I remember reading this a while back, I think it was in the late nineties when I first read it, probably only a couple of years ago, but it feels like decades. I recently went back to the Dilbert website and started going through old cartoons. When I found this, I had to share.
Storyline is basically that Ratbert starts working at Dilbert’s company:
he goes around doing completely short-sighted and useless things to try and save money, but only succeeds in making work life harder for the engineers. Eventually:
(ha! ‘Deviant’ computer users!!! Mentality of the mid-nineties: If it ain’t Windows, it’s CRAP!)
People ask what kind of computer I use , I say Linux, they say ‘what?’, and I say “Here’s a nickel kid…”
The last cartoon shows why GNU/Linux computers aren’t used more frequently in the media and television:
OK, maybe it doesn’t completely explain it. Heck, there was a movie recently with Ashton Kutcher where his spy character used a T-Mobile G1 to do awesome spy-stuff. And now everybody and my brother has a little Linux computer in their hand (Under the name ‘Droid of course) You never know where the Unix spawn will show up next.
Obligatory blog post on the importance/uselessness/totally-awesome/totally-NOT -ness of an Ubuntu Tablet (which may or may not actually ever exist).
First, I think that a Linux powered tablet would be awesome. BUT, there are some caveats which I’ll get to soon. Right now, as far as I’m concerned, the best flavor for the job is Android for obvious reasons. However, I really love Ubuntu (and have for the past 6 years or so). What I love about it is how it gets better with each iteration. Easier to install, more user friendly, and packed with useful software, not to mention that it ‘just works’ right out of the box. Yes, GNU/Linux has come a long ass way from the early days of SLS and Yggdrasil. Even the distros that I started out with over 7 years after Linus built his first kernel: Red Hat, Gentoo, Mandriva, early Debian breeds, and others that required a working knowledge of partitioning and specialty disk formatting just to get to a spot where you might be able to load the X desktop and have it crash because of incompatibilities with your video card. I spent many a lonely, late night trying to install an old (Mandrake?) distro on a 486 that hated me back in the mid/late 90s.
but, I digest. This was supposed to be a quick word on a Linux Tablet.