6 true and tested IT superstitions

What dark powers do geeks turn to in times of need?

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5. Watch your step

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There's another bit of superstition that falls under the category of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Though IT gurus are often loath to admit that they don't know everything about what goes on inside their boxes, they can be hesitant to mess with something that works, even if it's baffling. Chris Harrold, the principal consulting engineer at Sanity Solutions, describes this mindset: "The 'Repeat without questioning' superstition says that if the steps you took to fix a problem worked, you must take those same steps again, regardless of what step actually fixed the problem. Really, this is probably just laziness in not figuring out what actually fixed the first issue, but this superstition persists nonetheless."

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