Friday, September 04, 2015

Passing along wisdom...

This was posted at work today:
  1. First Law: The correct order is: debug, then ship.
  2. Second Law: If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
  3. Third Law: If you fiddle with something long enough, it will break.
  4. Fourth Law: It works better if you plug it in.
  5. Fifth Law: If it's wedged, power-cycle it.
  6. Sixth Law: A working example is worth a thousand manual pages.
  7. Seventh Law: Failures occur where two parts join.
  8. Eighth Law: Demos cause failures.
  9. Ninth Law: Systems grow more complex with time.
  10. Tenth Law: If it's too complex, rebuild it.
  11. Eleventh Law: Small parts vanish when dropped.
  12. Twelfth Law: Don't build from components what you can buy pre-packaged for less.
  13. Thirteenth Law: Given sufficient load, all materials deform.
  14. Fourteenth Law: Given sufficient heat and oxygen, all materials will burn.
  15. Fifteenth Law: Everything interacts with everything else.
  16. Sixteenth Law: Everything goes somewhere.
  17. Seventeenth Law: There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  18. Eighteenth Law: Nothing is impossible to the person who doesn't have to do it.
  19. Nineteenth Law: Better is the enemy of good.
  20. Twentieth Law: One test is worth a thousand expert opinions.
  21. Another: If you didn't fix it, you didn't fix it
  22. Final catch-all for legal conflict: Deny everything, admit nothing, demand proof, and reject the proof.

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