[maemo-users] Improvements in the browser

From: Thomas Leavitt thomas at thomasleavitt.org
Date: Wed Oct 10 12:48:56 EEST 2007
I'm a systems admin. I work with these things for a living (why I insist 
on screwing around with them on my off time, I'm not sure)... much of 
what I do is what I call "voodoo system administration"... I try this, I 
try that, I faintly recall that doing this cured a vaguely similar 
problem several years ago, or that I heard tell someone fixed something 
like that by doing this... I jump up and down in front of the machine 
and chant.... and eventually something fixes the problem. Often I'm not 
exactly sure what.

My favorite joke goes something like this...

An electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a computer technician 
were in a car that wouldn't start.

The electrical engineer says, "Let's get out, look under the hood, and 
see if the battery's properly connected or there are any loose wires."

The mechanical engineer says, "Let's get out, look under the hood, and 
see anything's broken or come loose."

The computer engineer says, "Let's all get out of the car, slam the 
doors, and get back in again." :)

Of course, on a Unix system, there's a lot less voodoo than Windows. :)


Marius Vollmer wrote:
> "ext Aniello Del Sorbo" <anidel at gmail.com> writes:
>> Well you know.. They (CS teachers) teach us that computers are
>> deterministic automata.  In theory...  In practice.. They (the
>> computers) proved us many times they are not. ;-)
> No, it's just us humans who get confused and then attribute our own
> irrationality to the machine. :-)
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