General Errors

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I think the greatest electronic achievement that  mankind will ever have, will be to create computer error messages that actually make sense to the average person.

Most times, the message you get on screen is just a baffling as the reason why it is there in the first place.
Oh sure, I could go online and look up a list of common computer errors, but that still won’t help usually.

What we really need is an easy to read, detailed message that we can pass onto out tech support people. A message that truly outlines what may be going wrong and how long it might take to fix.

If this occurs, people just might start to understand their computers better and get more comfortable with them.
Of course, that can never happen, lest our tech support “geeks” lose their mystique and perceived value. We need to continue thinking that errors are all dangerous warnings that must be heeded unless we want our laptops to delete their own hard drives.
We must never know that in most cases a simple “turn it off then back on” procedure is what is needed to fix the problem.

No. We must never know.

Perfect Programming

Perfect Programming published on 2 Comments on Perfect Programming

Take a look at what perfect programming looks like.
Sleek. Stylish. Hard to fathom.

Every programmer out there wants to be the best. They want to know the perfect programming language and the best way to lay down their funky lines of code.
It is an endless quest and I believe it is the REAL reason they code.

Secretly, they hope to create something so pure and innovative that the rest of the programming community worldwide will laude them for their achievement for all eternity.
Not such a bad goal to have when you think about it.

Of course,some coders already believe they have reached their pinnacle. they suffer from “perfect programmer syndrome

perfect programmer syndrome: n.
Arrogance; the egotistical conviction that one is above normal human error. Most frequently found among programmers of some native ability but relatively little experience (especially new graduates; their perceptions may be distorted by a history of excellent performance at solvingtoy problems). “Of course my program is correct, there is no need to test it.” “Yes, I can see there may be a problem here, but I’ll never type rm -r /while inroot mode.”

All I know is that these guys can do cool stuff as well as scary stuff. So you should be very nice to them at all times. It is a little known fact that programmers actually love hugs!! (It is 100%true, but they will very forcefully deny it)
So why not make the code-wrangler in your office feel happier?
Go on – give your programmer/s a big hug today!