Saturday, October 06, 2007

Everyday Engineering

Starts out with a discussion of "windscreen". Funny story: a few years ago, a English colleague cracked his windshield, but couldn't figure out how to replace it. Why? His internet and yellowbook searches were based all based on "windscreen", not "windshield".

Always remember : "If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it." - a version of Murphy's Law

Futher reading: Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

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