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The History Is In The Shirts

Hemos posted more than 13 years ago | from the looking-back- dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 109

lloyd tabb writes "I've been walking around for years saying that the history of technology is best told through the Geek T-shirts that were made during the development process. Geek Shirts are funny, insightful and often the only record of what really happened. Recently, while cleaning out my closet, I realized that unless I did something, all this history was going to rot away. Anyway, so I hacked, and here it is,, Geek History through T-Shirts. It's a user contributed site, so get your shirts and ditigal camera and fire away."

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Geez... (1)

Vonn (218168) | more than 13 years ago | (#515241)

...they got a lot of free t-shirts at Netscape!

Re:Apple shirts! (2)

ckd (72611) | more than 13 years ago | (#515242)

The book is Apple T-Shirts: A Yearbook of History at Apple Computer by Gordon Thygeson, January 1998. The book's web site is, logically enough, [] .

Unfortunately the web site says that holiday shipments will be made on "Monday, December 20th" implying that the last update to the site was in late I don't know if it's still available.

Business Method Patents Northwest (you know who I mean :-) says it ships in "2-3 days", if you trust their estimates.

So... (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#515243)

The proof really WAS in the pudding!


Re:history is in the sizes (1)

Ptolemarch (11506) | more than 13 years ago | (#515244)

Try again. Container tags are like this: <tag> ... </tag>. *Non*-container tags are like this: <tag/>, and have been since XHTML.

ok i went through all of them .... (1)

pezpunk (205653) | more than 13 years ago | (#515245)

and the only one that's even remotely funny is the "zaro boogs" netscape t-shirt that only came in XXXXL.

geeks are such nerds.

Re:Apple shirts! (1)

spamtrap (84490) | more than 13 years ago | (#515246)

An Ex NeXT friend of mine has a T that says.. "The Gurney is the reward" Indeed it was..

Re:Geez... (1)

caferace (442) | more than 13 years ago | (#515247)

You aren't kidding. I've probably got at least 15, most of which aren't on

Software is like sex? (2)

Eric Green (627) | more than 13 years ago | (#515248)

Other history -- Linux Hardware Solutions, an early vendor of Linux-branded hardware that was later bought by VA Linux Systems, had huggers (the things you put cans into to keep them cool) with that quote on it. I have one in my memorabilia box.

What I wish I'd gotten, when I had the chance, was the LHS t-shirt with the Ghandi quote on it. That was so appropriate for the state of Linux at that time. Today, an appropriate t-shirt would have the word "Linux" with dollar signs all over it, because Linux is now a business, not a cult. Which is fine and dandy especially for someone like me who likes to eat! But it's good to remember that Linux survived just fine without the IBM's and Dells of the world.


Try Sun (1)

stubob (204064) | more than 13 years ago | (#515249)

I've probably got half a dozen Sun/Solaris/Java shirts from my dad in my apartment right now. And that's after picking the one I liked from the 3 or 4 he had. My favorite is "Friends Don't Let Friends Load Windows NT"

So now that Sun and Netscape have formed iPlanet, do they plan to take over the world with tshirts then?

I had a feeling you were going to say that.

Re:This needs some order (2)

baba (105606) | more than 13 years ago | (#515250)

Actually, the site is not based on SlashCode, but rather on Lloyd's own homebrew (and GPL licenced) code Harvey. []

Re:What about making your own? (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 13 years ago | (#515251)

Heh, when I was posting I had stileproject open in another window, I looked at it, thought if I had it on a T-shirt it would be funny (but tastless) and opted out of inculding the link.

I know my male friends would find it funny, but I bet I would be crucified by my female friends (and they are the ones who are more important to impress! :)

The Real Wang? (1)

FrankDrebin (238464) | more than 13 years ago | (#515252)

Definitely the funniest geek T has to be Martin on the Simpsons with his Wang T-shirt on the school bus saying something like I hope this commotion takes the attention away from my shirt!

I can't see the shirts (1)

Pseudonymus Bosch (3479) | more than 13 years ago | (#515253)

I can search for text, but when I arrive to a results page, I see the story of the t-shirt but I don't find the pictures. Are they there?


Clarissa (138745) | more than 13 years ago | (#515254)

That reminds me of the KMFMS image he did with Tux beating Bill Gates with a bat. It was my wallpaper for a while (when I was doing outsourced support for MS!) I'd LOVE to have it on a tee.

Interesting site but... (2)

rnturn (11092) | more than 13 years ago | (#515255)

None of the T-shirts were alll that old.

One I would have liked to have seen was the one that some guy wore to a DECUS Symposium years ago. It had printed on it the DCL code you needed to disable the VMS license manager. Apparently, DECUS officials quietly asked him to not wear it anymore.

Another one was from HP back in the '70s. The University was a beta site for MPE and got some goodies as a result. There was a poster that had a neat design and said `Homo Programmus'. One of the student admins (a classmate) got a T-shirt with that on it. I was bummed they didn't have more.


Re:Coolest one I had... (2)

AJWM (19027) | more than 13 years ago | (#515256)

Heh. An old girlfriend of mine, less than well-endowed, had one that read Minifloppies.

They weren't really (floppy, that is).

Re:What? No Joel Furr shirts? (2)

garyrich (30652) | more than 13 years ago | (#515257)

hmm... I've got a near mint Serdar Argic in a drawer somewhere. the huge iron-on type graphic doesn't breathe making it almost unwearable unless it's cold out.

Pity my wife gave the entire box of purple "WONK!" shirts to goodwill a while back. Damn, they were ugly

Geek shirts for girls? (1)

mariah (262831) | more than 13 years ago | (#515258)

Are there any companies out there that make girl-sized geek t-shirts? Most girls don't want to wear men's sized XL. They're way too baggy and don't look good. I'm 21 and I like to wear cute, small t-shirts. I want geek shirts that are made to fit women... small and form fitting :)

Re:somebody mirror this (1)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 13 years ago | (#515259)

slashdot, the best DoS attack ever...

Re:NCC and where are t-shirts prior to last 3-year (2)

chipuni (156625) | more than 13 years ago | (#515260)

Hah! Atari Computer Camp, 1982.

When I was in Atari Computer Camp, I had a T-shirt that the press [yes, the press covered Atari Computer Camp like flies] loved: it simply said, "My Computer Understands Me."

I wish that I still had that shirt.

I wish that my computer understood me.

My Favorite, and a Good Resource (5)

ewhac (5844) | more than 13 years ago | (#515261)

My favorite t-shirt was from Apple. It was done up as a MacOS error dialog, and read:

The Apple engineer "unknown" has unexpectedly quit.

[[Do something]] [Cancel]

with the arrow positioned over the [Cancel] button.

More generally, you can also get any shirt you want printed up and made available for sale at [] . Need a shirt printed up for your Quake clan? Toss 'em some artwork and they'll crank 'em out for you for $9.95 each. Go spelunking through their t-shirt index sometime; some of them are quite neat.


c:\dos (1)

kurisudes (258390) | more than 13 years ago | (#515262)

c:\dos c:\dos>run run\dos\run

Re:Question (1)

72beetle (177347) | more than 13 years ago | (#515263)

does anyone know how I can get goatse put on a t-shirt?

Sure do. There's a great company online called CafePress [] that you just upload images to, and they create a free storefront for you - you decide how much over the base price the user's cost is, and they do all the manufacturing, processing, and shipping, and cut you a check for the difference at the end of the month. Yes, there's NO OUT OF POCKET COSTS. Pardon the french, but it's a fucking brilliant business model. Wish I had thought of it!

a little late, but, Lars/Napster shirts (1)

zzendpad (84506) | more than 13 years ago | (#515264)

There are some shirts with artwork by BRUTE! (of KMFDM album cover fame, in the US anyway). They depict a large catlike creature with headphones and a sly grin, brandishing a large blunt object and claws above a cowering Lars Ulrich.

Re:Apple shirts! (2)

Twistor (174197) | more than 13 years ago | (#515265)

This is what first came to mind when I saw the post... there is a wonderful book of collected Apple tee-shirts that I once perused at the Lib. of Congress... can't remember the copyright date, though... the shirts went back to the late 70's IIRC and the Macintosh era tees were impressive. I also remember somewhere that door plaques were also used for projects (Microsoft did/does(?) this)... now those would make a nice addition to the museum.

Re:This needs some order (2)

AndyChrist (161262) | more than 13 years ago | (#515266)

Exactly. And a timeline-view, preferably with the ability to show different sections in the hierarchy alongside each other, would be nice, too.

its kinda hard (1)

gimpboy (34912) | more than 13 years ago | (#515267)

since its mostly dynamic/cgi pages.

use LaTeX? want an online reference manager that

Re:Question (1)

atrowe (209484) | more than 13 years ago | (#515268)

Here! []

-this post is completely on-topic and should not be modded down.

Re:What about making your own? (2)

NetJunkie (56134) | more than 13 years ago | (#515269)

My wife ordered that shirt, and that is one of her favorites.

I want (1)

Palin (3182) | more than 13 years ago | (#515270)

I want an Atari shirt! You know the Orange ones with the white logo. The problem is. I now need it in XXL!

And a web site! (2)

DreamerFi (78710) | more than 13 years ago | (#515271)

The book (which is here at amazon [] , by the way) has it's own web site [] as well.
I did a review of that book once for TidBITS [] , which you can find here []

I'm wearing a such item now... fresh from Goodwill (3)

SydBarrett (65592) | more than 13 years ago | (#515272)

This is creepy, right now I have on a old blue SGI/Cray tee-shirt. Got it at Goodwill for $1.00. Goodwill seems the best place to fond these.

Front: (With SGI logo) "My other computer is a Cray"

Back: (With Cray logo) "My other computer is a SGI"

I even have an old WOW by Compuserve t-shirt. They sent it out after the service went down. Yes, I did use that service for about 3 months. In addition, there's my old XYvision shirt I store from my father.

While not geeky, a great shirt I have to wear at bars has a few masks of angry faces and underneath:

"there is only one..."

And under that has the Xanax logo! It seems to be an offical company shirt. Yet another great Goodwill find. I guess I have to photograph and scan some of these.

I have a smart math teacher then... (1)

Bandwidth_ (91035) | more than 13 years ago | (#515273)

I have a smart math teacher then...He can both code, and he knew what my binary shirt said! I was pretty impressed.

(he had visited thinkgeek)


Re:He's right, definitely on topic. (1)

atrowe (209484) | more than 13 years ago | (#515274)

What's REALLY scary is that the t-shirts are available in kids sizes.

Re:c:\dos (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 13 years ago | (#515275)

obviously apple didnt know w95 had long file names else it would have said



Re:c:\dos (2)

Fervent (178271) | more than 13 years ago | (#515276)

How is this funny? It seems more like an admission of defeat to me.

Re:c:\dos (3)

prizog (42097) | more than 13 years ago | (#515277)

It's making fun of the fact that Micros~1 finally got long file names - something UNIX had had for quite some time and that Mac had had since 1984. Mac, of course, has a file-name-length-limit that's half of the limit of windows and 1/8th the limit of Linux (my kernel, anyway).
It's also making fun of the fact that W95 still had DOS underneath.

Re:history is in the sizes (1)

Jin_the_Wicked (242756) | more than 13 years ago | (#515278)

At least you can buy shirts in your size like that. I've been looking the last two hours and can't find anything smaller than a Large.

Guess it's some white paint and stencils for me. At least they'll be one of a kind. :)

Re:What about making your own? (1)

Dirk.Reiners (89339) | more than 13 years ago | (#515279)

Try, they let you upload your design and sell you (and everybody else) the shirts.

I have no personal experience with them, anybody care to comment how they work?

german tshirts (2)

crysogonus (142075) | more than 13 years ago | (#515280)

German tshirts are at interhemd nerdwear [] . With texts like "alt+f4" and "/* no comment */".

Re:Oh boy, something to do with my.... (2)

garyrich (30652) | more than 13 years ago | (#515281)

dozens of them. I'll bet the rest of the veterans of the HMS #poopdeck can come up with a complete set amongst us.

garyr (owner of probably the only car still sporting a DV/X bumper sticker)

sex, drugs and Unix (3)

Cato (8296) | more than 13 years ago | (#515282)

Not a T-shirt, but hey... Usenix '83 had a button saying 'Sex, Drugs and UNIX' (yes, Unix was cool once :) - a few years later, another one was produced after the invasion of suits into Unixland, and read 'Condoms, aspirin and POSIX'.

Re:What? No Joel Furr shirts? (3)

frankie (91710) | more than 13 years ago | (#515283)

(Anyone with these shirts and a digital camera wanna give these newbies a real "geek history through T-shirts" lesson?)

Agreed, Joel Furr [] made some damn fine stuff. But the RSA shirt is on geekt, BTW.

I still wear my Serdar Argic [] shirt in my standard rotation. I'll scan it tonight when I get home.

Hmm... would other Usenet shirts qualify as Geek T's? For example, Suicide Squid [] from rec.arts.comics.* ?

p.s. If anyone has a Green Card Lawyer shirt they don't wear, I want to buy it! (L or XL, clean, wearable, no holes) Anyone?

Re:history is in the sizes (1)

waynem77 (83902) | more than 13 years ago | (#515284)

Are you honestly asking me to pity you for being thin? Is that what you're asking? Oh, you poor, poor baby!

"I just eat and eat and eat, and I can't gain any weight. Woe is me."

"My Porsche and my new Ferarri can't both fit in my garage at the same time. I'll have to park one in the driveway. The horror!"

"So many attractive people want to have sex with me, I can't make up my mind. Pity me!"

Bite me, twig-boy.

history is in the sizes (5)

holzp (87423) | more than 13 years ago | (#515285)

before I know what a computer was, I was a medium. now i need to buy sysadmin size. (_._) -> my sysadmin sized belly.

Re:c:\dos (1)

cqnn (137172) | more than 13 years ago | (#515286)

But unfortunately it was a repeat of the ad that
Apple ran when IBM first introduced their version
of the PC. And shortly after Apple's products
started getting spanked in the marketplace.

It's that sort of blatant arrogance in the face
of changing market conditions that put Apple
where it is today.

Wow what an excellent storage medium (2)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 13 years ago | (#515288)

What's the MTBF on these things? Why stop at history? I'm going to start backing up my hard drive onto T-Shirts.

I had a few t-shirts i could send in, but... (1)

juliao (219156) | more than 13 years ago | (#515289)

but they seem to have been eaten by bugs :(

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge (1)

drivers (45076) | more than 13 years ago | (#515291)

My geekiest geek shirts are the ones I got from the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge. I still wear mine: second annual 1991-1992 (cool black one with a Cray on it) and third annual (which coincidentally has the names of the winners of the poster/t-shirt contest, one of which is the name of a prominent kuro5hin user, and who I also knew in college; I showed up at his dorm once and he was like "that's me on your shirt, by the way."

Apple shirts! (1)

Sabol (210513) | more than 13 years ago | (#515292)

Apple was a great company for geek tshirts. There may already be a site with a few of them, but it would be great to see all the old project and company tshirts again. Hopefully none of them are lost forever. This site is a great idea!

"error of type AM" (2)

wendyk (18350) | more than 13 years ago | (#515293)

my favorite geek shirt of all time is one that i got in 1996 at a macworld conference. the back
has a pseudo mac dialog box & says

Warning! Application programmer could not be
opened because of error of type AM!

it was advertising mactech magazine & you got it when you purchased a copy of code warrior...

Geek T-shirts forever! (2)

11thangel (103409) | more than 13 years ago | (#515294)

Geek T-shirts: the only way to call your math teacher dumb without getting in trouble. (see thinkgeek if you dont understand what i just said)

code... (1)

moz25 (262020) | more than 13 years ago | (#515295)

My favourite shirts have (well indented) code on them :-)


Re:history is in the sizes (2)

juliao (219156) | more than 13 years ago | (#515297)

before I know what a computer was, I was a medium

wow! and to think you threw away a gleaming career in the Occult Arts of Divination to become a geek...


somebody mirror this (2)

PD (9577) | more than 13 years ago | (#515299)

The server looks like it's already going to fall over. Somebody mirror these things quick.

T-shirts (2)

Apotsy (84148) | more than 13 years ago | (#515300)

There is also a book [] about T-shirts at Apple. The book only covers up to about 1995, but still there are over 2500 shirts listed in the book!

Re:history is in the sizes (1)

eric17 (53263) | more than 13 years ago | (#515301)

Maybe the "Twinkies Insure Prompt Service" sign wasn't the win-win you thought it was.

Re:I had a few t-shirts i could send in, but... (1)

localroger (258128) | more than 13 years ago | (#515302)

I had a few t-shirts i could send in, but they seem to have been eaten by bugs :-(

So stop programming in that bloated OO language, streamline your code, enable strong typing, and by the way how do errors in your program logic make your t-shirts...

...oh, those types of bugs.

Re:My Favorite, and a Good Resource (2)

TrinSF (183901) | more than 13 years ago | (#515303)

The browsing area isn't obvious from the home page. To be more precise, what you want is the store index [] listing shirt "stores" by type.

Hemos, you muppet (1)

chazR (41002) | more than 13 years ago | (#515304)

Next time you link to a new /code site, at least show some commonsense by grabbing the "Hemos" username.

I now 0wn I am so l33t I scare myself. Yadda Yadda. (Oh, mom, do I *have to go to bed now?)

Chaz the l33t 3kr1p7 k1dd13.

how many... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#515305)

how many "I (heart) my Amiga(tm)" shirts do
you think they're gonna get scans of?

Been there, done that (1)

rschroeder (186919) | more than 13 years ago | (#515306)

They've even got a book out!

Re:He's right, definitely on topic. (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#515307)

Kind of depends on your point of view, I guess. I know some guys who think it's the height of humor to teach their kids all sorts of inappropriate phrases and gestures, since kids can get away with it around strangers.


Re:c:\dos (5)

mmontour (2208) | more than 13 years ago | (#515308)

How about the Apple ad that ran just after Microsoft finaly launched the much-hyped Windows 95? It said simply:


Oddly enough....i'm wearing it.... (2)

Monty Worm (7264) | more than 13 years ago | (#515309)

This is strangely co-incidental, but I'm wearing what is probably the geekiest shirt I own.

It's a misprinted shirt: the stupid printer in the initial run printed the image on the back instead of the front, so it was printed again on the front.

It's the t-shirt sold as fundraising for a SF convention that has yet to happen (OdysseyCon 2001 [] .) A nice monolith w/stars and sunrise over a planetscape picture.

It just screams geeky to me - even if it's not part of history (yet).

IBM (3)

feydakin (161035) | more than 13 years ago | (#515310)

My favorite from way back in my Tandy days was a T we had made up that said - IBM..... You may find better, but you'll never pay more

Small World. (1)

TermAnnex (154514) | more than 13 years ago | (#515311)

It's amazing who you come across on slashdot.

I had exchanged emails with lloyd a while ago about his harvey system (what is using)

And now I see him submitting slashdot articles.

Soon I will be getting to know my neighbors better through slashdot.

Re:I want (1)

packphour (257276) | more than 13 years ago | (#515312)

HotTopic sells them here [] . They only list XL on this page, but you can access a "Plus Sizes" section by going straight to the front of their site [] .

Re:c:\dos (1)

jred (111898) | more than 13 years ago | (#515313)

it's in 8.3 filename format...

jred []

Re:Coolest one I had... (1)

billybob2001 (234675) | more than 13 years ago | (#515314)

That's Tera-ble

Made me Gig-gle though.

Re:My favorite geek t-shirt ... (1)

Wee (17189) | more than 13 years ago | (#515315)

He's just being a troll.

Get it? Like Torvalds couldn't come up with a good OS, so he's reduced to using C# on Win2K. Since Linux has failed and Microsoft has won [] and all...

What a weenie.


Now expecting and (2)

RomulusNR (29439) | more than 13 years ago | (#515316)

This is a great idea, socially and historically, but I hope they expand to other articles of clothing. My circa 1996 Yahoo! cap (contest runner up, baby! :) ) would probably go well there, not to mention a gaggle of nice polos and rugbys.

Anyway, Internet History is a good thing, and I love to see it collected and displayed.

take it tux tshirt (2)

segmond (34052) | more than 13 years ago | (#515317)

I am willing to pay as much as $50 for a take it tux tshirt!

Lost to history (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 13 years ago | (#515318)

I had a shirt from 1992 for the GRiD PalmPad, which was a handheld tablet that used Jeff Hawkins' handwriting recognition for data collection and was ruggedized to withstand a three-foot drop onto concrete (if you crossed your fingers :) Anyway, the shirt said, "Beat me, byte me, make me check bad writes." I thought that was pretty clever, and I wore it proudly on a vacation back home to the East Coast. When I got back to Fremont and unpacked my suitcase, it was nowhere to be found.


Re:My Favorite, and a Good Resource (1)

Edax Rarem (187218) | more than 13 years ago | (#515321)

Thoughout my younger years and currently I was/am an avid concert goer. I acquired quite a few T-shirts over the years that I just didn't want to get rid of them. Fortunately my mom is a fanatic quilter. I had her take all the oldies but goodies and make a killer quilt. One that I can't wait to give my grand-kids. "Here Billy, an nice quilt from Grandpa... Look there's Ozzy, RUSH, TOOL, The Grateful Dead and my favorite, the Frank Zappa one that reads 'Titties and Beer'. So, If you know a quilter...this is a great way to preserve your old T-shirts for a long time.

What? No Joel Furr shirts? (2)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 13 years ago | (#515325)

The Canter & Siegel T-shirt! The McElwaine T-shirt! The Serdar Argic "Howling Through The Wires" net world tour! "Will Create Newsgroups For Food"! "The net is full, go away!" The RSA-in-Perl "munition" shirt...

Ah, the list goes on. (Anyone with these shirts and a digital camera wanna give these newbies a real "geek history through T-shirts" lesson?)

NCC and where are t-shirts prior to last 3-years? (2)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 13 years ago | (#515326)

I think the explosion of geek t-shirts as a mode of expression and a symbol of being part of the geek world has arisen largely within the last few years due to online shopping and the rush of coolness associated with obscure slogans, or *gasp* source code on your T-shirt.

Most shirts made prior to this cultural rush were internal shirts made for product launches (team morale), or promotional shirts from early trade shows. Those would be very interesting indeed -- not the nth-million Mozilla shirt. Big yawn. The site only had one T from pre 1990. Not very exciting.

I've got National Computer Camps t's from the mid-80's. Anyone else go to NCC, back when there were only 2 campsites (national my ass! ;-).

My company had an oldest product T-shirt contest a few years back. Somebody won with a shirt from the 80s... pit stains and all!


Re:somebody mirror this (2)

swinge (176850) | more than 13 years ago | (#515327)

not just the from slashdot effect, but remember, web museums have been patented, so this'll be gone in no time.

geekshirts (2)

tobyjaffey (132850) | more than 13 years ago | (#515328)

If you're interested in Geek T-shirts, please visit [] . We have over 30 designs, some of which are printed by Copyleft, Thinkgeek and others.

All designs are available in open formats for any use, you're welcome to print or even sell designs. All we ask is that derived designs are distributed under the same license.

new submission (4)

po_boy (69692) | more than 13 years ago | (#515329)

lloyd tabb hacked and all I got was this slashdotted site.

Re:What about making your own? (1)

eudas (192703) | more than 13 years ago | (#515330)

you could put it with one of the pictures found on stileproject's "linux loving sluts" picture gallery, as well. ;)

here's a url:


IsItGeekOrNot (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 13 years ago | (#515331)

Isn't this application begging for an IsItGeekOrNot page?

I show my pride (1)

RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) | more than 13 years ago | (#515332)

I show my pride with custom T-Shirts. I design Linux, BSD, GNOME, KDE, etc. T-shirts then print them out.

Anyway, the point is that if you want to show that you "proudly run a non f***ed up OS", I suggust that you run down to Office Depot, buy some T-shrit transfers and design yourself a Tee. I like to put software projects that I have created/worked on on mine, but you could put anything on yours.

Oh... wait... this is Slashdot, not "Martha Stewert Living".

Oh boy, something to do with my.... (1)

kindbud (90044) | more than 13 years ago | (#515333)

...old Quarterdeck T-shirts.
  • DESQview/X - DOS to the Power of X
  • DESQview/X Solves Computing Problems
That's all I can remember off the top of my head. Have to go check the bottom of my dresser drawers...

Re:Wow what an excellent storage medium (1)

atrowe (209484) | more than 13 years ago | (#515334)

4,000 washes.

Re:somebody mirror this (1)

ltabb (198216) | more than 13 years ago | (#515335)

Its better now.

This needs some order (5)

mcc (14761) | more than 13 years ago | (#515336)

mcc [] begins his ramble

In general, slashcode [] is still designed as a linear news engine, not something like Everything [] designed more as a collaborative database being constantly revised in all directions. Still, the way they have geekt set up now, it seems to work just fine, so i wouldn't worry about that.

My only worry, though, is that unless they do some thinking ahead this site is not going to scale at ALL. Not because of shortcomings in slash; just because they haven't put any thought into what happens once this goes from some people sitting around and passing around pictures to a rather large database.

Specifically, every single posting seems way too isolated.

So, here are my humbly worthless two bits of advice to the maintainers of this page, should they read this article:

  • You need to modify the database entries for each shirt to contain the date the shirt was printed. You need this. Once you have a whole bunch of shirts and you can't just read the entire archive at a glance anymore, it will become pretty much impossible to understand anything's place within the grand scheme of things. Being able to see shirts listed chronologically from Bell Labs--UNIX Project to Linux 2.4 release instead of listed chronologically by post date-- which might as well be randomly shuffled-- would make things a great deal more interesting, not to mention meaningful. Knowing that "IAUMA" is from 1995 and not 1983 helps. A lot.

    (by the way-- how hard would it be to rig together a "return random t-shirt entry" thing? that would be nifty :) )

  • You ought to set up some kind of system where related t-shirts can be identified and linked together. Using slashdot's sections is nice. You may want to expand this, maybe into having each shirt be registered on a hierarchy of vague category->company->product or some such, so all your Power Macintosh G4 t-shirts aren't lumped together in a pile with obscure jokes involving AppleSoft BASIC. This really isn't important, but doing something like this, or some other way to hit a button on an entry and get similar and related t-shirts, would definitely make it much more interesting to browse your site later on. At the least, though, i would suggest you find ways to string together posts of shirts that were in series-- if someone goes through and notices that four of these netscape 4.5 t-shirts were printed at the same time in the same run (you usually see several variants of a single t-shirt being released at the same time, now don't you?) there should be a way to link them together as "same series".. you could use the comment areas for all this, but that will get unweildy *quick*. *shrug*
Also: What happens once people who are selling geek t-shirts-- copyleft, etc-- start posting all their new products on this site, essentially using it as free ad space? Is this something you want to encourage? If encouraged, do you want in some way to control it or segregate all the currently-for-sale t-shirts into a seperate section (since sold t-shirts would pretty quickly drown out "historical" t-shirts in volume) or maybe even charge for it?

All of this is, of course, assuming you're expecting for this to be something you seriously continue to update for a long time, and not something you work on for a few weeks, lose interest, and set it to drift (which is probably what would happen to it if I were in charge.. which is why it's a good thing i'm not in charge :) ).

So good luck, and fix those colours, boy!!

Re:What about making your own? (4)

MAXOMENOS (9802) | more than 13 years ago | (#515337)

I had been looking for one with the following quote: "Software is like sex, its better when its free." I can't find one anywhere so I think I will have to make my own. (Do it yourself, that's it!)

Linux General Store [] sells t-shirts with this slogan on them, just click here to get one. []

I had three of these things, and one should be hanging around's my favorite shirt, and I even went to geeks with guns in one of these [] (photo [] ).

Hope this helps.

ObJectBridge [] (GPL'd Java ODMG) needs volunteers.

jobs, gassee, and appliances (2)

ndpatel (185409) | more than 13 years ago | (#515338)

browsing through the apple t-shirt website, and i came across this one [] which celebrates john-louis gassee's triumph over steve jobs in building an open-architecture macintosh.

from the blurb:
Jean-Louis Gassée had always thought the Macintosh needed an open architecture, like the Apple II computers, to make it successful. However, this conflicted with Steve Jobs' view of the Mac as an "appliance."

does anyone else find it interesting that steve spent most of yesterday hyping his new, partially open-source OS and spiffy new PCI-based G4's, and that john-louis now makes internet appliances?

made me laugh.

shirt quilts (2)

peter303 (12292) | more than 13 years ago | (#515339)

I've seen several examples of quilts made out of
shirts at county fairs and such. Seen some with
running race themes, politic slogan themes,
and travel themes. Why not get your girlfriend
to do a nerd theme?

Coincidence (2)

ajs (35943) | more than 13 years ago | (#515340)

I just happen to be wearing my "Free the Berkeley 4.4!" shirt today from back when the AT&T vs. Berkeley suit was on everyone's mind, and we all wondered if we'd become wholy owned subsidiaries of the death star.

My other favorites:

The Madelbrot set USENIX shirt (Cincinatti, I think)

The OSI network model with "Financial" and "Political" added at the top of the stack with an arrow pointing to "Political" and a label: "You are here"

And for recent additions, I think "got root?" takes it.

quilt (2)

The Queen (56621) | more than 13 years ago | (#515341)

That is the most awesome idea! The trick, though, is to get the shirts away from your rocker before he wears holes in them beyond the point of repair. :-)

"I'm not a bitch, I just play one on /."

Re:c:\dos (1)

Hooptie (10094) | more than 13 years ago | (#515342)

Shouldn't that be



Re:My favorite geek t-shirt ... (1)

sheetsda (230887) | more than 13 years ago | (#515343)

Ah. I took it as something to the effect of, "Linus tried Win2k/C#, decided it was crap, then went on to make something better." (ignoring chronology of course)

"// this is the most hacked, evil, bastardized thing I've ever seen. kjb"

The Simpsons (3)

Tyrannosaurus (203173) | more than 13 years ago | (#515344)

Over the years, The Simpsons tv show has had a number of geek related t-shirt gags. My favorite involved Lisa joining a geek club. One of the geeks was wearing a shirt that read:


Lisa laughed at this and remarked "Only one person in a million would find that funny!"

To which another of the geeks replied, "Yes, we call that the Dennis Miller ratio."

Long live The Simpsons!!


hm.. (1)

slashdoter (151641) | more than 13 years ago | (#515345)

Is that Slashcode? That's original. Oh well let me see if I can run fast and grab the Nick CmdrTaco .


Coolest one I had... (2)

glebite (206150) | more than 13 years ago | (#515346)

was also a pickup line for geeks:

Don't be afraid baby - I won't byte but I might nibble a bit or two...

It was cute at the time...

Re:history is in the sizes (1)

Bill Fuckin' Gates (262364) | more than 13 years ago | (#515347)

Well you're in luck, amigo, because it is possible that Jennifer Lopez will fill the "token Latina" seat in Bush's administration now that Linda Chavez has opted out. Lopez obviously would benefit from an ass-based economy, and maybe now that she's in a position of power (over more than Puff Daddy), she can work to achieve this, which will make sysadmins everywhere wealthy men overnight! Then sysadmins will have it all: power over clueless users, money, and man-titties!

I think that Lopez would be an excellent choice for Secretary of Labor, because I'd like to "work that ass".

See you in hell,
Bill Fuckin' Gates®.

Re:My favorite geek t-shirt ... (1)

sheetsda (230887) | more than 13 years ago | (#515348)

hmmm... I can't seem to find that one. Perhaps its out of print? can you post a link? I see a poster with that text [] , but the pic is something else.

"// this is the most hacked, evil, bastardized thing I've ever seen. kjb"

What about making your own? (5)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 13 years ago | (#515349)

I love to wear one of my Linux shirts from Copyleft [] there is a small picture of Tux on the front, and a quote from Torvalds on the back: "The Linux Motto is 'Fear no danger.' Oops, wait, 'Do it yourself, that's it.'"

I was surprised by the reaction to the shirt, it went over very well even among non-geeks.

I had been looking for one with the following quote: "Software is like sex, its better when its free." I can't find one anywhere so I think I will have to make my own. (Do it yourself, that's it!)
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