A long time ago I came up with what I called the "Rules of Technology." In brief, they are:
- It works better if you plug it in.
- It works better if you turn it on.
- It sounds better if you turn it up.
There is also Murphy's Law of Performance Technology, gleaned after many, many stage performances involving tech. It states:
"Everything that can possibly go wrong already has--you just don't know it yet."
That being said, there is another side to technology than making it work--there's also not letting it control you. "Don't live to geek, geek to live!" is the LifeHacker mantra. The Rebel Dad came up with some really useful rules for that, including the counter to number 3: Sometimes it sounds better when you turn it off.
Five Tricks to Tame Technology - On Balance