Sunday, April 13, 2014

murphy's law, or: for want of an iDude

The image gives an idea of where i've been in the last days, mind-wise: in a kind of web-bug-matrix. Dealing with a web project that has run off track. (Or rather, "into the woods". that's the excuse the web agency handed us when we wanted to know what exactly has gone wrong, from start. "The first team that worked on it went into the woods with it...")

Anyway. What did Murpyh's law say? "If anything can go wrong, it will."

So it did. At least, so far, no one got hurt or injured. It's just bits and bytes gone wrong. And hours and hours of work gone by, trying to figure out the errors in the system, and the pattern behind them, checking and thinking, and staring at screens a lot...

To humour myself, i browsed the Murphy's law page this morning, after another hour spent catching bugs. The following three lines give an idea of the mess we're dealing with right now:
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Bugs will appear in one part of a working program when another 'unrelated' part is modified.
A patch is a piece of software which replaces old bugs with new bugs.

And another quote - this is a copy of a facebook conversation from a while ago, back then i had to deal with the comparatively nice and easy obstacle of e-book-filing. An obstacle that can be solved in 9 simple steps:


Dorothee: “this. is. hilarious. so i now just was sent a gift e-book from Orange. it's nicely sitting in a folder on my computer. now, how to get this book on an iPad? ... it takes 9 simple steps. NINE. oh my.

Dorothee: i want an intra-computer-communication android.

Susan: You mean one of those little dudes who runs back and forth between computers and makes dinner too?

Sherry: an iDude. and i want a bell to ring everytime i need him.

Rose: I want my own technical advisor and Mac repairman. Repairperson. They don't have to cook. I'll feed them tacos. They can go to the beach most of the day. As long as when they come home they help me with all this technical shit. Any takers?

Dorothee: iDude would be nice. or R2D2 from Star Wars. wasn't he a communication android? 


so currently, the answer to the situation rather is: to turn into my own communication android, and do the bug-analyzing and wading through technical stuff myself.

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