"Then the environment changes and management goes into denial. It says, 'Let's keep doing what we did to make us successful, only more aggressively.'
"You're not allowed to talk about failure, as if it just can't happen."
-- Bob Palmer, hired as the new CEO to turn-around DEC, being quoted by C.M. Farkas and P. DeBacker in Maximum Leadership (Holt & Co).
Numera Software (Visual CADD):
"I think all you have to do is look and see who has a product on the market and who doesn't."
-- John Brock firstname.lastname@example.org
"Visual CADD may be the first CAD software to ship a product for Windows 95, but AutoCAD R13 is the first major CAD vendor to achieve MS-Windows 95 logo compliance.
"The first CAD product to achieve MS-Windows 95 logo compliance is the American Small Business Computers Design CAD for Windows 95."
-- NewsBytes (9 Jan '96)
Ever notice that GIF backwards is FIG (as in "figure")? Too bad the acronym PNG is so forgettable. CompuServe is switching away from GIF to avoid paying royalties to UniSys. Reports a new Upfront subscriber, who wishes to remain anonymous:
"The real scoop on Unisys is that they have a patent on LZW compression, which is built into the GIF file format. It goes way beyond that, however, as Adobe will attest since they had to license LZW for Postscript. Unisys is out talking to anyone who may have used LZW either directly or indirectly."
-- Jason Osgood email@example.com
With another perspective on TriSpectives, here are comments from Multi-CAD magazine's technical editor:
"The question about how does 3D/EYE's TriSpectives do fast continuous rendering without OpenGL...
"It's worth noting that the Hewlett-Packard HP7000 series Unix workstations have an OS software extension that does real-time 3D rendering not too much worse than when the high-cost optional hardware rendering graphics board is installed.
"HP Solid Designer normaly operates all the time in fully-shaded mode, regardless of whether hardware rendering is available. It does it well enough to not cause users to turn it off.
"I think HP SD is unique in this. All the other top-end 3D CAD systems (like Catia, Unigraphics, Ideas, CV, and Pro/Engineer) auto-switch to wireframe temporarily whenever the model view is rotated, moved, or zoomed and then snap back (almost instantly!) to fully shaded when movement stops -- unless the optional OpenGL hardware is installed, which often is.
"The HP 7000 is of course a very high speed RISC machine of considerable cost but it shows what can be done -- possibly more efficiently in software at the OS level."
-- Geoffrey Harrod geoffhar@brisbane.DIALix.oz.au
Which confirms one of my Rules of Computing: "Software always supercedes hardware."
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