Wednesday, September 08, 2004


one of our programmers came up to me yesterday and said that whatever "i" was doing with new pc's, would "i" please stop.

i managed to work out what (in my opinion) we were doing wrong: installing any software written either in house by our own programmers, or for us by incompetent contractors. as long as no one uses any of this software their computers work just fine.

this reminds me of a joke i was sent years ago:

Subject: Theoretical Question

At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the
participants were given an awkward question to answer:

"If you had just boarded an airliner and discovered that your
team of programmers had been responsible for the flight control
software, how many of you would disembark immediately?"

Among the ensuing forest of raised hands only one man sat
motionless. When asked what he would do, he replied that he
would be quite content to stay aboard. With his team's software,
he said, the plane was unlikely to even taxi as far as the
runway, let alone takeoff.

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