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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Murphy's Technology Laws

  1. Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
  2. Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.
  3. Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.
  4. If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
  5. The opulence of the front office decor varies inversely with the fundamental solvency of the firm.
  6. The attention span of a computer is only as long as it electrical cord.
  7. An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
  8. Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
  9. All's well that ends.
  10. A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.
  11. The first myth of management is that it exists.
  12. A failure will not appear till a unit has passed final inspection.
  13. New systems generate new problems.
  14. To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
  15. A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.

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