Inspired by the migration from VISI to COMCAST
By Lily Ng, Becketwood Member
Once upon a time, when I was a lowly graduate student, I happened to come across a poster in the university bookstore titled “Murphy’s Laws on Technology”. I have since looked everywhere for another copy since mine now is getting frayed at the edges. But I failed.
This past week, while I was watching the COMCAST technicians installing a modem in the room where Mr. Murphy’s collection of axioms on technology was posted, I smiled, because Mr. Murphy was so right. I hope the quotes below from the poster will also bring a smile to your face whether you are technologically savvy or not. Enjoy.
By the way, I will really pay high price for a better-than-mine edition of the poster, or, a finder fee if anyone can direct me to one.
Murphy’s Laws on Technology (selected)
“New Systems generate new problems.”
“A failure will not appear till a unit has passed final inspection.”
“The attention span of a computer is only as long as its electrical cord.”
“If you can’t understand it, it is intuitively obvious.”
“If it’s not in the computer, it doesn’t exist.”
“The only perfect science is hindsight.”
“Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.”
“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.”
“If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.”
“When all else fails, read the instructions.”
“Any simple theory will be worded in the most complicated way.”
“Any given program, when running, is obsolete.”
“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.”