From: Bob Leif
To: Bob Sutton et al.

The quotation starting "First" is from Wes Groleau. However, I do believe
that he is correct. The present commercial software manufacturers are all
driven by time to market.

As for "So many PC's lack memory error checking.  I can only wonder about
the impact of this upon seeming software reliability." I have installed
error-correcting memory. It has two virtues: 1) It does correct
electronically induced (soft errors) and 2) You know to blame the software
manufacturer. I have no way of measuring soft errors. However, I still have
about one lock-up every two days or so. I might note. I tend to reboot
frequently to avoid lock-ups. Therefore, I do not recommend Windows 98 or
many present software products for mission critical use.

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, August 21, 2000 9:12 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: (Off topic) Market for Commercial Software in Ada


In a message dated 8/21/00 8:18:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]
writes:

<<  First
 Bill Gates convinced the "man in the street" that frequent software
 crashes are to be expected.  Then other companies began to believe it
 (even MacOS is less reliable than it used to be).  And now the majority of
 programmers believe it, too! >>

So many PC's lack memory error checking.  I can only wonder about the impact
of this upon seeming software reliability.

Bob Sutton