|music||:||Ben Heppner - Seul Pour Lutter (Berlioz)|
I was assigned to a new project last week in anticipation of the QuarkXPress project wrapping up. Apparently, I was assigned to this new project before the contract was signed... they were going to shuffle someone else over to QXP and me over to this one, but things happened very nicely =)
This project is kind of a strange one. I'm not allowed to say what they do or what we're doing for them. It'll be really fun to try to explain to you guys. It's hilarious though that they think it's a big fat whopping secret when everyone else is already doing it. =D
The name of their thing is one of those 5-6 letter acronyms that stands for something that Marketing would be proud of. It acronymized into a very simple word, like "bike" for example (which is obviously not the real name =). But it has a bunch of extra silent letters. Like "BBBBIKE".
The first time I saw that, I went laughing to the Project Lead's office and asked if our new client had a stuttering problem =D "B-B-B-BIKE" He and I good laugh about that =D =D =D
Gag clauses aren't the weirdest thing we've had to put up with though. There was one contract where we had to write a component to interface with the client's super top secret application. It was so top secret that we couldn't even see it... AND WE WERE SUPPOSED TO INTERFACE WITH IT. Amazingly enough, it worked really well the first time they tried running their application with our stuff built in. =O =) Score!
Another funny project is we currently have a contract with one particular client to sell them exactly the same component that we did for them before. Granted it's for a different platform, but it's the same technology, integrating with the same application of theirs. And they know this. They are completely in the know about this. The reason was either that they just can't get through the red tape to do it internally or it wound up being more cost efficient to pay us to do it again. Let's see how many times we can sell the same component to the same client. =D =D That wasn't just a giggler, that was a full-on BWAHAHA.