Introducción a los Métodos Numéricos
Departamento de Métodos Matemáticos y de Representación  
E.T.S. de Ingenieros de Caminos  
Universidade da Coruña   




  • "Computers in the future may weigh no more than one-and-a-half tonnes."
    - Popular Mechanics, 1949
  • "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
    - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
  • "I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last the year."
    - Chief Business Editor, Prentice Hall, 1957
  • "Yeah, microchips, but what... is it good for?"
    - an IBM senior enginner, 1968
  • "There is no reason anyone in the right state of mind will want a computer in their home."
    - Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.
  • "Bubble Memory, n.: A derogatory term, usually referring to a person's intelligence. See also vacuum tube."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programmes."
    - Maurice Wilkes discovers debugging, 1949.
  • "Endless Loop: n., see Loop, Endless."
  • "Loop, Endless: n., see Endless Loop."
    - Random Shack Data Processing Dictionary
  • "f u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng."
    - Anonymous
  • "You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN."
    - Alan Perlis
  • "ADA, n.: Something you need only know the name of to be an Expert in Computing. Useful in sentences like, "We had better develop an ADA awareness."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man."
    - Anonymous
  • "SOFTWARE, n.: Formal evening attire for female computer analysts."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "Reach out and grep someone.
    - Bell Labs Unix
  • "Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.
    - Programmers' World
  • "At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.
    - Anonymous
  • "Goto, n.: A programming tool that exists to allow structured programmers to complain about unstructured programmers.
    - Ray Simard
  • "Hardware, n.: The parts of a computer system that can be kicked."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "The world is coming to an end. Please log orff."
    - Posix 2.1.1 System Shutdown Message
  • "A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing."
    - Alex Lu, commenting on Java Programming
  • "BUG, n.: An undesirable, poorly-understood undocumented feature."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."
    - Brook's Law
  • "The C Programming Language: A new language which combines the flexibility of assembly language with the power of assembly language."
    - Murphy's Introduction to C
  • "User n.: A programmer who will believe anything you tell him."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "An elephant is a mouse with an operating system."
    - Anonymous
  • "Line Printer paper is strongest at the perforations."
    - Murphy's Law of Line Printers
  • "Pascal, n.: A programming language named after a man who would turn over in his grave if he knew about it."
    - The Chartered Institution of C Programmers
  • "C, n.: A programming language which was names thus because it cannot be named B after bees blocked it in a high-court case."
    - The Royal Society of Pascal Programmers
  • "C++, n.: C with fine print which is never quoted and no-one knows about; features which renders a correctly-written C programme useless."
    - The Royal Society of Pascal Programmers
  • "The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it."
    - Anonymous
  • "The New Testament offers the basis for modern computer coding theory, in the form of an affirmation of the binary number system. But let your communication be Yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."
    - Matthew 5:37
  • "The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.
    - FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers
  • "Every programme is a part of some other programme, and rarely fits."
    - The Complete Microsoft Internal Jokes, Vol.III
  • "When the programme refuses to work as intended, change the specification to fit the programme. It's easier than vice versa."
    - Briefing for new programmers joining Microsoft, 1995
  • "After I run your programme, let's make love like crazed weasels, okay?"
    - Alice Blair, in a cupboard with Alan Robertson
  • "During the next two hours, the network will be going up and down several times, often with lin~po_~{po~poz~ppo\~{ o n~po_ ~{o[po~y oodsou@No.w4k**n~po_ ~{ol;lkld;f;g;dd;po\~{o
  • "How many hardware engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    None: "We'll fix it in software."
  • "How many software engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    None: "We'll document it in the manual."
  • "How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    None: "Let's define darkness as the industry standard."
  • "How many tech writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    None: "The user can work it out."
  • "Real Programmers don't play tennis, or any other sport that requires you to change clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, and real programmers wear their climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up in the middle of the machine room."
    - Anonymous
  • "I haven't lost my mind, it's backed up on tape somewhere."
    - Anonymous
  • "Information Center, n.: A room staffed by professional computer people whose job it is to tell you why you cannot have the information you require."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "Real Time, adj.: Here and now, as opposed to fake time, which only occurs there and then."
    - The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studies
  • "Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle."
    - Steinbach's Guideline for Systems Programming
  • "If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong.
    - Norm Schryer
  • "Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one instruction - from which, by induction, one can deduce that every program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn't work."
    - Anonymous
  • "Microcomputers are the tool of the 80's. BASIC is the language that all of them use. So the sooner you learn BASIC, the sooner you will understand the microcomputer revolution."
    - 30 Hour BASIC Standard, 1981.
  • "I expect that any day now someone will invent a round thing which rolls along the ground and minimises friction, only it will need a 233-megahertz Pentium processor to do it."
    - Garry Harant, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia
  • "640k is enough for anyone, and by the way, what's a network?"
    - William Gates III, President of Microsoft Corporation, 1984.
  • "Linux is not portable."
    - Linus Torvalds.


Curso 2020/2021