Monday, 7 June 1999
The farewell party for the secretary is in full swing. She is off to a complete other job, at an other department. Well, it is more a ‘see you later’ than a ‘bye bye’. The other department is just one floor down. The bye bye is far less final than it seems.

It amazing but most bye bye’s precede a “meet-again”. Life lines, that have been parallel for some time, are linked by an invisible rubber band. It may take a few years, but eventually they'll meet again.

Thesis: There is nothing so temporary as a permanent bye bye.

It’s as if this thesis wants to proof itself. Just a bit later I run into an old colleague. It has been a year and a half since we last met, so there is quite a bit to catch up. A bye bye and a reunion within a couple of hours. A nice contrast, isn't it?

A completely different matter, which seems unrelated at first sight. Did you ever notice how long Quick-Fixes last? Whole ‘temporary’ computer systems celebrate one jubilee after the other. Just lately I got some questions on a ‘temporary’ expert system from 1993, a ‘Quick Fix' for a mainframe system from the seventies. Both systems are still up and running.

It’s easy to explain the long life of Quick Fixes. After implementation of the short term solution, the problem is not urgent any more. So the long term solution looses every priority. The focus shifts to new urgent problems.

Thesis: There is nothing so permanent as a temporary fix.

A temporary bye bye, till next week!