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GeoffWill
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How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Just curious,

 

How many of you would have been happy to get a side-load only beta from B&N, even if it contained some bugs or an incomplete app experience?

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

 


GeoffWill wrote:

Just curious,

 

How many of you would have been happy to get a side-load only beta from B&N, even if it contained some bugs or an incomplete app experience?


As someone who has participated in beta tests, I can only say "not me".  As it is way too much that we buy today is really in the beta stage-software, video games, even electronic devices.  I want the product to be as complete as possible because it will undoubtedly need tweaking once released.

 

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LGman
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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Sure, I would have.  I've downloaded and signed up for beta testing for other products.  But this would only have a small chance of not being a disaster if each person were required to register and only voice issues on a specific forum for the beta testers.  I realize they can't stop people from talking about it on other sites, but forcing testers to register does keep the random un-techie 'how do I turn this on' tester downloading, trashing their NC, and complaining all over the boards about how bad the NC is because of their ineptitude.

 

If BN had started this beta testing policy early, before people got too antsi (me included) about the update being delayed, it may have worked.  It's too late now.

 

All I can do now is wait patiently, read these boards, and laugh at some of the silly postings.
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Gottaluvit
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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

I rather not . I have to agree with what deemure posted . It just would not be worth the time and frustration .

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?


Gottaluvit wrote:

I rather not . I have to agree with what deemure posted . It just would not be worth the time and frustration .


I certainly understand. I just tend to like the 'bleeding edge' stuff. In my career, I work on things that are 1-2 years out from production, plus I dabble in software, so I like to test, play, etc with new versions of tools and Operating Systems. My wife thinks I'm crazy.

But then, there's the retro side of me, I also have an 82 year old car...
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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

82-year-old car?  Coolness.  Okay, we need pics.  Or links to pics.  Or whatever. 

 

 

 

 

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RE: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

I am a beta tester for a new On-line computer language.  I get the few features first and do I find bugs in almost every new release.  The reason it works is the developer jumps on the bugs very quickly to fix them (days at the most), so the experience is rewarding.

 

I really like my nook color but with the sub par tech support and the fuzzy releases dates beta testing a NC color op-system could be a nightmare.  As kind of a tech guy I would pass.

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Learning the stock NC was a chore, Add "beta" bugs and I'd bet a lot of people would need to take advantage of the "Accident" coverage. LOL

 

I'll also ask here, Who is going to learn the new features and answ all the questions?? :smileysurprised:

 

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?


LGman wrote:

Gottaluvit wrote:

I rather not . I have to agree with what deemure posted . It just would not be worth the time and frustration .


I certainly understand. I just tend to like the 'bleeding edge' stuff. In my career, I work on things that are 1-2 years out from production, plus I dabble in software, so I like to test, play, etc with new versions of tools and Operating Systems. My wife thinks I'm crazy.


I used to be like that too, but then by the time I got done tinkering with OS versions and distros, I'd totally forgotten what I had wanted to do in the first place :smileyhappy:

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?


GeoffWill wrote:

Just curious,

 

How many of you would have been happy to get a side-load only beta from B&N, even if it contained some bugs or an incomplete app experience?


Generally, that's a bad idea.    When you "generalize" beta software to the public, it's a nightmare.    It gives a bad impression as many of the 'errors' reported by users are pilot error, not repeatable software errors...and thus wastes developer/support time running down 'non-issues'    In addition, non-technical users will report to others, how buggy this thing is.   For an example, simply look at all the issues with people trying to root their NC's and rooting a NC is a very straight forward process.

 

Putting out beta software to technical users, who fully understand what's required to test vs "just using it" and that know how to track down issues they see repeatable sequences so exact causes can be tracked by the developers is a much better use of their time, and to be honest, the user's time.

 

So while I would be willing to beta test a new release, I'm "in the business" and a technical user who has done lots of beta testing in the past.   

 

But for general release....bad idea.

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

 


GeoffWill wrote:

LGman wrote:

Gottaluvit wrote:

I rather not . I have to agree with what deemure posted . It just would not be worth the time and frustration .


I certainly understand. I just tend to like the 'bleeding edge' stuff. In my career, I work on things that are 1-2 years out from production, plus I dabble in software, so I like to test, play, etc with new versions of tools and Operating Systems. My wife thinks I'm crazy.


I used to be like that too, but then by the time I got done tinkering with OS versions and distros, I'd totally forgotten what I had wanted to do in the first place :smileyhappy:


LOL  yup, been there.  I finally get something working and it's like Yeah!  I did it!  But then sit back and realize that wasn't my original goal and I still have more stuff to work on.

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

[ Edited ]

 


riffrafff wrote:

82-year-old car?  Coolness.  Okay, we need pics.  Or links to pics.  Or whatever. 

 

 

 

 


 

Sorry for the delay, I've been trying to figure out how to host a picture.  Went back through a few threads hoping to find the secret, so here goes, hope this works.

 

It's a 1929 Model A Roadster.  it's been in the family since the early 60's.  I used to sit in it as a kid pretending to drive it and 40+ years later, my wish came true.

 

1929 Model A Roadster

 

Fixed it!

 

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

[ Edited ]

 


LGman wrote:

 


riffrafff wrote:

82-year-old car?  Coolness.  Okay, we need pics.  Or links to pics.  Or whatever. 

 

 

 

 


 

Sorry for the delay, I've been trying to figure out how to host a picture.  Went back through a few threads hoping to find the secret, so here goes, hope this works.

 

It's a 1929 Model A Roadster.  it's been in the family since the early 60's.  I used to sit in it as a kid pretending to drive it and 40+ years later, my wish came true.

 

 

1929 Model A Roadster

 


[Edit  Found the right secret sauce to get the picture to post.

As Lilly Tomlin would say "Never Mind"]

 

well, clearly it didn't work.  Any recomendataions?  I was using teh picasa web site and inserted a direct link.

 

Sorry, don't mean to hijack this thread.  I'll have to try this again sometime.

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

As my wife says "You void warrenties"

 

Beta, Alpha, whatever...as long as I can get it back to stock I'll try anything and play with it.

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?


LGman wrote:


But then, there's the retro side of me, I also have an 82 year old car...

I have a 74 year old car.. I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours   :smileyvery-happy:

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?


LGman wrote:

 


riffrafff wrote:

82-year-old car?  Coolness.  Okay, we need pics.  Or links to pics.  Or whatever. 

 

 

 

 


 

Sorry for the delay, I've been trying to figure out how to host a picture.  Went back through a few threads hoping to find the secret, so here goes, hope this works.

 

It's a 1929 Model A Roadster.  it's been in the family since the early 60's.  I used to sit in it as a kid pretending to drive it and 40+ years later, my wish came true.

 

1929 Model A Roadster

 

Fixed it!

 

 


Photobucket

 

 

1937 Plymouth Pick up. One of not too many built. 331 Hemi

 

 

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Not me.

I'm probably in the majority in that I'm not a techie.  I just want to read and browse the web (with Flash).

 

I like that I can have BN screen out the bugs and offer only tried-and-tested apps from the Android Wild West.

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

I rooted my NC so I already feel like a Beta Tester. I don't mind it because I knew what I was getting into. But in general, I don't like to Beta test stuff. Although I did with Firefox 4.

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Because that Beta IE9 is working so well? I'd only load a beta on something I could back off.

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Re: How many of you would have been happy with a sideload only beta?

Niiiice cars, you two! 

 

 

 

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