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In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
by Alan Perlis

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

Related topics: Computers

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

 

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- Alan Perlis

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
wake him up.
- Alan Perlis

One man's constant is another man's variable.
- Alan Perlis

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It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
- Alan Perlis

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting
his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.
- Alan Perlis

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
- Alan Perlis

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
- Alan Perlis

Every program has two purposes: The one for which it
was written and another for which it wasn't.
- Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters,
you probably missed some.
- Alan Perlis

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
- Alan Perlis

There are two ways to write error-free programs;
only the third one works.
- Alan Perlis

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
- Alan Perlis

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis

We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts
within nests of parentheses.
- Alan Perlis

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.
- Alan Perlis

It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program.
What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline,
organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail,
and learning to be self critical.
- Alan Perlis

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc,
which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.
- Kevin Mitnick

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte

There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
- Ken Thompson

In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand
as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city,
or even the whole world.
- Douglas Engelbart

While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing,
I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.
- Clifford Stoll

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice.
It was great for shooters and racing games in the past,
but I didn't think it was right for strategy games.
- Sid Meier

Back in 1995, Bill Gates himself didn't understand
that the internet was the direction computing was going.
- John Podhoretz

I have discovered that there are two types of command
interfaces in the world of computing:
good interfaces and user interfaces.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

The utility model of computing - computing resources
delivered over the network in much the same way that
electricity or telephone service reaches our homes and offices today -
makes more sense than ever.
- Scott McNealy

The great advance of personal computers was not the
computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face,
that you had control over it, that were confronted
with it and could steer it.
- Kevin Kelly

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up.
You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who
claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
- William Penn

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid
for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
- Tony Robbins

I always wished for this, but it's almost turning into
more of a nightmare than a dream.
- Eminem

Without so much as turning a hair I freely admit that
I am one of America's greatest realists.
- Thorne Smith

Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu.
- Gerald Stanley Lee

We are taking challenges and turning them into opportunities by developing homegrown,
local energy production to become independent from foreign sources.
- Mitch Daniels

Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War,
or World War II were the turning points in our history,
the sine qua non of our forward progress.
- Stephen Ambrose

Turning the Internet over to the U.N.
or some other phony international organization would be a disaster,
and I am not willing to stand by and let it happen.
- John Doolittle

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek
as my tongue is always in it.
- Flannery O'Connor

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like
making a series of sketches for a painting that has
long ago been finished and framed.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The Palestinian election is something that was really a turning point.
It's a mandate for peace.
- Warren Christopher

Ty Tryon made a lot of money after turning pro,
but he might not have been ready.
I don't want to make a lot of money for a couple of
months and then not be ready.
- Michelle Wie

What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that
you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer.
- Thomas Kempis

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination,
Imagination is the workshop of your mind,
capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
- Napoleon Hill

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

You don't change the course of history by turning the
faces of portraits to the wall.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

I sometimes have a horrible fear of turning up a canvas of mine.
I'm always afraid of finding a monster in place of
the precious jewels I thought I had put there!
- Camille Pissarro

I was with the U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell,
which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.
- Michael Ignatieff

Oh, I have to say Romana; she was much more fun to
do but I did enjoy the Princess when she was turning bad.
- Lalla Ward

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
- Rosalind Russell

Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and
were fighting it and beat it,
but their mortality started to get to me.
Everything wasn't as hunky-dory like it was.
- Darren Aronofsky

It was such a turning point to find that I had a talent
and I had something to contribute,
somewhere.
- Gwen Stefani

There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months,
then turning around and playing someone sweet.
Films give you this opportunity.
- Amy Weber

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages,
looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating
stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
- Laura Bush

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience,
loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley

There is something so settled and stodgy about turning
a great romance into next of kin on an emergency room form,
and something so soothing and special,
too.
- Anna Quindlen

Hitler was so modern, in that he was obsessed with being famous.
He was caught up with this rush to be have achieved
greatness before turning 30.
- John Cusack

What I do is draw but if you make an animated feature
obviously it takes a whole team of people,
and Zippy is my work.
I felt that turning it over to a team of people would be wrong.
- Bill Griffith


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