It has long been said that most IT (Information Technology) people have what is called, "The Knack". Now, I know that some of you, who do not have "The Knack", might be wondering what it is? Well, "The Knack", is a "rare condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical ... and utter social ineptitude." For you people that need to hear things explained, here is a great sound clip talking about: "The Knack" (Full, MP3)* (This might take a little time to download).
I do believe that "The Knack" is a very true thing. I have "The Knack", or at least I would like to think so. Take for example Tuesday. My boss brought in the laser printer he is using at his house. He said it would not print, and it also said it had a paper jam, and that he could not find said jam. So, I took it in to my office, plugged it in, and tried to print a test page, but no luck. So, I figured out that it was not grabbing the paper, and the whole printer need to be rebuilt. So, I took the printer apart. Got the grabber working, gave the whole thing a really good cleaning, and reset all the circuit boards, gears, and motors. I also did put it back together, and it did work. I think it is important to say that I did not use any instruction manual for this, and I have never taken a laser printer apart and put it back together before. I just used "The Knack".
Also, back in the summer of 2002, my car's neutral start switch went bad, at a gas station, on my way to work. Knowing that I had to do something, cus both my parents were at work, and I had to get to work. So, I ripped apart my console, and figured out that I could use my seat warmer switch as a natural / starter switch. I knew nothing about my car, did not use a wiring diagram from a book, but I was able to get my car started, and got to work, only about 15 min late that morning.
It is things like this that make me feel like I have "The Knack".
Dilbert's Theorem on Salary states that engineers and scientists can never earn as much salary as business executives and sales people. This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation that is based on the following two postulates:
Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money
As every engineer knows: Work / Time = Power
Since Knowledge = Power, and Time = Money,
we have: Work / Money = Knowledge
Solving for Money, we get: Work / Knowledge = Money
Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity regardless of the amount of Work done.
CONCLUSION: The Less you Know, the More you Make.