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Just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, the roof caves in.Weiler's Law
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.The Laws of Computer Programming
Pierce's LawIn any computer system, the machine will always misinterpret, misconstrue, misprint, or not evaluate any math or subroutines or fail to print any output on at least the first run through.
Corollary to Pierce's LawWhen a compiler accepts a program without error on the first run, the program will not yield the desired output.
Addition to Murphy's LawsIn nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right ... something is wrong.
Brook's LawIf at first you don't succeed, transform your data set!
Grosch's LawComputing power increases as the square of the cost.
Golub's Laws of Computerdom
Variables won't; constants aren't.Gilb's Laws of Unreliability
There's always one more bug.Troutman's Postulate
If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.Gumperson's Law
The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desirability.Gummidge's Law
The amount of expertise varies in inverse ratio to the number of statements understood by the general public.Zymurgy's First Law of Evolving System Dynamics
Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can (old worms never die, they just worm their way into larger cans).Harvard's Law
Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.Sattinger's Law
It works better if you plug it in.Jenkinson's Law
It won't work.Horner's Five Thumb Postulate
Experience increase directly with equipment ruined.Cheop's Law
Nothing ever gets build on schedule or within budget.Rule of Accuracy
When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer.Zymurg's Seventh Exception to Murphy's Law
When it rains, it pours.Pudder's Laws
To estimate the time it takes to do a task: estimate the time you think it should take, multiply by two and change the unit of measure to the next highest unit. Thus, we allocate two days for a one hour task.Stockmayer's Theorem
If it looks easy, it's tough. If it looks tough, it's damn near impossible.Atwoods Corollary
No books are lost by lending except those you particularly wanted to keep.Johnson's Third Law
If you miss one issue of any magazine, it will be the issue that contains the article, story or installment you were most anxious to read.Corollary to Johnson's Third Law
All of your friends either missed it, lost it or threw it out.Harper's Magazine Law
You never find the article until you replace it.Brooke's Law
Adding manpower to a late software makes it later.Finagle's Fourth Law
Once a job is fooled up, anything done to improve it will only make it worse.Featherkile's Rule
Whatever you did, that's what you planned.Flap's Law
Any inanimate object, regardless of its position, configuration or purpose, may be expected to perform at any time in a totally unexpected manner for reasons that are either entirely obscure or else completely mysterious.
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