Murphy's Law : Techonology
- You can never tell which way the train went by looking at
- Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong
conclusion with confidence.
- Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn
fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond
- Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do
- If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote
programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
- The opulence of the front office decor varies inversely
with the fundamental solvency of the firm.
- The attention span of a computer is only as long as it
- An expert is one who knows more and more about less and
less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
- Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and
he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be
- All great discoveries are made by mistake.
- Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.
- Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
- All's well that ends.
- A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and
the hours are lost.
- The first myth of management is that it exists.
- A failure will not appear till a unit has passed final
- New systems generate new problems.
- To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a
- We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.
- Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable
- A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men
working 20 years make.
- Nothing motivates a man more than to see his boss putting
in an honest day's work.
- Some people manage by the book, even though they don't
know who wrote the book or even what book.
- The primary function of the design engineer is to make
things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.
- To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will
take the longest and cost the most.
- After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said
- Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is
obsolete, two parts which are unobtainable and three parts which are still under
- A complex system that works is invariably found to have
evolved from a simple system that works.
- If mathematically you end up with the incorrect answer,
try multiplying by the page number.
- Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more
unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.
- Give all orders verbally. Never write anything down that
might go into a "Pearl Harbor File."
- Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of
pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables the organism will do as it
damn well pleases.
- If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.
- The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the
odds that the competition already has the order.
- In designing any type of construction, no overall
dimension can be totalled correctly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The correct total will
become self-evident at 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
- Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it
- All things are possible except skiing through a revolving
- The only perfect science is hind-sight.
- Work smarder and not harder and be careful of yor speling.
- If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.
- If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
- When all else fails, read the instructions.
- If there is a possibility of several things going wrong
the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
- Everything that goes up must come down.
- Any instrument when dropped will roll into the least
- Any simple theory will be worded in the most complicated
- Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool
will want to use it.
- If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it probably needed to
be replaced anyway.
- The degree of technical competence is inversely
proportional to the level of management.