Murphy’s Technology Laws
Law #1:You can never tell which way the train went by looking at the track.
Law #2:Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
Law #3:Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.
Law #4:If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came alongwould destroy civilization.
Law #5:An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he/she knows absolutely everything about nothing.
Law #6: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 sure.
Law #7:All great discoveries are made by mistake.
Law #8:Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
Law #9:All’s well that ends . . . period.
Law #10:A meeting is an event at which minutes are kept and hours are lost.
Law #11:The first myth of management is that it exists.
Law #12:A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.
Law #13:New systems generate new problems.
Law #14:To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
Law #15:We don’t know one-millionth of one percent about anything.
Law #16:Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
Law #17:A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.