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hal9000
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Icon 12 posted December 13, 2007 20:29      Profile for hal9000   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.
3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.
4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
6. To err is human . . . to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, it is downright natural.
7. He who laughs last probably made a back-up.
8. If at first you do not succeed, blame your computer.
9. A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
10. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
11. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want to do.

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Huicho
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12. When in doubt, reboot the server.
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I work for a government contractor so I have empirical proof that Law IX is true.
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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 12:27      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Awesome - have to love Murphy

One of the few people you can hear in a science class without cringing in fear at what is about to come at you.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 12:30      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by hal9000:
9. A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

There are 2 kinds of "bug-free" systems...

1. A system that is so simple, there are obviously no bugs.

2. A system that is so complex, there are no obvious bugs.

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Murphy was an optimist.
-unknown

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13. Never throw out packaging materials. If you do, the system/part will stop working as soon as the garbage is picked up.

(This one has bitten me twice in the last two weeks)

14. (The Schrödinger's data corollary) Any data that does not exist in two places, does not really exist and may cease to be accessible at any moment.

(Did I mention that I HATE hard drives? )
//anxiously awaiting affordable, solid state storage.

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Zwilnik

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quote:
Originally posted by hal9000:

7. He who laughs last probably made a back-up.

7b. He who laughs last then suddenly stops probably found out all his backups were corrupt.

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The most important of which is the element of surprise.

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