Word to the wise: it’s your fault

Back in 1965 I applied for a job in Regina firm’s accounting department, as accounting is what I was educated in, and was given an aptitude test. However, I was offered, and accepted, a job in the then Data Processing department as the test showed I had an aptitude for programming.

On my first day on the job I was introduced to the General Manager, who in his thick Hungarian accent, gave me these words of wisdom which have never been refuted in my 35 plus years in IT and IT Auditing.. “Charlie, there is only two things you need to know about computers. They are stupid as hell but they never make a mistake”. It didn’t take too long to learn the true meaning of those gems. Computers do no more or no less than they are programmed to do, so if something goes wrong, it’s bound to be caused by human error rather than a computer fault.

Charlie Hook

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