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Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, The by Larry L. Constantine

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Chapter 17. Contrarion Conspiracy

New England is famed for its winters and its roads. We have colorful regional habits when it comes to marking our streets and byways. For example, New England street signs typically identify only cross streets, not the main thoroughfares. After all, so the Yankee logic goes, everyone should know Main Street or Massachusetts Avenue. What would be the point of marking them? A sign on an interstate may warn you that the exit for Middleboro is coming up in one mile, but at the exit it's labeled “Sherwood and Beanville Exit.” Then, at the bottom of the off ramp you are offered the choice of left to Merton or right to Chester! If you don't know where to turn, perhaps you have no business being there. I am convinced ...

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