ProDiag in ec

Brett Dikeman brett at
Thu May 13 23:30:14 EDT 2004

At 5:02 PM -0600 5/13/04, Brandon Rogers wrote:
>Just a heads up- Long-time Audifans contributor Steve Eiche's 
>company Shadetree Software and their product ProDiag, is written up 
>in the most recent issue of european car magazine.  Very cool. 
>ProDiag is a Palm based diagnostic tool.

Yup, noticed that this month flipping through a copy at the 
bookstore.  I know a number of listers have used their stuff and I 
haven't heard a bad word 'bout 'em.

This talk of EC reminds me of a conversation I once had(several years 
ago, so this is probably not completely accurate, and EC could very 
well have changed their policy- I have no idea) with someone who also 
had a product featured there, and shall remain nameless.  He said 
that he got a call from EC one day saying they wanted to pick his 
product for the "editor's gadget choice", but he had to:

a)let them keep the product afterwards
b)take out an advertisement- I don't remember how long, but it was at 
least several months
c)buy several thousand reprints of the "review" at a ludicrous price 
per copy which was not disclosed to him until after he had agreed 
("Boy, did I learn my lesson.")

If he didn't say yes, they'd pick something else.  He said he felt 
like he got railroaded, and that by the time they were done with him, 
he wasn't sure if he made a profit off the whole thing or not.  I 
hope Steve does better!

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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