August 27th, 2012, 16:04 Posted By: wraggster
Hiya and sorry again for the long overdue newspost.
As you probably know, I came back from the GamesCom last Sunday and haven't had a day off since sometimes before the GamesCom... and it seems I catched a light flu, so I'm a bit exhausted.
Nevertheless, things are moving and that's why I'm posting here
1. 1GHz units
I should've gotten the remaining 1GHz units this week - however, some bad incidence happened.
One of the machine operators working at Global Components had to go to the hospital Tuesday evening, as he was spitting blood... seems like some stomach bleedings.
The hospital is currently analyzing what it caused. Thank god it doesn't seem to be something major, as he's home already to relax a bit (they didn't keep him at the hospital).
As it's holiday season, the other two are on holidays right now... one of them far away. The other one helped out for a few hours, but most of the time, the machine stood still.
It looks like they're going full steam ahead again from Monday on, so we should hopefully see these units next week and be able to sell them from stock soon after.
All the best wishes to the Operator. GC has a really awesome team and I personally hope it's nothing serious.
They'll be coming for sure, as all issues have been resolved and they can now produce the 1GHz Pandoras without any issues.
2. Classic Units
Askarus has been here for the full week and has been testing classic (CC) PCBs, sorting them out.
We're getting preassembled (silver) cases next week from GC and will then put the Pandoras in our shop.
A lot of them can be fixed and will be fully working, though some have minor issues like non-working WiFi or USB.
We'll probably sell the fully working ones (in brand new cases) for about 250 - 300 EUR, the ones with smaller issues for an even lower price (price will depend on what's broken).
I'll also put the Shirts online soon.
So I'll have different units to offer next week with different price ranges. Should be a good thing for everyone
Askarus will also be here next week and work on the repairs I got here, so if you are waiting for your Pandora to be repaired, it should happen next week as well.
Thanks a lot to Askarus for the help
4. TV Out Cables
Link was nice enough to send me his cable and I gave it to GC.
They are now checking how much it would cost to produce this. They'll probably solder them manually (which is a fast thing with the TinyBob), as any other company has a minimum order quantity of at least 5000 - and they all have a leadtime of 14 weeks... soldering them manually here at GC will be faster and we won't have to take huge quantities.
As you can see, a lot of things are happening - the only downside right now is the slight delay with the 1GHz units, but it's no technical issue but a health issue. And health certainly is more important than a few days lost in PCB production.
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