Peter Welch, author of blog stilldrinking.org, wrote this awesome article which everybody who has a programmer in their life must read.


The article is: Programming Sucks

I’d like to showcase a couple of my favorite snippets from the piece:

Not a single living person knows how everything in your five-year-old MacBook actually works. Why do we tell you to turn it off and on again? Because we don’t have the slightest clue what’s wrong with it, and it’s really easy to induce coma in computers and have their built-in team of automatic doctors try to figure it out for us. The only reason coders’ computers work better than non-coders’ computers is coders know computers are schizophrenic little children with auto-immune diseases and we don’t beat them when they’re bad.

and:

And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don’t even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn’t make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.

I strongly believe this is the initiation material we tech’y types have always needed in order to accurately explain where challenges are in our professions.

Peter Welch, Programming Sucks

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