Tales from making the iRiver Clix
Thursday night, our team hosted a small get together with iRiver as a thanks for the hard work between the teams on the Clix. The highlight of the party was recalling one iRiver employee’s first trip to Dixies BBQ in February where he ate an entire fork full of “The Man” after being egged on by our group and owner Gene Porter. We told him it was insanely hot BBQ sauce. We tried to warn him (imagine three guys in slow motion saying “nooooooooooo” as he gulps the forkful).
Classic quotes include:
- “No, seriously, when is the burning going to stop?”
- “I can’t phfleel my libps”
- “Come on, seriously, when does it stop?”
- “Can I get some milk?” (upon returning to MSFT, shotgunning two open pints of milk walking down the hall)
We were crying we were laughing so hard. Two iRiver engineers from Korea were with us and fighting hard not to laugh, then they just gave up. Turns out the poor guy barely puts ketchup on his food.
In the end, it was a great party and a good time had by all end-capping over six months of hard work. Ironically, this is the same day that PC World named the Clix one of their Top 100 Products of the Year (Why in June? Their year is a 12 month span; they used to announce these awards at PC Expo which no longer exists). The criteria is highly subjective but hey, it ranked #90, with the Xbox 360 being #89 – not bad company. Reportedly sales of the Clix have been brisk – a best-seller on their site at www.iriveramerica.com and at least one online retailer sold out of their initial allotment very quickly. All good to hear. At least two more major retailers are in the process of receiving inventory so that you’ll be able to go out and try one in person soon. 😉