Always Believe In Murphy’s Law


To the certainty of death and taxes, we must add Murphy’s Law.

For those of you unfamiliar with that law it states, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”

Yesterday, I posted the article The Solution To The Windows-XP Conundrum. In that post, I noted  that Microsoft gives you two solutions to the problem of Windows-XP becoming unsupported in April. Both of Microsoft’s solutions wipe out your ability to run programs that you had on the old Windows-XP machine.  In that post, I also noted that there is another option that allows you to use another operating system, Linux, on your old machine while preserving the ability to run Windows-XP if you have to.

Being an extremely firm believer in Murphy’s Law, I chose the option that preserves Windows-XP.  I implemented that option yesterday instead of one of those Microsoft options.

Today, I received a letter from my sister asking me to find some old documents from 1993 and 1994.  I have some documents on file that are in Adobe FrameMaker format.  The only machine that I have that still has Adobe FrameMaker on it is the Windows-XP machine.  If I had wiped out the ability to run Windows-XP yesterday, I would not have been able to look at those files today.

You never need 20 year old documents until exactly the day after you eliminate the capability to read them.  Since I knew of that problem, I preserved my ability to read them.

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