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On to business

Friday, August 12th, 2005 at 2:07 pm Written by:

Worldcon was successful, and I eventually settled on some good accomodation in traffic island embankment in between carparks near the SECC, instead of the 6 mile cycle up the road to a campsite.

On the freesteel note, I went south to try selling this software. It’s not often that someone comes up with a new machining algorithm. So we had a long chat about how the business could but didn’t work, and so forth. I can sense it’s not ever actually in a software company’s interest to bring something like this to the market, since it’s only ever work, and merely gives the customers something further to complain about.

The only way to market this is to advertize it to customers directly, like they do with drugs with the saying: “Ask your doctor about brand X for your heart.” I think we need to get it shown to users at the bottom end of the market, say with a cheap and nasty user interface that lets them make toolpaths. Then they will demand the suppliers of their CAM software to integrate it into their system. Otherwise, it’s just not going to happen.

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