535 2.3Ghz Pentium 4, at work.
> >
> > I then purchased my own license, and now have my own copy of
> > Protel 99 SE SP6 installed on my own IBM Model 6648 NetVista
> > 866 MHz Pentium III at home.
> >
> > I actually just think that the crashes are just a matter of
> > usage, and the reason it has been so high in the past several
> > weeks is that the total usage has been an average of about 12
> > hours a day, with occasions reaching up to 18 hours straight.
> >
> > When I push Protel, it crashes!
> >
> > When Protel crashes, I scream and yell!
> >
> > I don't think that I am having more crashes than some others
> > out there, I just think that I may have a slightly higher
> > usage, and be much much more vocal and much much less
> > tolerant about the crashes.
> >
> > I really really think that is as simple as that.
> >
> > I think that far far too many people out there have become
> > accustomed to their systems crashing on them from time to
> > time for one reason or another, and actually think nothing of
> > it. Many accept it as the "cost of doing business" as it
> > were, and in some cases actually blame it on themselves
> > thinking that it was something that they might have done
> > wrong, or that for some reason the hardware or software
> > combination that they have just does not live up to Protel's
> > requirements and expectations.
> >
> > I have heard some people insist that their system is rock
> > solid, and never crashes, and yet these are the very same
> > people who admit that they have occasionally seen "hidden
> > processes" or "phantom copies" of Protel still running when
> > they go to shut their system down.
> >
> > This is not normal.
> >
> > This is not how software is supposed to run.
> >
> > Especially when that software is currently costing $8,000.00 a copy.
> >
> > It is not simply a fluke.
> >
> > It is not something that you did wrong.
> >
> > It is not that you have a flaky system.
> >
> > It is simply inexcusable blunders and oversights in programming.
> >
> > It really and truly is that Protel really and truly is flaky software.
> >
> > If nothing else, what we have learned today is that Protel
> > can't even perform the simplest of functions of terminating
> > its own program correctly and returning control and resources
> > to the operating system, without making an error.
> >
> > This is fundamental.
> >
> > This is an obvious blunder.
> >
> > And this problem has been there all of the time.
> >
> > I know that there may be some in this forum who would take
> > issue and try to say that this is not a big problem, and my
> > answer to them is simply that we really do not know how big
> > the problem is since we do not have the source code and can
> > therefore not really understand what is or is not happening,
> > and I don't think that that is really the issue here anyway.
> >
> > I think the issue here is that this "KLUNK!" problem proves
> > beyond any shadow of a doubt that there are in fact some very
> > basic software bugs and problems in Protel 99 SE, and that
> > Protel / Altium has really never looked at the software from
> > a stability and reliability standpoint to see whether or not
> > there really are problems there when people have complained
> > of crashes.
> >
> > Do you realize the magnitude of this blunder!
> >
> > What we have found out here today is something as basic and
> > fundamental as writing your very first "hello world!" program
> > in C, and having it crash on exiting "main".
> >
> > Whether or not it causes other problems is secondary to the
> > fact that it is a programming blunder of monumental
> > proportions, and the jury is not really in on whether or not
> > it causes any other problems.
> >
> > These are the same people who are now trying to sell you
> > another "can of worms" called DXP.
> >
> > I apologize for my little soap box oratory here,  and it is
> > certainly not my intention to offend anyone or start another
> > battle of words, but this is Problem Number One in
> > Introduction to Fundamental Programming 101, on How to
> > Properly Terminate any Program, and Protel / Altium has
> > flunked the course.
> >
> > I believe that this problem needs to be widely publicized,
> > and Protel / Altium needs to be pressured into "stepping up
> > to the plate" and taking responsibility for the problem, and
> > promising to do something about it, for all current Protel 99
> > SE users and customers.
> >
> > There are many Protel 99 SE customers out there that have a
> > monumental investment in Protel 99 SE software, and simply
> > cannot afford to "upgrade" to DXP to solve the existing
> > problems and shortcomings with Protel 99 SE.
> >
> > Don't you find it a little ironic that all of the Altium
> > "Management" from the CEO on down is scrambling to pacify
> > every whim of the users in the DXP Forum so that they can
> > convince everyone that they have a real viable product and
> > that they have real viable technical support, so that
> > everyone will think that they should buy into DXP and ATS so
> > that they can make more money.
> >
> > The primary problem with that scenario is that they have not
> > delivered the technical support on Protel 99 SE, and the
> > company has undergone a noticeable shift from people  of
> > technical expertise to people who are money managers and
> > dream salesmen.
> >
> > These are the same people who want you to believe that they
> > now know how to program all of your dreams come true into a
> > software package called DXP, and further, that once they have
> > your money, they will continue to have their CEO and all of
> > their Managers answer all of your questions and provide you
> > with technical support.
> >
> > I believe that Protel / Altium needs to support their current
> > customers with their current products before they can expect
> > their current customers to support them with any new products.
> >
> > I have previously stated here in this forum that I believe
> > that Protel / Altium needs to do many things to reach out to
> > their customers, such as "toll" the time limit on ATS until
> > they have a viable DXP Product, and let everyone's "1 year of
> > ATS" start from that point in time, and additionally, create
> > and issue a Service Pack 7 for Protel 99 SE free of charge to
> > those customers who bought into Protel 99 SE at either a
> > Service Pack 5 or 6 level, and charge a reasonable fee to
> > older customers.
> >
> > Most of all, I believe that the Protel / Altium customers
> > need to take advantage of the current "problems" with both
> > Protel 99 SE and DXP, and the current "attentiveness" of the
> > "CEO and Management" (at least in the DXP
> > Forum) and use it to "leverage" Protel / Altium out of their
> > current "chase the money and the stock market" mode and get
> > them into a "deliver and maintain a technically sound product" mode.
> >
> > I made the statement above that "this problem has been there
> > all of the time", and it has.
> >
> > Just how long is that?
> >
> > Well let me put it this way. If you have a copy of Protel 98
> > up and running somewhere, you might want to perform the
> > "KLUNK!" test on that.
> >
> > Yes boys and girls, at least that long.
> >
> > Maybe longer.
> >
> > The real point here is that it is a fundamental bug, and it
> > is eminently provable to be just that, a basic, fundamental,
> > programming 101 type bug, and it is probably one of the
> > primary reasons that Protel is, and always has been, "flaky",
> > in some installations, in spite of the fact that others
> > "swear by it" and say that they never have seen the system crash.
> >
> > Yes, "flaky".
> >
> > As in "unstable".
> >
> > Yes, Protel 99 SE is in fact "flaky".
> >
> > Is there any reason to think that Protel / Altium can and
> > will do any better in programming and supporting DXP than
> > they have Protel 98, Protel 99, and Protel 99 SE.
> >
> > My Sincere apologies if I have offended anybody, for any
> > reason, by this post, and it is not my intent to argue over
> > the "finer points" of whether or not "KLUNK!" is responsible
> > for all of the years of instability in Protel Products,
> > because we will never truly know the answer to that question
> > until Protel / Altium fixes the problem with Service Pack 7,
> > and we are allowed to test drive it for ourselves.
> >
> > The bottom line is this:
> >
> > No one can insist that any software application is "stable"
> > when it exhibits such a fundamental programming error as
> > "KLUNK!" for such a long period of time.
> >
> > Respectfully submitted,
> >
> > JaMi Smith
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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