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Wietse Venema Quotes

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Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

Related topics: Technology

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

The challenge with Postfix, or with any piece of software,
is to update software without introducing problems.
- Wietse Venema

Lack of documentation is becoming a problem for acceptance.
- Wietse Venema

 

At the time the Sendmail program had a very poor reputation
with respect to security,
with four root vulnerabilities per year for two successive years.
- Wietse Venema

I don't expect an overnight change of all desktops
to what the US Military used to call B3 level security.
And even that would not stop users from shooting themselves into the foot.
- Wietse Venema

Adding functionality is not just a matter of adding code.
- Wietse Venema

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One bug in an SMTP server can open up the whole machine for intrusion.
- Wietse Venema

Qmail out of the box works fine, so people will want
to use it regardless of licensing restrictions,
even when the software does not ship with their system software.
- Wietse Venema

My reply is: the software has no known bugs,
therefore it has not been updated.
- Wietse Venema

Like all software, Qmail can survive only when it keeps
up with changing requirements.
- Wietse Venema

For many people my software is something that you install and forget.
I like to keep it that way.
- Wietse Venema

The Postfix security model is based on keeping software simple and stupid.
- Wietse Venema

I want to avoid locking people into solutions that work only with Postfix.
People should have a choice in what software they want to use with Postfix,
be it anti-virus or otherwise.
- Wietse Venema

Writing software that's safe even in the presence of
bugs makes the challenge even more interesting.
- Wietse Venema

I was going to visit IBM for six months as a visiting scientist.
Now, six months is a lot of time, so I came with a
whole list of projects that I might want to work on.
- Wietse Venema

This will surprise some of your readers,
but my primary interest is not with computer security.
I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended.
- Wietse Venema

Postfix keeps running even if one Postfix process dies;
Windows requires that someone restarts the service.
- Wietse Venema

Sure, but competition is good for the user.
- Wietse Venema

Most of the effort in the software business goes into
the maintenance of code that already exists.
- Wietse Venema

As of today, the Postfix mail transport agent has almost 50,000 lines of code,
comments not included.
- Wietse Venema

Windows favors multi-threading, which means that a
service is implemented by one single process.
- Wietse Venema

However, writing software without defects is not sufficient.
In my experience, it is at least as difficult to write software that is safe -
that is,
software that behaves reasonably under adverse conditions.
- Wietse Venema

Coming back to the topic of computer security,
the TCP Wrapper is an example of such a safety net.
I wrote it when my systems were under attack by someone
who appeared to walk through walls.
- Wietse Venema

In a previous life I wrote the software that controlled my physics experiments.
That software had to deal with all kinds of possible failures in equipment.
That is probably where I learned to rely on multiple
safety nets inside and around my systems.
- Wietse Venema

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society,
is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
- Bertrand Russell

William Gladstone has not a single redeeming defect.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking
about things than to doing them.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed
when it cannot be overcome.
- Lillian Smith

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts,
the more needs and desires it finds.
- Saint Teresa of Avila

Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half.
The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.
- John Major

The fundamental problem with program maintenance is
that fixing a defect has a substantial chance of introducing another.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

One shining quality lends a lustre to another,
or hides some glaring defect.
- William Hazlitt

It really is a nice theory.
The only defect I think it has is probably common to
all philosophical theories.
It's wrong.
- Saul Kripke

To be suspicious is not a fault.
To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect.
- Lu Xun

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay,
in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual,
for what the gods had given him.
- Max Beerbohm

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
- James Russell Lowell

There is something wrong about the man who wants help.
There is somewhere a deep defect, a want,
in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
- Herman Melville

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect
than looseness of the bowels.
- John Calvin

If youth is a defect, it is one we outgrow too soon.
- Robert Lowell

It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
- Max Beerbohm

The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed
when it cannot be overcome.
- Jonathan Swift

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect,
excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
- John Henry Newman

Human material seems to have one major defect:
it does not like to be considered merely as human material.
It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must
resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.
- Czeslaw Milosz

In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage,
we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression
is more than a monstrous defect,
that it is also a crucial survival tool.
- Katherine Dunn

Now the idea about taking people abroad is that if
they come over to Cyprus,
which we have in mind, and bring their families and
would have the possibility to defect after they would
be ready to speak their mind,
well I hope so.
- Hans Blix

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard
them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions,
not sins.
Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them,
our share in the passion of Christ.
- C. S. Lewis

Memory depends very much on the perspicuity,
regularity, and order of our thoughts.
Many complain of the want of memory,
when the defect is in the judgment; and others,
by grasping at all, retain nothing.
- Thomas Fuller

There is also a perfection of degrees,
by which a person performs all the commands of God,
with the full exertion of all his powers,
without the least defect.
This is what the law of God requires,
but what the saints cannot attain to in this life.
- Charles Buck

There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -
more than anything else -
to become rich.
As long as they don't have the money,
it'll seem like a worthwhile goal.
Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -
and have always been.
- Benjamin Jowett

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten,
for the active power of the male seed tends to the
production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex;
while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
- Thomas Aquinas

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

When I see Spirit in everything, Peace is at hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott


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