Six Stages of Debugging
That can’t happen.
That doesn’t happen on my machine.
That shouldn’t happen.
Why does that happen?
Oh, I see.
How did that ever work?
[This is not mine. I posted it in the interest of personal archival because the oldest mention I could track down on the web appeared on a now-defunct weblog. In the meantime, Mike W. Cremer (who bills himself The Newton™ Scapegoat ☺) has claimed credit for coining it
after a particularly frustrating DMA debugging session
while slaving away on Dante (Newton OS 2.0). According to his account, this took place in Apple’s building at 5 Infinite Loop (nicknamed RD5 or IL5). The list was later to be found taped to Mike Engber’s door in IL2.]