It should; I was too optimistic by many, many decimal places.
Stop right here for a second. Since you only did some flavor of software, you never saw what work had to be done by the thousands of people who produced whatever hardware and comm your buyers installed your software on.
Sure. But you still implicitly depended on other companies' procedures working.
Now I will buttume that the software you shipped was an application of some flavor. Now this makes you depenedent on all the unknown policies and procedures of companies who produced the underlying software you used, e.g. the OSes, the compilers and any other software your group did not develop and maintain.
Now my decimal point is about 100 positions in error.
snip Not at that company, no. Correct. So, you're telling me that experience developing (or maintaining) application-level software gives essentially zero insight into the...
Ok. Did you ever start with a set of hardware that hadn't been used before on your site, take the distribution tapes that IBM supplied, install them, bring up the system, take your local changes, apply them to the now-installed software, then load the new software including the local mods?
Yes. Especially applications. App people have absolutely no idea about how to solve a computing problem for the general timesharing public user. Thus...
This is what reinstalling Micpoo is. IMO, the hard and fast rule is that this install should only have to be done once, and only once. The rule of using MS products is that a "new system" has to be made every 100 hours of use. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE TO EVERY USER EXCEPT SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM PCitis.