Definition: “Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.”
Or put another way: “Keep it simple. The most obvious answer is likely to be the right one.”
Apparently, there’s no Occam’s razoring when it comes to computer issues. One starts with the most complicated, the direst, the most difficult, the tech-i-est, the most demanding, the most frustrating, the most complex, the most confusing, the most upsetting, the most time-consuming hypotheses possible.
For eight months now, we’ve been living in a world of hurt, confusion, and despair.
All brought on by malfunctioning computer systems.
At some point, I channeled Mr. Occam and suggested that the Mister’s new computer, and its equally evil twin, the printer, simply be returned and exchanged for new ones. Sort of like an errant blender or bad toaster. It seemed, to the uninitiated, to be a good idea. And, besides, I had Mr. Occam on my side.
But, oh no. That would have been far too easy.
The excuses for not following that simple suggestion were too many to mention. And way above my pay grade to challenge.
Mr. Occam’s philosophy went unheeded. Time and time again.
And this is how it ends. Maybe.
Computer and printer are in the trunk of his car. On their way to being returned. And exchanged. Simply. And, I hope, successfully.
Mr. Occam and I are not saying anything remotely like “We told you so” but we sure are thinking it.