05/17/2013, 06:10 AM
Though this is a valid statement, it usually hinges on limitations of the hardware and/or provided APIs. In this case, I don't see either.
Originally Posted by rwhitby
Throughout my career I've seen and have done the seemingly "impossible" many times.
I was given the task to create a product that would automatically do things (sync, test, etc.) when files in identified workspaces changed in an SCM repository. So I did an implementation that was efficient and flexible. Just as I was done qualifying it for deployment, our CEO got an email from the SCM vendor telling him that such a application was impossible. Imagine if the letter came sooner.
Then there was the time I worked on the first all-digital cinema hardware, which would cost $500k. I was asked if this could be done on a circa 1990 PC. It required 250Mbps streaming from the disk array. The $15K digital-cinema (sans projector) was born.
I was working on a bug in my camera control software in a manned plane for the military slated for deployment. The short story was that I was nearing the end of a day's and hadn't made any progress so I told them I'd need another day. They said, "No problem, but you'll have to do it on route to Bosnia". Guess what ? I nailed it in the next 15 minutes!
Rod... I could also use your own work as a example. I'm sure many of us believe what you accomplish is magic.
I could go on, but the lesson is... Seemingly impossible things happen all the time especially if they don't know it's impossible.