Regular readers of this site will have been noticing my relative absence over the last few months. That was because we have been finishing off a project at work.
Well this morning the final release of the code (revision 6085) got stamped on to the first hardware off the production line. This afternoon they will be winging out of Auckland airport to destinations around the world and starting to earn income for both our company and for the country. Thousands more will follow over time.
More importantly this is the result not of the extraction of resources and mining of the soils. It is purely the result of pure intelligence and the teamwork of a diverse group of engineers, programmers, artists, prototypers, production, marketing, investors, and the crazy bugger with a vision.
Anyway, I have that extremely rare thing in my life. I got told to head home and have some time off. An unscheduled day where I’m not just catching up on sleep. So I have been in to get the jeans in the back seat of my car chopped to the right size. They have been floating in the car for the last three weeks. Got the overdue registration for the car done.
Now I’m thinking about the overdue maintenance work on this site and taking a few weeks “holiday” to do them. And yes fixing the damn re-edit is top of the list, closely followed by the wsiwyg comments editor, and re-enabling registration.
But to give you an idea of the project scale even on a small device like we have been building, I calculated the lines of code. It just records my side of the coding (and no I didn’t do all of it). The electronics detail, the hardware and design for the casing, and just the prep for the production all take just as much work. As does all of that finicky graphics work. There are a lot of people involved in such project. Some like me a permanents. Others are specialist contractors.
TOTAL PROJECTS: 24
TOTAL NUMBER OF FILES: 1342
TOTAL LINES OF CODE: 244712
And the time taken. I had some weeks off over the three xmas/new year periods, and I did stop for a week when I had a heart attack in 2011 before the wellwishers that Lyn and my sister were encouraging to visit me forced me back to work. But there is quite a lot of “holiday” time.
Duration calculation results
From and including: Monday, 31 May 2010
To and including: Thursday, 28 February 2013
It is 1005 days from the start date to the end date, end date included
Or 2 years, 9 months, 1 day including the end date
Alternative time units
1005 days can be converted to one of these units:
- 86,832,000 seconds
- 1,447,200 minutes
- 24,120 hours
- 143 weeks (rounded down)
Anyway, while we ramp up for the next product, you can expect to see maintenance work and more writeing commenting, and being *moderate* coming from me.
In the meantime, I think I might write a post for this shiny new login for The Daily Blog (which opens tomorrow) before I get dropped on to a airborne cattle truck in the morning to go to a wedding in Christchurch. Last wedding I went to was in 1987. That was a bit of a disaster after a few decades…