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, 2021 Bob Marley "Politics and church are the same. They keep the people in ignorance."
Würzburg, 2021 unknown By the way, there is no race, no religion, no nation, no skin color and no gender without a natural proportion of idiots.
Würzburg, 2021 unknown It's so good to be me!
Würzburg, 2021 Arnold Schwarzenegger "That devides one from being a champion or one not being a champion. If you can go trough this pain barrier you make it to be a champion. If you can't go trough - forget it."
Würzburg, 2021 Arnold Schwarzenegger "And that's what most people lack is in having the guts. The guts to go in and just say 'I go through and I don't care what happens. I know it aches.'"
Würzburg, 2021 Brian W. Kernighan "Donít comment bad code - rewrite it."
Würzburg, 2021 George Orwell "The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.
Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.
This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed.
In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation.
The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact."
Würzburg, 2021 George Orwell "The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour.
War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed."
Würzburg, 2021 Idi Amin "There is freedom of speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech."
Würzburg, 2021 Böhm, A. M. a Shitfix
Würzburg, 2021 Douglas Adams, "THGTTG" "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
Würzburg, 2021 Heitsch, G., "Well, it's a semiconductor, so semi-functional is to be expected. ;)"
Würzburg, 2021 Fido-Net, Mailfooter /dev/screwdriver
Würzburg, 2020 perlobj (source, CPAN) "Multiple inheritance often indicates a design problem, but Perl always gives you enough rope to hang yourself with if you ask for it."
Würzburg, 2020 New York Times Co. v. United States, United States Supreme Court, No. 1873, 403 U, S. 713 (1971) "Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people [...]"
Würzburg, 2020 unknown It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you look playing the game.
Würzburg, 2020 Galbraith, J. K. An old Windows has old security holes.
A new Windows has new security holes.
Another OS has other security holes.
For safety you must care yourself.
Würzburg, 2020 Galbraith, J. K. "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
Würzburg, 2020 Hauenstein, K. "When they stop pirating your music, you know you're dead."
Würzburg, 2020 Tape auf Atari from Kruder&Dorfmeister "do not adjust your brain, there is a fault in reality."
Würzburg, 2020 deGrasse Tyson, N., FIDOGAZETTE Vol 14 No 26, September 09, 2020 "If I were ever abducted by aliens, the first thing I'd ask is whether they came from a planet where fellow aliens also deny science."
Würzburg, 2020 Böhm, A. M. "Ey, you got the drip-drop"
Würzburg, 2020 Böhm, A. M. "Seeing your lights"
Würzburg, 2020 Böhm, A. M. "Disagree and commit"
Würzburg, 2020 Mark Twain "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
Würzburg, 2020 Dilbert to his boss Boss "If challenges are more valuable than money, give me your money and you got my challenges."
Würzburg, 2020 Robert Hayes, July 12, 2019, How To Prevent Windows From Automatically Reducing System Volume
"Longtime Microsoft watchers know that what you really have to watch out for isnít malevolent intention on the part of the Redmond-based software giant. If Microsoft tries to be evil, they usually just mess it up and donít really do anything. No, itís when Microsoft tries to HELP that you have to look out [...]."
Würzburg, 2020 Henry Ford "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
Würzburg, 2020 Hubbard, E., 1922 "Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you'll never be criticized."
Würzburg, 2020 Hanlon's razor Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Würzburg, 2020 unknown "He who asks a question is a fool for a moment; He who doesn't ask is a fool forever."
Würzburg, 2020 Allen, J., Vantiq "If you have a hammer, you can use the hammer to build a house, or you can use the hammer to kill somebody. It's a tool. And sometimes the way I think is, our platform is a tool to enable developing applications,"
Würzburg, 2020 George Takei, Twitter, 16.03.2020. "BREAKING: Due to massive incompetence and inexplicable delay, WHO to rename Covid-19 to Covfefe-45."
Würzburg, 2020 Abraham Lincoln "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
Würzburg, 2020 John Basil Barnhill, Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism, As It Appeared in the National Rip-Saw (Saint Louis, Mo.: The National Rip-Saw Pub. Co., 1914), 34. "Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty."
Würzburg, 2020 Ralph Paterson Tester, cited by: Donald Michie: Colossus and the Breaking of the Wartime "Fish" Codes. Cryptologia, 26:1, S. 22, 2002. "You know, it's easy for me. Most things go downhill with age. Stamina for some reason goes the other way. So you're no good at this sort of thing until you're at least forty. Another coffee, anyone?"
Würzburg, 2019 James Dean Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.
Würzburg, 2019 Unknown Your Training is our/my warmup
Würzburg, 2019 Unknown Your competition First round is our/my warmup
Würzburg, 2019 Unknown Everything happens for a reason. That reason is usually physics
Würzburg, 2019 Steve Jobs Your time is limited. so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Würzburg, 2019 Unknown Social engineering specialist
Because there is no patch for human stupidity
Würzburg, 2019 Unknown I can explain it to you,
But I canít understand it for you
Würzburg, 2019 Wired Magazine When information is cheap, context is more valuable than ever.
Würzburg, 2019 unknown UNIX is user-friendly, it's just a little picky about who its friends are
Würzburg, 2019 Marcus Zahn, 27.12.2016, Monday Knowledge Snippet (MKS), 67 TM 9.4, Renewed Page Layouts, "New features are new features and the reason to upgrade."
Würzburg, 2019 William L. Shirer, End of a Berlin Diary, Hamish Hamilton, London,1947, p. ?? "For the Germans - with true Teutonic thoroughness - wrote everything down."
Würzburg, 2019 William L. Shirer, End of a Berlin Diary, Hamish Hamilton, London,1947, p. 307 "The idiots wrote everything down."
Würzburg, 2019 William L. Shirer, Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-41 "I suppose every government that has ever gone to war has tried to convince its people of three things:
(1) that right is on its side;
(2) that it is fighting purely in defence of the nation;
(3) that it is sure to win."
Würzburg, 2019 Roosevelt, E, cited by: William L. Shirer, William L. Shirer Twentieth Century Journey: The Start (1904-1930), The Nightmare Years (1930-1940), A Native's Return "Please for the sake of the future, nail every Communist"
Würzburg, 2019 Eric Idle "You know, you come from nothing, you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing!"
Würzburg, 2019 Jungkunz, B. "Smoothie - vegane corpse water"
Würzburg, 2019 Null, C. cited by Barrett, B., How a 'Null' License Plate Landed a Hacker in Ticket Hell, Wired Magazine, 13.08.2019 "The Ďminimum viable productí concept has pushed a lot of bad code through that doesnít go through with the proper level of testing."
Würzburg, 2019 unknown "No Backup - No Mercy"
Würzburg, 2019 Roberts, L. "If you begin with shit, you'll finish with shit."
Würzburg, 2019 Böhm, A. M. "Never let your children update the productive computer system you depend on."
Würzburg, 2019 Lauterbach, B., Sauer, S., Gottlieb, J., Sürie, C., Benz. U., Transportation Management with SAP, Rheinwerk Publishing, Boston, MA, p. 61 "[...] SAP did develop the language [ABAP] to be a best-fitting, reliable, and fast platform for business applications."
Würzburg, 2019 Arouet, F.-M., a.k.a. Voltaire "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question:
Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?"
Würzburg, 2019 Dossche, W., FidoNet "When a discussion in an electronic forum with a US citizen grows longer (regardless of topic or scope), the likelihood of becoming sidetracked to US Presidential elections, the 2nd Amendment or ĎWe saved your asses in WW2í increases exponentially."
Würzburg, 2019 Godwin, M., 1990 "As a discussion on the Internet grows longer, the likelihood of a comparison of a person's being compared to Hitler or another Nazi reference, increases."
(Godwin's Law a.k.a. Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)
Würzburg, 2019 Heinlein, R. A. They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
Würzburg, 2019 Twain, M., In Europe and Elsewhere, 1923, p. 175 "The slowness of one section of the world about adopting the valuable ideas of another section of it is a curious thing and unaccountable. This form of stupidity is confined to no community, to no nation; it is universal. The fact is the human race is not only slow about borrowing valuable ideas it sometimes persists in not borrowing them at all."
Würzburg, 2019 Ocasio-Cortez, A. "Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as staying quiet. In fact oftentimes the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table."
Würzburg, 2019 Einstein, A. "I know not what weapons World War III will be fought with, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Freudenberg, 2019 Schmidt, E., cited by Tate, R., Google CEO: Secrets Are for Filthy People,, 12.04.2009 "If you have something that you donít want anyone to know, maybe you shouldnít be doing it in the first place."
Würzburg, 2019 Ebert, R., at, 02/20/2008 "Life of Brian is so cheerfully inoffensive that, well, itís almost blasphemous to take it seriously."
Würzburg, 2019 Jones, T, cited in Monty Python Speaks!, S. 247. "The whole thing about 'The sandal' [...] is like a history of the Church in three minutes."
Würzburg, 2019 Jones, T, cited in Monty Python Speaks!, S. 247. "[...] Christ [is] saying all of these wonderful things about people living together in peace and love, and then for the next two thousand years people are putting each other to death in His name because they canít agree on how He said it, or in what order He said it."
Würzburg, 2019 Shilbrack, K., in: Hardcastle, G. L., Reischm G. A., (Ed.): Monty Python and Philosophy. Carus Publishing Company, 2006, p. 23 "One cannot rebel against the absurd, but one can laugh at it."
Würzburg, 2019 Shacklett, M., BYOD backpedaling: How to convince employees to give up personal devices,, 03/05/2019 "Companies are discovering that BYOD causes more problems than solutions."
Würzburg, 2019 Boehm, A. M. "Suicide by Cops" is a well known word. What about "Suicide by Novice Driver"?
Würzburg, 2019 Sheridan to Garibaldi, "The Geometry of Shadows" "The universe doesn't give you any points for doing things that are easy."
Würzburg, 2019 Halfhill, T. R., Byte Senior Editor, Byte Jan 97 "To put it bluntly, it's negligent for software developers to ignore the possibility that their code may live for 10 or 20 years."
Würzburg, 2019 Thomas Paine "When the people fear the government, you have tyranny.
When the government fears the people, you have freedom."
Würzburg, 2019 Arthur Koestler "The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward."
Würzburg, 2019 Douglas Adams "It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do so."
Würzburg, 2019 Madeleine L'Engle "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."
Stuttgart, 2018 Logan, D., King, J., Fischer-Wright, H. Tribal Stages, signs of Stage 4: "They tend to ask, 'whatís the next right thing to do?'
Their language focuses on 'we,' not 'me.'
If two people get in a squabble, a third will step in and repair the relationship:"
Würzburg, 2018 Vonnegut, K. "Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."
Würzburg, 2018 unknown FIRE - financial independence, retire early
Würzburg, 2018 unknown No gunfight survivor has ever said that he wished he had less powerful ammunition or fewer shots available.
Würzburg, 2018 Moritz, M. "The first rule of gunfighting is, have a gun."
Stuttgart, 2018 Lorenzo, R., Voigt, N., Schetelig, K., Zawadzski,A, Welpe, I, Brosi, P., The Mix that Matters Boston Consulting Group, 2017 Innovation is defined as: "percentage of revenue from new products or services in the most recent three-year period" reference
Stuttgart, 2018 Logan, D., King, J., Fischer-Wright, H. Tribal Stages, signs of Stage 4:
They tend to ask, "whatís the next right thing to do?"
Their language focuses on "we," not "me."
If two people get in a squabble, a third will step in and repair the relationship
Stuttgart, 2018 Sutherland, J. Stories can always be broken down
Stuttgart, 2018 unknown cst: common sense team
Stuttgart, 2018 unknown team: Together Everybody Achieves More
Stuttgart, 2018 Böhm, A. M. DonĎt manage the people, manage the system.
Stuttgart, 2018 Appelo, J. Manage the system, not the people.
Würzburg, 2018 anonymous I wonder how many strangers have taken photos with me in the background.
Würzburg, 2018 anonymous If we were eyeless we'd be unaware of colour. What if we're missing some part of reality because we don't have the organ to detect it?
Würzburg, 2018 anonymous Your age is just the number of laps you've done around a giant ball of fire in the centre of our solar system.
Würzburg, 2018 anonymous Once you've read a dictionary, every other book you read is just a remix.
Würzburg, 2018 anonymous The men in expensive suits look successful until you learn that they often work for people who dress in jeans and t-shirts.
Würzburg, 2018 Armstrong, J., the creator of Erlang The problem with object-oriented languages is theyíve got all this implicit environment that they carry around with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.
Würzburg, 2018 Film Wargames, 1983 WOPR: "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play."
Würzburg, 2018 saying A clean home is wasted time
Würzburg, 2018 Trump, D., twitter, 14. Okt. 2012, 11:43 I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.
Würzburg, 2018 unknown MIP - most important person
Würzburg, 2018 saying "fail early, fail cheap."
meant is really cheap, not inexpensive...
Würzburg, 2017 Watson-Watt, R., "cult of the imperfect" "Give them the third-best to go on with; the second-best comes too late, [and] the best never comes."
Würzburg, 2017 unknown sometimes done is better than perfect.
Würzburg, 2017 Brigstocke, M. "Computer games don't affect kids. I mean, if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music."
Würzburg, 2017 Stroustrup, B. "More good code has been written in languages denounced as bad than in languages proclaimed wonderful - much more."
Würzburg, 2017 unknown You cannot control what you cannot measure
Würzburg, 2017 Denoncourt, D., Aging in IT and Being a Lifelong Learner, "Advice for younger teammates - remember you are only as good as your accomplishments over the last two years"
Würzburg, 2017 Beck, K. "Make it work, make it right, make it fast."
Würzburg, 2017 Johnson, R. "Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable."
Würzburg, 2017 Freeman, A. "Simplicity is the soul of efficiency."
Würzburg, 2017 Fowler, M. "When to use iterative development? You should use iterative development only on projects that you want to succeed."
Würzburg, 2017 Beck, K. "Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming: feedback is the treatment."
Würzburg, 2017 Maguire, S. "Fix the cause, not the symptom."
Würzburg, 2017 House, C. "Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, itís bad."
Würzburg, 2017 de Saint-Exupery, A. "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away."
Würzburg, 2017 Salomon, D. "Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Mondayís code."
Würzburg, 2017 Bacon, B. "Knowledge is power."
Würzburg, 2017 Heilmann, C. "Java is to JavaScript what car is to carpet."
Würzburg, 2017 Chanel, C. "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different"
Würzburg, 2017 Wilde, O. "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
Würzburg, 2017 Johnson, J. "First, solve the problem. Then, write the code."
Würzburg, 2017 Fowler, M. "Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand."
Würzburg, 2017 DeMarco, T. Why Does Software Cost So Much?, Dorset House, 1995 "There are two familiar variants of the documentation problem: a) you write all the internal documentation that you know you need and you pay a terrible price for it, or b) you donít write all the internal documentation you need and you pay a terrible price for that."
Würzburg, 2017 Böhm, A. sales-tuned head set with javascript support optimized for promises
Würzburg, 2017 Timothy Leary Two Commandments for the Molecular Age:
1. "Thou shalt not alter the consciousness of thy fellow men."
2. "Thou shalt not prevent thy fellow man from altering his or her own consciousness."
Würzburg, 2017 Roosevelt, E. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
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 Gilmore, J., Time Magazine, 1993 "The Net treats censorship as a defect and routes around it."
Würzburg, 2016 Gilmore, J., Computers, Freedom and Privacy, First Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy, March 28, 1991 "How many of you have broken no laws this month?"
Würzburg, 2016 Gilmore, J. "We make free software affordable."
slogan of Cygnus Solutions
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,, 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 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "May I say as the worldís oldest living teacher, 'Fuck Polite!'"
Würzburg, 2016 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "Silence has a myriad of meanings. In the theater, silence is an absence of words, but never an absence of meaning."
Würzburg, 2016 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "An ounce of behavior is worth more than a pound of words."
Würzburg, 2016 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "You know itís all right to be wrong, but it's not all right not to try."
Würzburg, 2016 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "There's no such thing as nothing."
Würzburg, 2016 Meisner, S. cited by Esper, W., DiMarco, D., The Actors Art and Craft, Anchor, 2008 "Less is more!"
Würzburg, 2016 10 things you didnít know about Europeís tech scene, Mohout, O.,, 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 ( 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 Hoaxers vs. Rocket Scientists: Even NASA unsure how to counter claims of faked moon landings, Associated Press, 21.12,2002 "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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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 Aldous Huxley "Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."
Würzburg, 2013 Albert Einstein "The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Würzburg, 2013 Altshuler, M. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot."
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 challenging of scientific results:
  1. How old were the authors at the time of the study?
  2. What expertise did the authors have at the time in the field in question?
  3. What's the sample size?
  4. How was the sample composed?
  5. Who financed the study?
  6. Is the study published?
  7. Where is the study published?
  8. Who reviewed the study?
  9. Could the results be reproduced by at least one other team of scientists?
  10. What did each author of the study want to achieve (for his own)?
  11. 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."

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 US advertising film from the 1950s "Challenge makes an engineer."
Würzburg, 2008 unknown Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
* If it moves, tax it.
* If it keeps moving, regulate it.
* If it stops moving, subsidize it.
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, 2007 unknown "ERROR 406: file corrupt: -- reboot universe? (Y/N)"
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."
Friedrichshafen, 1988 Brian in The Life of Brian "You donít need to follow anybody. Youíve all got to think for yourselves. Youíre all individuals. [...] Donít let anyone tell you what to do".
Friedrichshafen, 1980 C-3PO, Star Wars "I suggest a new strategy, R2: Let the Wookiee win."

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