Thanks @sg1000 . I'm glad that @Waytools is getting more TREGGERS because they need them. Something new always has it's kinks; it's sort of expected; but I'm glad it is functional.
I have a few questions for Mark or TREGGERs willing to ask Mark. If he knows what he knows now, would he have honestly taken orders last January? When would he have started accepting pre-orders like in a Kickstarter, where most are looking for help in getting production funding (Looking back this was in January of 2015)? When would he have taken orders for a release ready product, which occurred on January 2015 (way too early)? I'm not necessarily saying a date, but what would he have done differently before all of those milestones with all the lessons that he has learned?
Bonus question: What was different about this product, that didn't have the same types of lessons learned?
An honest answer to these types of questions would make me more of a believer in someone, who wants to get a product out the door. Without this, I see Mark as a visionary/dreamer without a plan. Give me some confidence, that he has a plan for his vision and then I'll put some faith into the Textblade coming "soon."
I feel that design and prototyping/firefighting are getting interchanged because there are a lot of issues for a well thought out, detailed design. Design takes a lot of up front thought and sweat before an actual prototype exists. Then there is a plan to execute that design and usually there is a plan to create a prototype for the risky stuff, if possible. Then the design is implemented. I know this working as an engineer and I know this because I use to work for an engine research group, that created things that never existed on monthly, quarterly, or yearly cycles. Our electrical engineering group was quite successful, and we even transitioned the really good stuff to production. And this group helped each other, but mainly it was one engineer per concept/device with a lot of really good ideas and good design practices. By the way, this new research was planned, and when issues occur (as they do occur), the issues were evaluated and re-planned.
The Textblade looks more like trial by fire with detailed stories of cuts, bruises, and heroics (firefighting) being mistaken for design work. He can get a product out the door putting out fires but at a high cost. It is more like adding duck-tape and chicken wire; then having a well thought out design.
I can also conceded that Murphy is alive and well; but through careful thought and planning, Murphy should be expected and not catch you with your pants down.