Sayings, Quotes and Comments

Here a lot of quotes and sayings that I came across can be found. Also, some creations done by me are listed, and to some quotes I added some thoughts that go beyond.

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Würzburg, 2017 Böhm, A. sales-tuned head set with javascript support optimized for promises
Würzburg, 2017 unknown Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Würzburg, 2017 Dr Leonard McCoy "I'm a doctor, not a mechanic."
Würzburg, 2017 No. 7 of The Eight I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts of the Pastafari "Iíd Really Rather You Didnít Go Around Telling People I Talk To You. Youíre Not That Interesting. Get Over Yourself."
Würzburg, 2017 Reiser, M. cited by Wirth, N., 1995 "Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster."
Würzburg, 2017 Cyril Northcote Parkinson cited by Wirth, N., 1995 "Software expands to fill the available memory."
Würzburg, 2017 Edward Bernays "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits andopinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute aninvisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."
Würzburg, 2017 Margaret Thatcher "The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money"
Würzburg, 2017 Martin Fowler, 2008 Any fool can write code that a computer can understand.
Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
Würzburg, 2017 Funk, K., Karrierekiller Tattoo?, computerwoche vom 01.01.2017 "Think before you ink."
Würzburg, 2016 William G. McAdoo "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument."
Würzburg, 2016 Diane Francis, Hudson Institute Kleptocracy Initiative, Canada, Dec 13, 2016, LinkedIn "When you run a welfare state, you cannot afford to open the floodgates."
Würzburg, 2016 Wirth, N. Wirthís Law
"Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster."
Würzburg, 2016 Wirth, N. Wirthís Law
"Software expands to fill the available memory."
Würzburg, 2016 Hoare, C.A.R. "I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult."
Würzburg, 2016 Tesla, N. "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
Würzburg, 2016 Hopper, G. B. M. "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for."
Würzburg, 2016 Hopper, G. B. M. "If in doubt - do it."
Würzburg, 2016 Hopper, G. B. M. "The most dangerous phrase in the language is, 'Weíve always done it this way.'"
Würzburg, 2016 Hopper, G. B. M. "Itís always easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."
Würzburg, 2016 Hopper, G. B. M. "Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems."
Würzburg, 2016 Jack Welch "fix it, sell it or close it"
Würzburg, 2016 William A. Foster Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
Würzburg, 2016 Saying A gentleman will walk but never run....
Würzburg, 2016 MartŪnez, A. G., interview by Grassegger, H, golem.de, 09/14/2016, 10:54 Make an impact! Go fast and break things! Done is better than perfect. Get in over your Head.
Würzburg, 2016 Mark Douglas "Policy is policing."
Würzburg, 2016 10 things you didnít know about Europeís tech scene, Mohout, O., venturebeat.com, September 4, 2016 The first thing to understand about the European tech scene is that there is no European tech scene.
Würzburg, 2016 mail footer sent from a prehistoric stone tablet.
Würzburg, 2016 Kuok, R. When I hire people, I look for great attitude. I don't look for MBA or PhD.
Würzburg, 2016 saying start with "why?"
Würzburg, 2016 saying danger - expectations ahead
Würzburg, 2016 saying Letís make better mistakes tomorrow.
Würzburg, 2016 saying You must spend money to make money.
Würzburg, 2016 found somewhere Grind: get ready itís a new day
Würzburg, 2016 found somewhere Fact of life: after Monday and Tuesday even the calendars say: W T F
Würzburg, 2016 found somewhere Some of you are only conscious online
Würzburg, 2016 Parkinson's Law "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
Würzburg, 2016 Parkinson's Law "The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved."
Würzburg, 2016 unknown On a clear disk you can seek forever.
Würzburg, 2016 Lt. Worf, TNG "Rightful Heir" "Questions are the Beginning of Wisdom."
Würzburg, 2016 William H. McRaven "repetition, surprise, security, speed, simplicity, and purpose"
key principles of vize admiral William H. McRaven
Würzburg, 2015 Murrow. E. R. "There are, it is true, occasional informative programs presented in that intellectual ghetto on Sunday afternoons. But during the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live."
Würzburg, 2015 unknown Some things have to be seen to be believed.
Most things have to be believed to be seen.
Würzburg, 2015 Kinks, 1966 "People take pictures of each other, ...just to prove that they really existed"
Würzburg, 2015 Footer in posting at Gun Digest Store (e-gundigest.com) Don't Forget: After self-defense you need legal defense.
Würzburg, 2015 Fido-Net, Mailfooter To err is Human. To blame someone else is politics.
Würzburg, 2015 Arthur T. Harris "The only thing the Arab understands is the heavy hand"
Arthur Travers Harris cited by James S. Corum, Wray R. Johnson: Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists (Modern War Studies), p. 65, University Press of Kansas, 2003
Würzburg, 2015 Bockshorn Vorschau November, 09+10/2015 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Würzburg, 2015 Sir Arthur C. Clarke in Credo, 1991 The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Würzburg, 2015 The Big Bang Theorie, season 3, episode 23 Sheldon: Interesting. My mother and I have the same agreement about church.
Amy: I don't object to the concept of a deity, but I'm baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance.
Würzburg, 2015 Derek Bok "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
Würzburg, 2015 John Perry cited by: Doherty, B., The Thomas Jefferson of cyberspace reinvents his body Ė and his politics, Reason, August/September 2004 "We all get older and smarter."
Würzburg, 2015 Kantor, B. "A medium apple... weighs 182 grams, yields 95 kcal, and contains no caffeine, thus making it unsuitable for sysadmins."
Würzburg, 2015 Spolsky, J. "For some reason most people seem to be born without the part of the brain that understands pointers."
Würzburg, 2015 Spolsky, J. "Remember, smart does not mean 'knows the answer[s] to trivia questions.'"
Würzburg, 2015 Spolsky, J. "People who are Smart but donít Get Things Done often have PhDs and work in big companies where nobody listens to them because they are completely impractical. [...] These kind of people can be identified because they love to point out the theoretical similarity between two widely divergent concepts."
Würzburg, 2014 wattie in F64 "I wanted to make this world better, but god denied to give me the sources..."
Würzburg, 2014 unknown If a group of N persons implements a COBOL compiler, there will be N-1 passes. Someone in the group has to be the manager.
Würzburg, 2014 unknown COBOL programmers understand why women hate periods.
Würzburg, 2014 unknown Cobol: Completely Obsolete Business Orientated Language.
Würzburg, 2014 From the W3 XML page Q: When do I need xml ?
A: When I need a new buzz word for my resume.
Würzburg, 2014 phluid "I won't program in java anymore. I'm not Marxist and don't believe in classes."
Würzburg, 2014 unknown (Alanna?) "Saying that Java is nice because it works on all OSs is like saying that anal sex is nice because it works on all genders."
Würzburg, 2014 Ribbens, J. PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
Würzburg, 2014 Dalai Lama, Seattle Times, May 15, 2001 If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
Würzburg, 2014 H. L. Mencken For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
Würzburg, 2014 unknown Mess with with the best or die with the rest
Würzburg, 2014 unknown BER: Beyond Economical Repair
Würzburg, 2014 George S. Patton cited by Schmitz, H., Raus aus der Demotivationsfalle, Gabler-Verlag, Wiesbaden 2005 "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
Würzburg, 2014 George S. Patton "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."
Würzburg, 2014 John Wayne "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. Itís perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes weíve learned something from yesterday."
Würzburg, 2014 unknown If you want to find a path with no obstacles, it probably won't lead you anywhere.
Würzburg, 2014 unknown the number you have dialed has never been available.
Seeshaupt, 2014 unknown Java: write once, debug anywhere
Würzburg, 2014 unknown "Success Trains. Failure Complains."
Würzburg, 2014 Lennon, J. "Life is what happens to you, while youíre busy making other plans"
Würzburg, 2014 Fido, 30.08.2014 Bugs come in through open Windows.
Würzburg, 2014 Ruskin, J. "Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort."
Würzburg, 2014 Robert Baden-Powell "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it"
Würzburg, 2014 Zac Gery, Programmer Happiness: It's the Little Things John Wooden stated, "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
Würzburg, 2014 Zac Gery, Programmer Happiness: It's the Little Things Oscar Levant once said, "Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember."
Würzburg, 2013 Ernst Stuhlinger "The way to belief is short and easy, the way to knowledge is long and hard."
Würzburg, 2013 Tom Hanks, cited by Associated Press: Hoaxers vs. Rocket Scientists: Even NASA unsure how to counter claims of faked moon landings, 21. Dezember 2002 "We live in a society where there is no law in making money in the promulgation of ignorance or, in some cases, stupidity ..."
Würzburg, 2013 Niels Bohr "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
Würzburg, 2013 Mark Twain "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."
Würzburg, 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt "Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play."
Würzburg, 2013 Albert Einstein "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
Würzburg, 2013 Helen Keller "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."
Würzburg, 2013 Kathy Jackson "Why do you carry a gun?"
"I carry a gun because I can't carry a policeman."
Würzburg, 2013 Schwarzenegger, 1990 "95% of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave"
Würzburg, 2013 Miller's Law "You can't tell how deep a puddle is until you step in it."
Würzburg, 2013 Damian Conway "Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live."
Würzburg, 2013 Peter M. Senge "Cause and effect are not closely related in time and space."
Würzburg, 2013 Hofmann, P., City of Munich, cited by Nick Heath, How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the city, techrepublic.com, 20.11.2013 "Windows has developed from a pure PC-centred operating system, like Windows 3.11 was, to a whole infrastructure. If you're staying with Microsoft you're getting more and more overwhelmed to update and change your whole IT infrastructure [to fit with Microsoft]"
Würzburg, 2013 Williams, E. cited by Tate, R., Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online, WIRED.com, 30.09.2013 "The internet is 'a giant machine designed to give people what they want.'"
Würzburg, 2013 Williams, E. cited by Tate, R., Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online, WIRED.com, 30.09.2013 "We often think of the internet enables you to do new things," Williams said. "But people just want to do the same things theyíve always done."
Würzburg, 2013 Williams, E. cited by Tate, R., Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online, WIRED.com, 30.09.2013 "The internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience. Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease."
Würzburg, 2013 Williams, E. cited by Tate, R., Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online, WIRED.com, 30.09.2013 "If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think."
Würzburg, 2013 Tate, R., Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online, WIRED.com, 30.09.2013 "In other words, people donít want to wait, and they donít want to think ó and the internet should respond to that."
Würzburg, 2013 Found somewhere Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works, but you don't know why.
Programmers combine theory and practice: Nothing works and they don't know why.
Würzburg, 2013 Albert Einstein "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Würzburg, 2013 Dr. Seuss "Adults are obsolete children."
Würzburg, 2013 Shana Alexander "The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous."
Würzburg, 2013 Albert Einstein "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Würzburg, 2013 Maya Angelou "Nothing will work unless you do."
Würzburg, 2013 pixadel "Fine, Java MIGHT be a good example of what a programming language should be like. But Java applications are good examples of what applications SHOULDN'T be like."
Würzburg, 2013 Thomas A. Edison "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Würzburg, 2013 Mailfooter No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
Würzburg, 2013 Mailfooter "Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."
Aldous Huxley
Würzburg, 2013 Mailfooter "The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Albert Einstein
Würzburg, 2013 Mailfooter "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot."
Michael Altshuler
Würzburg, 2012 Mailfooter One OS to rule them all
One OS to find them
One OS to bring them all
And in the Darkness bind them.
Würzburg, 2012 african lore, cited by von Hirschhausen, E., Wohin geht die Liebe, wenn sie durch den Magen durch ist?, rororo, 2012, appendix p. 5 "It takes a whole village to raise a child."
Würzburg, 2012 von Hirschhausen, E., Wohin geht die Liebe, wenn sie durch den Magen durch ist?, rororo, 2012, P. 298 "If it isn't broken, don't fix it!"
Würzburg, 2012 unknown "I don't need light, I'm enlighted."
Würzburg, 2012 Published Studies Questioning and challanging of scientific results:
  1. What's the sample size?
  2. What's the sample size?
  3. How was the sample composed?
  4. Who financed the study?
  5. Is the study published?
  6. Where is the study published?
  7. Who reviewed the study?
  8. Could the results be reproduced by at least one other team of scientists?
  9. What did the author of the study want to achieve (for his own)?
  10. Whom did the results have to please?
Würzburg, 2012 Carlos Hathcock, cited by C. W. Henderson, Marine Sniper, Berkley Caliber, 2005, p. 10 "They just flop around a lot when you shoot 'em in the head."
Würzburg, 2012 Ken Schwaber, 04.07.2012, scrumDay, St. Leon-Rot One key point of lean is bottom-up intelligence.
Würzburg, 2012 Ken Schwaber, 04.07.2012, scrumDay, St. Leon-Rot You cannot measure a creative process but by the results.
Würzburg, 2012 unknown When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
This fact implicates:
As long as your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Würzburg, 2012 Schwaber, K., Beedle, M., Agile Software Development with Scrum, Pearson Studium, International Edition, 2008, p. 31 "Learn first, then make changes."
Würzburg, 2012 Lore The easy way out usually leads back in.
Würzburg, 2011 Rule #62 from: "100 Rules for NASA Project Managers" Not using modern techniques, like computer systems, is a great mistake, but forgetting that the computer simulates thinking is a still greater mistake.
Würzburg, 2011 While Reading the book "Persönlichkeiten statt Tyrannen", M Winterhoff, I. Thielen "Banana-Children: The children mature at the employer's site."
Würzburg, 2011 Anonymous A clean bench is a sign of a weak mind.
Würzburg, 2011 Definition of a SISO by A. M. Böhm SISO: shit in - shit out
Würzburg, 2011 Mailfooter in the Fido Net File not found, loading something similar...
Würzburg, 2011 Dean Rusk as cited by G. Kemp, Arms Sales and Arms Control in the Developing Countries, The World Today, 22 (9), 1966, p. 386-395 "I recall that at the United Nations General Assembly, at a time when all members were voting unanimously for disarmament, 70 members were at that moment asking us [the United States] for military assistance."
Würzburg, 2011 Thoughts about the principles and philosophy of the Web 2.0 The customer has to do all the work. But what about the customer focus and the customer service mindset?
Würzburg, 2011 Truth "The cool and hard guys can be visited at the cemetery."
Würzburg, 2011 Thoughts about the quality of state-of-the-art software "Click and cry..."
Würzburg, 2011 Java Jokes 1/2011 a) Integer iHnzlGrmpfl = Integer.valueOf(14);
b) Integer iHnzlGrmpfl = new Integer(126);
c) Boolean blnHnzlGrmpfl = Boolean.valueOf(false);
d) Boolean blnHnzlGrmpfl = new Boolean(true);
Würzburg, 2010 Software refactoring done by tinkers "When the If becomes a While..."
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter "Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability."
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Würzburg, 2010 Discussion about NAS, SSD and other storage techniques "TAS: tube attached storage, also called restroom."
Würzburg, 2010 B. Rhubart, Something old, something new, bridging the generation gap - in enterprise architecture, Oracle Magazine, 24(5), 2010, p. 34 [...] if you think, getting from as-is to to-be is a simple matter of swapping out old technologies, think again.
Würzburg, 2010 B. Rhubart, Something old, something new, bridging the generation gap - in enterprise architecture, Oracle Magazine, 24(5), 2010, p. 34 "Usually, in 10 years of experience, people have been sucked into enough hype cycles that they get a little jaded. They are no longer going to believe that Technology X is going to save the world."
J. Davies, cited by B. Rhubart,
Würzburg, 2010 B. Rhubart, Something old, something new, bridging the generation gap - in enterprise architecture, Oracle Magazine, 24(5), 2010, p. 34 "You need to have a healthy skepticism of the technologies your're looking at, but you need to be open to new ideas. "
J. Davies, cited by B. Rhubart,
Würzburg, 2010 Col. Robert Lindsey, cited by M. Ayoob, about the relationship between course instructor and the students "We are not God's thift to our students. Our students are God's thift to us."
Würzburg, 2010 Jeff Cooper, cited by M. Ayoob, about the quality of free-lancing course instructor "There are a great many people teaching things they haven't learned yet."
Würzburg, 2010 A. Schwarzenegger in an interview with U.S. News, 1990 "My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter First-rate programmers want to hang around with first-rate programmers.
Second-rate programmers want to hang around with third-rate programmers.
Würzburg, 2010 Thomas Jefferson "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Würzburg, 2010 Unknown When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?
(Clifford Stoll)
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter "Better train people and risk they leave, than do nothing and risk they stay." (Anonymous)
Würzburg, 2010 Why normal objects are now called "pojo" by the Java-Kiddies... "We [M. Fowler, R. Parsons, J. MacKenzie] wondered why people were so against using regular objects in their systems and concluded that it was because simple objects lacked a fancy name. So we gave them one, and it's caught on very nicely."

Hint:
Let you explain the term "Pojo" by a Java-Kiddy or a Java-Addict. The result is more revieling than the just cited explanation of the need for the "fancy name".
Würzburg, 2010 Mailfooter With proper design, the features come cheaply. This approach is arduous, but continues to succeed.
Dennis Ritchie
Würzburg, 2010 Edsger Dijkstra "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."
Würzburg, 2010 Bertrand Russell, Why I am Not a Christian, 1929 "Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear."
Würzburg, 2009 San Jose Mercury News Ad., 2000 Your phone is wireless
Your office is virtual
Your social life is non-existing
Würzburg, 2009 Fidonet File sharing is not theft. It has never been theft. Anyone who says it is theft is wrong and has unthinkingly absorbed too many Recording Industry Association of America press releases.
Adam Livingstone, BBC Newsnight
Würzburg, 2009 Fidonet In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Würzburg, 2009 Fidonet I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby
Würzburg, 2009 Fidonet A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers.
Lao Tzu
Würzburg, 2009 Fidonet Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)
Würzburg, 2009 Ego-Bingo, eine variant of the well-known "Bullshit-Bingo" for teams and team-oriented working environments Before starting the game, before the meeting, briefing or conference, each player chooses a number greater than five and attends the event. The words "I", "Mine" and there singular derivates are counted. Only the words said by the attending exutive staff in person are counted, that are used in conjunction with "to need", "to require", "to want", "to feel", "to have to" "must" and "may" and their synonyms, respectivly. The one, who reaches his chosen number shouts "Bingo". The last shouter during the meeting wins.
This can be used to quantify the teaming-focus, when the mean of the winning numbers is build over a longer time. The larger that number is, the lesser the organisation is really team-oriented, but the more egocentric the executive staff is.
Würzburg, 2009 Husband of Janis Kracht, cited by herself, in: FidoGazette, June 2009 "Leave the smallest electronic footprints you can."
Würzburg, 2008 Fidonet WWW = "World Wide Waiting"
Würzburg, 2008 a US advertising film from the 1950s "Challenge makes an engineer."
Würzburg, 2008 Helmut L. Clemm "Hitech is Lowtech plus Software."
Würzburg, 2008 Bill Gates, cited by Helmut L. Clemm "Banking is necessary, banks are not. Banking is software."
Würzburg, 2006 Swearingen, E. "The way to get to the top is to get off your bottom."
Würzburg, 2006 Shaw, G. B. "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Würzburg, 2006 G.M. Trevelyan Education [...] has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
Würzburg, 2005 Fido-Net Zimmerman's Law of Complaints: "Nobody notices when things go right."
Hamburg, 2005 Israely saying Don't be right, be clever.
Würzburg, 2005 unknown It's not important what you are capable of, but it counts how you name it.
Würzburg, 2004 Bertrand Russell "Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so."
Würzburg, 2004 Bertrand Russell There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Würzburg, 2004 RVZ, a saying seen in the lab Fast methods, fast results, fast richtig.
Würzburg, 2004 FGC Please wait while system is crashing.
Würzburg, 2004 Anonymous I have to disagree with the notion that we learn something new every day.
I think I've had several days in a row where I haven't learned anything and even forgotten some things.
Würzburg, 2004 Tour often immitated, never duplicated
Würzburg, 2003 Tour "Publish or perish" is well known, but what about "Profit or perish"?
Florida, 2003 Vacation "Failure is not an option", from the film Apollo 13. A very good motto.
Florida, 2003 Vacation "We don't have a procedure for this", from the film Apollo 13. You cannot explain the project management of the 1960s and the flexibility of the staff of that time more accurate.
Starnberg, 2001 Office discussion typical software message: "Please wait while we ignore you."
München, 2001 visit A two-node cluster. Both nodes talk normally over their hearbeat connection. Once, one node says to the other one: "Let's go and boot!"
Starnberg, 1998 Funny contact with Java and its exceptions The NullPointerException in Java:
The best error message of a pointerless programming language...
Starnberg, 1998 Discussion about bad software "Banana-Ware: The software matures at the customer's site."
Friedrichshafen, 1992 Lore "Shit happens."

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