William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Thu Aug 10 14:16:10 CDT 2006

> To make it on topic, I've found exactly the same thing with classic computers
> - with something that sold tens of thousands or more the bugs tend to get
> ironed out; with something that hardly sold at all there can be all sorts of
> errors.  (that seems to be tied to the machine class though - e.g. mainframe
> designers *know* that they won't sell many, so they set aside time to get the
> service docs right and that gets reflected in the cost)

I do not think that is the reason. The engineering process for
mainframe computers is far more disciplined, in keeping with the RAS
philosophy. Sell one or sell a million - mainframe customers have very
strict demands for their systems, and the engineers must adhere.


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