10 Apr GIGO
Garbage In, Garbage Out. This is the arrogance and frailty of early programmers. If the input was not exactly what the computer expected, then it was garbage, and the only possible output would be garbage. For the first several decades of computing, this paradigm stood, much to the consternation of most users. We are beginning to turn a corner in which the computer will attempt to deliver good output even with imperfect input.