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"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." - C.A.R. Hoare
In the old days, people blindly replied on what their priest was saying witout using their own common sense. Personally, I think that could have far more grave consequences that getting your car stuck in the mud after heavy rain.
Years ago we drove from Sydney to Melbourne and along the way took a detour in a town for fuel refill. Then Google took us on some internal road for an hour just to reach at the end of the road there was a very big ditch and on the other side was highway. We ware wise to turn back and drove back the whole way again. Didn't try to jump the car like in movies !
Zen and the art of software maintenance : rm -rf *
Maths is like love : a simple idea but it can get complicated.
Outsourcing one's own brain has a long tradition. What technology is now, was (and in many parts of the world still is) religion: A set of rules, some of them having a deeper sense (no one cares about because you don't question religion), some of them entirely nonsensical (which you still follow) and oddly enough, the most popular religions are the ones dictating every single aspect of life.
When I think of an acquaintance of mine who is, let's say, odd, some people really need such a book to protect them from essentially themselves.
Re: When people blindly rely on technology without using their own common sense
Why hasn't anyone corrected it? Clearly OP meant to write "Rely". Maybe the auto-correct feature changed it to "Reply".
Also here is a devastating example of following paper-based maps, making bad decisions on whether to turn back or continue on, not knowing the lay of the land, and not understanding the size / scope and operation of a European military base vs. North American military base.
Anyone that relies on maps (paper-based, or electronic) should be encouraged to read this story The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans[^]
Last November I had an urgent request to go in to the office to set up an industrial PC that was to be shipped out to a customer in the Netherlands. I went in for two or three days to complete the setup. I emailed those concerned to let them know it was ready and left it on the table in the office, labelled with the appropriate contract number.
It stayed there until last week. At that point I was asked to travel to the customer site this week to do the installation and other updates to the machine of which the PC is a part. I reminded them that the PC hadn't yet been shipped and told them (again) where it was. They promised to ship it so that it would arrive before me.
I got here to the Netherlands to find that some fool back in the UK had shipped the wrong PC - a brand new one with no setup at all. Since I had a very tight deadline I began setting up the new one and at the same time demanded they ship the HDD from the correct PC overnight. The HDD arrived a day and a half later, by which time I had already completed and updated the new setup, so I decided not to use the shipped HDD. The newly set up PC was working perfectly.
I came in this morning to do some final checks before heading to the airport to find the new PC reporting a SMART failure on its HDD and refusing to run! What a good job I had a spare HDD (although, of course, I wouldn't have needed a spare if they had shipped the correct PC in the first place).
So now I've spent a happy time recovering updated files from the failed HDD to get back to where we were last night.
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Phil, I feel your pain. We go through that crap all the time, since we use industrial PC's to control our systems. One of my roles as the DSJB(*) is Creator-Of-Windows-10-Images, where I get to go through all the cumbersome claptrap required to create an image ready for installation on new hardware. It typically takes anywhere from a couple days to a week, depending upon how much work it takes to locate motherboard drivers, etc.