I'm sorry if this sounds like bragging. (I'm not sorry about actually bragging, I'm just sorry about sounding like I am.)
I love when I manage to outsmart a computer, just by understanding how it thinks in general, not by actual education. (I haven't a clue about programming.)
The earliest and the latest examples come to mind. The latest one was just now: there was a large file I'd been downloading in Safari, which was interrupted by me putting the machine to sleep (as an experiment to see if it would be picked up again like my FTP app does). Then after it woke up again, I started the download, and it only downloaded as some tiny 4kb file. Trying again didn't change anything. So what did I do, I downloaded it in a different browser, and viola, it worked.
The earliest example was when I had my first computer in 1995, before I even got Internet. The wonderful and funny (but sadly no longer updated) book Mac Secrets by David Pogue had free apps, which came on floppy disk. I copied them (from my library copy) to my hard disk. But one of the zip files wouldn't unzip. I looked at it, and saw it had a dot in the file name before the usual dot designed to show where the suffix started (my.greatapp.hqx). So I figured this might be confusing the likkle machine mind, so I removed that dot. And viola, it unzipped. As a total newbie back then I felt especially pleased.
BTW, I know how you don't like typos and such in other blogs... [huh?] it's not "viola" (which is an instrument a bit bigger than a violin) but "voila", from French meaning "there it is". Or perhaps you were writing for your girlfriend named Viola? he he.
I just think "viola" is funnier. Besides it was my mother's middle name.