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April 6, 2001
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

A group of technical leaders were at a seminar called "Making Reliable Software". The teacher at the seminar, in order to make the participants appreciate the problems of reliable software, posed this question: "How many of you would be willing to fly in an airplane that was controlled by software that your company created?" The technical leaders thought about it, and looked around at each other. Nobody raised their hands, except for one lone guy in the back. The teacher was suprised. "You, in the back," he asked. "Why are you so sure that it would be safe?" "Simple," replied the programmer. "Knowing how my guys code, the plane wouldn't even be able to pull away from the gate."

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Some nifty quotes to brighten your morning.


Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.

-- Henry Spencer


It will be a long time before you hear me praise NT or any other MS product. I believe that Gates and his empire have done more to lower the standards of our society than anything else in my lifetime. If my product had the same quality as theirs, airplanes would be falling out of the sky hourly.

-Robert Schindler, a mechanical engineer

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