Selected Murphy’s Computer Laws

This is a list of selected modern Murphy’s “laws” from computers/IT field. Enjoy them! Murphy’s Law typically states that “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.

Murphy’s Law typically states that “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. Following are some selected modern “laws” from computers/IT field. Enjoy them :-)

  • When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen
  • The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.
  • He who laughs last probably had made a backup.
  • The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  • No matter how many resources you have, they are never enough.
  • Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
  • The value of a program is inversely proportional to the weight of its output.
  • Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
  • A working program is one that has only unobserved bugs.
  • If a program hasn’t crashed yet, it is waiting for a critical moment before it crashes.
  • Software bugs are impossible to detect by anybody except the end user.
  • The maintenance engineer will never have seen a model quite like yours before.
  • All constants are variables.
  • The best way to see your boss is to access the Internet.
  • The number of bugs always exceeds the number of lines found in a program.
  • The most ominous words for those using computers: “Daddy, what does ‘Now formatting Drive C’ mean?
  • It’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature.
  • The only program that runs perfectly every time, is a virus
  • If it works, it’s production. If it doesn’t, it’s a test.
  • The best way past a pesky security feature is a 13-year-old.
  • Make a system even a moron can use and a moron will use it.
  • Computers let you waste time efficiently
  • No matter what problem you have with your computer; it’s always Microsoft’s fault. If it’s not their fault; blame them anyway!
  • A program that compiles on the first run has an error in the algorithm.
  • A computer is only as smart as the person using it
  • All’s well that ends.
  • The first myth of management is that it exists.
  • If it’s not in the computer, it doesn’t exist.
  • When all else fails, read the instructions.
  • A screw will never fit a nut.
  • An expert will always state the obvious.
  • The boss is always right.
    Corollary: If the boss is wrong, refer back to the rule.