We just returned from a Parent / Teacher conference where we discussed the progress of our child, PDQ Agent.
We were, admittedly, a little sad to hear his teacher say “He is not like the other children”. We understand his attendance record is sub-par. We understand that he is often a distraction to the other kids in the class and that he has a tendency to fart during story time. For these (and other) reasons we, his parents, have decided that he needs to be held back a grade.
Yep, he’s going to have to retake 1st grade (Grade One to our Canadian friends). Sure, he will get poked fun at by the older kids that move on to 2nd grade and, perhaps, looked at oddly by the younger kids who will wonder why he is now in their grade but, as his parents, we are doing what we think is best for the little guy in the long run.
What does this mean? Quite simply we are at a point where we think it best to reclassify our young little agent as “still in beta”.
In all seriousness, we had anticipated that the agent would be popular but the adoption rate was higher than we anticipated as was the subsequent stress that was placed on our infrastructure. This new stress caused PDQ Inventory and PDQ Deploy to operate below our standards.
So, while we vigorously examine our options we are going to put the PDQ Agent back into beta status. You will still be able to use the agent but we only recommend using it for testing purposes (as with any beta). There will almost certainly be some big improvements to not only our agent but the underlying architecture.
This does not mean that PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory are in beta JUST the agent.
To help him get back on track we are limiting him to three hours of Xbox per week and his TV time will only include reruns of Benny Hill. Oh, and he has to clean Colby’s keyboards. All of them.
If you see him on the playground please be aware that he is embarrassed about being held back but go ahead and poke a little fun. It’s good for his character.