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Law #16:Any given program, when running, is obsolete.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.

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