Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Like the Everlasting Gobstopper

I think Leatherman has a problem: Their product is just too good. I'm in mild lust with the new
Charge XTI. However, its improvements over my current Wave just don't justify replacement. And as well as these things are built (25-year warranty!), I don't expect to have to replace my Wave because it broke anytime soon. This seems a little like the problem the PDA market has, and the cellphone market will soon have: You can sell one to lots of people, but from there the improvements aren't enough to justify an upgrade. I'm not sure how to solve this problem; maybe offer a trade-in program, and then resell the used ones?

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