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Re: The worst excuse I have ever heard is:

by davido (Cardinal)
on Jan 01, 2020 at 19:07 UTC ( #11110849=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The worst excuse I have ever heard is:

  • I didn't change anything.
  • It doesn't work.
  • I already tried that.
  • I found a bug in Perl.
  • It was working yesterday.
  • I don't need architecture because we just need to get it done quickly.

Update: A friend once told me he bought a system with a 100MB hard drive because that was bigger than all his neighbors' drives. Admittedly, at the time I was still swapping 3.5" floppies, often putting the contents of the first floppy into a ram disk on a system with 1MB RAM so that I could avoid all the swapping to run my PASCAL compiler. The poll option regarding 640KB RAM reminded me of this.


Dave

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Re^2: The worst excuse I have ever heard is:
by dsheroh (Prior) on Jan 05, 2020 at 05:13 UTC
    A friend once told me he bought a system with a 100MB hard drive because that was bigger than all his neighbors' drives.
    The 640k RAM one similarly reminded me of when someone donated an old TRS-80 Model 12 to my high school, and they turned around and gave it to me. ("Well, we can either store it somewhere for a few years until we finally sell it at an auction for 50 cents... or we can ask Dave if he wants it.") In addition to being my first *nix system (Xenix, to be exact), it also included my first-ever hard drive, holding a whopping 12M. At the time, I was absolutely convinced that it would be all the disk space I would ever need for the rest of my life...
Re^2: The worst excuse I have ever heard is:
by ajt (Prior) on Jan 02, 2020 at 09:25 UTC

    It was working yesterday or was not working yesterday but is working today may be feeble but I've come across it several times, especially on systems with lots of caches, so you have no idea what state the system really is in...!


    --
    ajt
Re^2: The worst excuse I have ever heard is:
by Zenzizenzizenzic (Scribe) on Jan 17, 2020 at 11:53 UTC
    I thought I was in dev!
      Actually ... the first thing I achieved at my current $job was to drastically change the colors of different log-in environments.

      Giving a visual clue helps!

      update

      especially when debugging in multiple windows.

      Cheers Rolf
      (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
      Wikisyntax for the Monastery FootballPerl is like chess, only without the dice

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