Tuesday, November 21, 2006

John Dvorak and the Ten Axioms:

John Dvorak has a charming column on the Ten Axioms of Modern Computing. I know from painful experience that he's talking sense (and so will you). My favorites are:

USE DEFAULTS. Always let the program choose the default during installation. Give up on the idea that you're in charge of the machine ...

UPGRADES DO NOT HELP. When you upgrade software nothing good happens ...

I can add similar advice from my own exprience. When a program prompts you to press "any key", you should press either the space bar or the enter key. You can reasonably assume that these have been tested. Do not risk pressing any other keys, and in particular, DO NOT press the "esc" key.

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