Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make use a computer system

I am currently laid up with one of those summer bouts of man-flu. Drifting in and out of consciousness and feeling I must try to keep up with my e-mails lest I am to be hopelessly behind when I surface. However, one result is that I am even less tolerant than usual of the foibles of all those systems that are “as user friendly as a cornered rat“. I have blogged ad nauseam in the past about the failure of each generation of IT professionals to learn from its predecessors. In a few weeks we will learn whether it really is “the only profession that has passed from adolescence to senility without passing through maturity“. 

The British Computer Society is by no means perfect. How could it be, given that so many of its members took to the supposedly rational computing because they could not stomach the uncertainties of the real world? But it has made great strides forward since I gave up (nearly a decade ago) after 18 years as one of the handful of directly elected members of council.

The first time you debate the need for professionalism it is interesting. The second time you think you can contribute from past experience. The third time you wonder why people will never listen, let alone learn. The fourth time – you know it is time to retire 

I greatly respect some of the rebels and usually listen to them, but on this occasion they are in bad company. More-over, they are part of the problem, not the solution. The main flaws in the current structure were dictated by our recent, even worse flawed, charity legislation. I therefore had no problem in voting against all the rebel propositions.