|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1621 of 2327|
It is a lesson which all history teaches
wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1622 of 2327|
It is a poor judge who cannot award a prize.
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1623 of 2327|
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1624 of 2327|
It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was
my age, he had been dead for 2 years.
-- Tom Lehrer
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1625 of 2327|
It is a very humbling experience to make a multimillion-dollar mistake, but
it is also very memorable. I vividly recall the night we decided how to
organize the actual writing of external specifications for OS/360. The
manager of architecture, the manager of control program implementation, and
I were threshing out the plan, schedule, and division of responsibilities.
The architecture manager had 10 good men. He asserted that they
could write the specifications and do it right. It would take ten months,
three more than the schedule allowed.
The control program manager had 150 men. He asserted that they
could prepare the specifications, with the architecture team coordinating;
it would be well-done and practical, and he could do it on schedule.
Furthermore, if the architecture team did it, his 150 men would sit twiddling
their thumbs for ten months.
To this the architecture manager responded that if I gave the control
program team the responsibility, the result would not in fact be on time,
but would also be three months late, and of much lower quality. I did, and
it was. He was right on both counts. Moreover, the lack of conceptual
integrity made the system far more costly to build and change, and I would
estimate that it added a year to debugging time.
-- Frederick Brooks Jr., "The Mythical Man Month"
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1626 of 2327|
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
-- William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1627 of 2327|
It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program.
What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing
thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical?
-- Alan Perlis
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1628 of 2327|
It is all right to hold a conversation,
but you should let go of it now and then.
-- Richard Armour
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1629 of 2327|
It is always the best policy to speak the truth,
unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.
-- Jerome K. Jerome
|Freebsd Fortunes 4: 1630 of 2327|
It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course,
you are an exceptionally good liar.
-- Jerome K. Jerome