Computer Proverbs

Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Mon Jan 15 10:45:59 UTC 2001

Never let a computer know you're in a hurry.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by
stupidity. (Hanlon's Razor)

I can write the program quickly, cheaply, or well. Pick two.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are bad actors.

Every bug you find is the last one.

There's always one more bug.

That's not a bug, that's a feature.

The number of bugs in a program is directly proportional to the number and
importance of the people present at the first public demo.

The amount of data expands to fill the storage space available. (Parkinson's
Law of Data)

Read the fucking manual.

In cyberspace no one can hear you scream.

No matter how fast your computer runs, you will eventually come to think of
it as slow.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.

Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.


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