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Murphy’s Laws of Computing :

1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.
4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
6. To err is human … to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, it is downright natural.
7. He who laughs last probably made a back-up.
8. If at first you do not succeed, blame your computer.
9. A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked perfectly.
10. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.

Murphy’s Laws For Freelancers…
1. The first edit that the client wants changes the entire layout of the site.
2. If you do not hear from your client from Monday through Thursday, it will come to pass that they will email you changes and modifications at 4:55pm Friday evening with a deadline of Monday 8:00am.
3. The intelligence of your client will always be inversely proportional to the complexity of the project to be undertaken.
4. The final “copy” is never final.
5. Depending on the budget, halfway through the development of a web site, someone in shipping announces that their sister’s roommate, “…started college this year for this stuff.” Your progress is halted until the 18 year-old with braces has filled half your code with center, font, marquee, and blink tags.
6. Your client will ALWAYS use the browser that your site looks worst in.
7. Half of your “first job” clients will worry more about animated gifs, background music and Flash intro screens more than they will about functionality.
8. At least one client in ten will have someone in the marketing department try to do one small page edit… using MSWord.
9a. At interviews, all potential clients will ask if you have experience with FrontPage.
9b. At those interviews, all potential clients get upset when you point and laugh hartily.

And the 10th Murphy’s Law of Freelancers is…

10. The “copy” that you got after they submitted their final “copy” is not final.

Courtesy Distant-Help.

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