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20 Things it took me 20 years in IT to learn

Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Technical Articles (Views: 5455)
Most of you who know me or have read my blog know I like Dave Barry, and one of his articles "19 things it took me 50 years to learn" is a classic. In the same spirit, and learning more in less time, here's my "20 things it took me 20 years in IT to learn". Thanks again Dave, you are the man... :)

1. Computers will never replace human stupidity.

2. For every person who does something stupid, it seems there's always someone who does something even stupider by covering it up.

3. Computers will always do what you tell them to do, but not always what you want them to do.

4. The more people boast about their certifications in an e-mail or signature line, the less they usually can boast about their actual accomplishments on the job.

5. Give a computer guy a free lunch, and you make a friend for life.

6. You cannot love your job until you find things you hate about it.

7. The day you start counting how many times buzz words (without meaning) are used in meetings is the day you have lost faith in your job and need to move on.

8. Learn something new everyday, and teach someone something new everyday.

9. The stupidest people you'll ever meet are the ones who think they know everything.

10. Never forget to test your backups.

11. Take care of the needs of the masses before the needs of the asses.

12. If you haven't broken anything, you haven't been working hard enough (trying new things and exploring never hurts).

13. Never sell your soul for a job (this would include sleeping with the boss)

14. Never forget those who helped form you into the person you are, and be that example to someone else.

15. The 7 magic words for any IT person "I don't know, but I'll find out"

16. There are only 2 kinds of people in the business, resources and jackasses. There are no exceptions to this rule, but being the former will help insure your job.

17. Never forget to laugh and have a sense of humor. Computers don't hate, programmers do. :)

18. There is never going to be a computer fast enough or a hard drive big enough.

19. Being honest may get you into trouble, but it will get you out of a lot more (and bigger) trouble.

20. It's all about legacy and the mark you leave for the ages. Once you walk away, would anyone want you back?


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