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Credits and acknowledgements

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The DiscFerret team would like to extend their thanks to every single one of the people who bought a DiscFerret, anyone who threw money at us without asking for a DiscFerret (or in some cases anything) in return, and everyone on the Classiccmp mailing lists who participated in the many and varied DiscFerret threads.

Without you guys, the DiscFerret would never have come to be. You guys are awesome, and I seriously value every bit of feedback, every email, and every comment on the IRC channel and the various message boards. You people are the reason the DiscFerret has gotten to be as good as it has, and why it keeps on improving. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)

The DiscFerret team would also like to thank the following people and companies for their assistance during the development of the DiscFerret.

  • The Icarus Verilog and GTKWave Projects
    Your Verilog simulator and waveform viewer are second to none, are easy to use, and continually make ModelSim look like a (very expensive) toy. Were it not for these tools, DiscFerret design verification would have taken a lot longer. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • Rob Northen
    Copylock repeatedly broke the old disc reader engine. It no longer does. Thanks for exposing the bugs in my HDL code! (-Phil)
  • Sarayan, Lord Nightmare and Balrog (in no particular order)
    For occupying, providing test data, breaking stuff and suggesting fixes. I couldn't ask for a better development team. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • Michelle Van Zandt (
    The graphic designer who created the DiscFerret logo. You did an excellent job, Michelle. Seriously. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • Bioware
    I don't know if I should thank you or curse you. Mass Effect is far more addictive than it should be...! --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • TotalPhase
    I really don't know what I'd have done without the Beagle USB480. Probably torn my hair out several times over trying to debug the Microchip USB stack. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • Microchip Technology
    I sent you a bug report for the USB stack, and within a week or so you'd sent me a workaround. The bug was fixed in the next release. I really can't argue with customer service like that (especially when other semiconductor companies were trying to get rid of me as quickly as possible)! --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)

The DiscFerret team would also like to extend rude gestures and curses to the following entities:

  • Altera
    Your FPGAs are great, are easier to find than Xilinx parts, and your synthesis software is awesome. BUT YOUR DESIGN VERIFICATION TOOLS SUCK!
    Really. SignalTap has been broken since 10.0, that's two major revisions at the time of writing. JTAG still doesn't work reliably on Linux with a USB Blaster. Your tools have wasted enough of my time that I'm seriously considering using Xilinx parts for my next design. --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)
  • The USB Implementers' Forum (USB-IF) (or as I prefer to call them, the USB Impairment Forum)
    For making it so difficult and so expensive to get a USB Vendor ID. Is it any wonder that nearly every backstreet Chinese manufacturer just picks a random VID and uses it? I mean, $2000 for a number?! I don't need 65536 PIDs, I need maybe 128 at most. Do what the IEEE do with OUIs -- sell smaller blocks for a hundred dollars or so. I don't care about being able to use your stupid logo, I just want to make USB devices which don't conflict with anyone else's. For bonus points, the non-logo license fee has doubled to $2,000 per year. Where do you guys get off? --Philpem 21:28, 7 January 2012 (GMT)