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One of our products uses a SmartCard and our supplier recently increased their price by ... a lot. We found another supplier, but our product couldn't read the new cards. This has been on my plate for months. I'd look at it occasionally and not get anywhere. The code was originally written by someone else (now retired) and was full of magic, undocumented numbers.

My boss and I discussed it late last week, and I told him I thought I'd have to do a rewrite to clean up the mess. Probably a couple weeks worth of work, plus another week for my testing, plus another couple of weeks of regression testing. Not a small task.

I finally wrote a small test program to read and dump out the cards just so I could learn what was actually going on. Yesterday afternoon I discovered the problem.

A single byte in one command, two Elephant | [mastadon] ing characters in the source code, were wrong for the new card. Interestingly, the changed code works correctly with the old cards as well as the new ones.

The word sheepish comes to mind Blush | :O .
Software Zen: delete this;

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