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Command Line Life Partner Wanted

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the cli-user-seeks-same dept.

GUI 503

emj writes "Craiglist offers an interesting approach to finding a life partner , summmary: "There is a sad truth to the world today. I am part of a dying breed of people known as "shell users." ... Because there are fewer and fewer of us, I must help keep our lineage alive. I am looking for someone to help me do this. I need a woman (obviously) who is willing to raise a child with me in the method of Unix."."

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hmmm... (5, Funny)

hbean (144582) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127274)

grep -i 'single white female' /usr2/home/women/*

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127382)

grep: /usr2/home/women/*: No such file or directory

*Sniff*

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

oliderid (710055) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127430)

grep -i 'white female' /home/me/Desktop/women/*

1256 pictures found.

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127536)

grep -i 'asian schoolgirl' /home/me/Desktop/women/*

*error insufficient memory

Re:hmmm... (2)

Rob Bos (3399) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127982)

That probably won't work - there's a limit to the number of files you can expand on the commandline with bash.

You probably want to do something like 'find -type f /home/me/Desktop/women | while read i;do grep "white female" "$i";done'.

Re:hmmm... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22128016)

man woman


Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127816)

basement# grep -i 'single white female' /usr2/home/women/*

Your mom

Re:hmmm... (-1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127596)

'/usr2'? u r such a usr of women. I'll bet you're one of those kinky folk, getting access via a hard link to /backup...

OK, I'll quit while I'm ahead. Or not...

Re:hmmm... (5, Funny)

ohtani (154270) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127748)

ohtani@darkstar:~$ man woman
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Re:hmmm... (4, Funny)

malkavian (9512) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127990)

root@SoupDragon:~/# man woman
No manual entry for woman

Which makes me wonder if the shell requirement is solely so he can make a Cron job and have automated entry?

Unichs? (4, Funny)

Wordsmith (183749) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127276)

Don't be silly. Unichs can't have children.

Re:Unichs? (5, Funny)

u-bend (1095729) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127360)

They're asexual. They respawn when killed.

Re:Unichs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127756)

I don't know about Unichs, but eunuchs are known to adopt children to bequeath their wealth to.

One things for sure (5, Funny)

clubhi (1086577) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127286)

This kid will get all the chicks.

I think I saw this movie... (0)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127294)

...when it was called "Pasty White Female."

"dying breed"? (5, Insightful)

neiko (846668) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127312)

I'm not sure I agree that shell users are a dying breed. Being a young developer (25yo) I and most, if not all, my co-workers are using a shell to develop and run unit debug/trace in. I think the amount of computer users in general has gone up so merely the ratio of shell/gui users has gone down.

Re:"dying breed"? (2, Interesting)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127456)

Eh, it probably depends on the language/environment. People who do a lot of *NIX work probably shell a lot more than people who work more on Macs or Windows machines. (I know, the Mac gives you a bad ass command prompt, but I only know one Mac owner out of many that uses it at all.) I've worked at a pretty wide variety of companies (I'm a consultant, mostly .NET or Java work lately) and I'd say the developers that I've met that used the shell are vastly in the minority. Not to say there weren't occasional tasks that most of those developers would use a shell for when necessary or that they didn't understand the shell, but for things that could reasonably be done with either the GUI or the shell, they used the GUI.

I haven't actually seen someone debug or trace from a shell in the workplace ever, though I've certainly done it myself back in college or on personal projects since.

Re:"dying breed"? (1, Interesting)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127540)

I'm not sure I agree that shell users are a dying breed.

Neither do I.

Over the last five years I've written just one non trivial GUI application. All my serious work is shell based. After all, who wants to waste precious clock cycles swapping out to refresh some widget?

And who-ever it was who thought tying computationally costly operations to fancy clock cycle consuming progress bars was a good idea should be shot.

Lastly, why does Vista take 45% of one CPU just to handle frequent console printfs?

Re:"dying breed"? (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127898)

The vast majority of my programming over the years has been script and utility programming, so it's off to the CLI for that. Having been raised on old TRS-80s and Commodores, graduating into MS-DOS and Xenix, I'm afraid I find the GUI a bit of a pain. You use it because it's there, but if I want to do any non-trivial copying or the like, it's off to the command line.

I can't imagine using *nix without sh or bash. I still prefer CLI apps as well. I use SLRN for my newsreader, because I find it faster, more streamlined and sensible.

I don't think I'm right or wrong. It's the way I do it. I've seen guys that can use the GUI like a finely-tuned instrument, so all the power to them.

Re:"dying breed"? (2, Insightful)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127930)

After all, who wants to waste precious clock cycles swapping out to refresh some widget?
Nah, CPU/RAM/Video card improvements render this point moot.
The real question is: Who wants to deal with vast amounts of UI library, tons of little form files, and intricate event models for managing all of the user state?
It's the 20% of the app taking 80% of the time, in addition to making all of that sweet logic you wrote kinda hard to use on multiple platforms.
UI stuff, while certainly important, can be some of the least fun parts of a project to work on. What's worse? Printing?

Re:"dying breed"? (1)

y86 (111726) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127778)

I code data feeds that run from UNIX / LINUX boxes than run to and from an IBM mainframe. It's all shell/PERL/JCL.

I don't see the IBM mainframe going away, and as the mainframe grows --- so does the TSO command line :-)

Re:"dying breed"? (1)

novakyu (636495) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127802)

I don't think he meant that ALL shell users are of a dying breed. It's a particular kind, mainly (FTFA):

We are an old-fashioned bunch, preferring the warm glow of a green screen full of text over the cold blockiness of a graphical interface.
i.e. He's too poor to afford a color LCD, or is allergic to red and blue for some reason. Or he may even be color-blind.

Gosh, it's been a long time since I've seen a true "black and white" CRT with green for "white".

Re:"dying breed"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127806)

You know what is a dying breed? Grammatically correct sentences. Start with the difference between amount and number and get back to us.

Re:"dying breed"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127916)

Agreed. I am 26, and I've been sticking on terminal screens since the age of 9.

and people wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127318)

And people wonder why there's this stereotype that linux users don't have girlfriends........

How they make children (5, Funny)

ORBAT (1050226) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127322)

who && gawk && uname && talk && date && wine && touch && unzip && strip && touch && finger && mount && fsck && more && yes; yes; more; yes; umount && make clean && sleep

Re:How they make children (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127338)

Just as long as they don't ctrl-C anytime after that.

Re:How they make children (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127476)

9 months later, fork() and spawn()

Re:How they make children (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127478)

You forgot "head".

...and "tail" (5, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127676)

very important, that one...

Re:How they make children (1)

sqldr (838964) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127920)

Your girlfriend has been lying to you. You can't make children by doing head.

Re:How they make children (5, Funny)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127490)

who && gawk && uname && talk && date && wine && touch && unzip && strip && touch && finger && mount && fsck && more && yes; yes; more; yes; umount && make clean && sleep

See, that's just laziness. What about parallel threads, exception handling, and race conditions? ;)

Re:How they make children (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127708)

See, that's just laziness. What about parallel threads, exception handling, and race conditions? ;)

It's all the same color where it matters, you insensitive clod!

Re:How they make children (5, Funny)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127742)

> and race conditions

How can you post something like that on MLK day?

(I expect at least one mod point for not forcing a really clunky "I have a d-ram" joke...)

Re:How they make children (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127776)

What about [...] race conditions?
No problem at all; the shell doesn't discriminate by skin color.

Re:How they make children (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127852)

...and race conditions?
They have drugs to treat premature ejaculations now I think...

fork (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127672)

Sadly, if they are following the UNIX method, all they need to make children is 'fork'.

Re:fork (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127962)

So then there's no need to pipe semanage into cervisia?

Saddening (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127328)

... that there is no e-mail there since being on the front page of /., he now stands a registerable chance of having that answered ;)

Any women in Maine for a 22 year old guy who also lives on the command line? I already know... no...

They hope to do it. (1)

killmofasta (460565) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127332)

In Ascii Animation. Call the kid Ski... Ahh, Ski.

Da-bum.

Just found the old codes to get light green on black.

Love that stuff.
ECHO (ESC)[10;0

Too bad, Im looking for a GUI Girl

Re:They hope to do it. (1)

Excen (686416) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127374)

Too bad, Im looking for a GUI Girl

Careful man, thats how you get viruses. . .

Re:They hope to do it. (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127566)

Personally, I'd go for a GGG Girl ;-) (Yeah, I know, the last G already stands for Girl...)

Re:They hope to do it. (1)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127660)

Good, giving, and game? Where's 'girl' in that, man?

Re:They hope to do it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127838)

I think she'd be pretty GUI by then.

Craiglist offers an interesting approach (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127336)

No it doesn't.

Look for an OS X woman (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127342)

Deep down, even if she doesn't know it, she's got Unix underneath, and whatever shell of choice one wants to run.

A UNIX relationship... (4, Funny)

hitchhikerjim (152744) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127344)

Hmm... a relationship consisting of short, efficient and flexible commands that can be combined in interesting ways. Sounds pretty good to me. But I've only seen it work in the BDSM world.

Re:A UNIX relationship... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127486)

Indeed, in the real world soon or later we all know they will be on plan 9, plans 1-8 just good enough.

Hey baby... (3, Funny)

Megane (129182) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127350)

...wanna fork()?

Re:Hey baby... (1)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127936)

Yeah baby let's do some unprotected forking, what's the worse that could happen? :(){ :|:& };:

Bah! (2, Funny)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127358)

Just fork and init FFS...

(what is this "mating" thing you speak of? It sounds as messy and inelegant as Visual Basic. Yuck).

(come to think of it, this may explain why there are so few shell users left...)

/P

Re:Bah! (1)

Tom (822) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127436)

Obviously, he's not using a bash or a C-shell, but rather a C++ shell. It's this OO thing where you have inheritence, and he's apparently talking about multiple-inheritence where your class has more than one parent class and inherits functions from both. Which is pretty gross when you think about it. Who wants a beer-drinking, nagging thing with both PMS and midlife crisis?

his kids will tame him or suffer (5, Insightful)

m0llusk (789903) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127362)

Most people aren't command line geeks because they have no desire for that. If this person has kids and empowers them then they might become anything, but if this idea of spawning a kind of clone persists then the kids are likely to be constrained, unhappy, and ultimately failures at life.

Re:his kids will tame him or suffer (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127652)

You must be a real hit at parties.

Re:his kids will tame him or suffer (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127822)

You would know...if YOU ever got invited to one.

No graphical interface ... (5, Funny)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127366)

Obviously, her looks are completely unimportant.

Binary Babe! (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127956)

No, some chicks most definitely look hotter than others in raw binary!

 

Don't live in the dark ages! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127392)

A modern computing system is not one that is run from the DOS commandline - it is a system that is tied in with the internet instead. Justhave a look at Vista with Aero for an example of this done right.
You need the outlook to connect in with the mass of email flowing around us every day. And then there is document collaboration - the sharing of Wordfiles and Excels between users across state boundries! Voice over IP, internet enabled 'surface' computing, and voice command interfaces - all tied together with .NET and the Aero interface.
The driving force behind this internet is the Microsoft Sharepoint Server - a central peice of systems software which connects all the send points together, in a synergistic kaleidoscope that achieves both balance and symmetry.
The smart Vendors know that in order to get ahead in the future IT,that means integrating with the internet.
And so, we will see more and vendors of the Linux remit their legalobligations to Microsoft, and then benefit by getting on board the .NET revolution.

Re:Don't live in the dark ages! (2, Insightful)

Keruo (771880) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127458)

> A modern computing system is not one that is run from the DOS commandline

Windows 2008 server core is not modern enough for you then? It is run from DOS(actually powershell) commandline.

Re:Don't live in the dark ages! (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127602)

Windows 2008 server core is not modern enough for you then?
We're on slashdot, dude! You're not supposed to praise anything Microsoft. ;-)

Re:Don't live in the dark ages! (4, Informative)

msuarezalvarez (667058) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127578)

A modern computing system is not one that is run from the DOS commandline

The DOS command line did not run a modern computing system not even when it was first released.

Re:Don't live in the dark ages! (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127856)

The DOS command line did not run a modern computing system not even when it was first released.
Every command line I've ever seen has all of one real UI difference with the DOS commandline -- variable color. That's it.

Now, there's a lot to be said for a keyboard-driven command window for general computer operation -- but showing feedback as slowly scrolling lines of text isn't it.

Re:Don't live in the dark ages! (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 5 years ago | (#22128008)

Every command line I've ever seen has all of one real UI difference with the DOS commandline -- variable color. That's it.
Command completion and searching for previous commands

A woman overheard this wrong... (1)

ProteusQ (665382) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127396)

and wondered if you needed a woman who was willing to raise a child with you in the method of eunuchs.

She just muttered, "Geeks..."

Worked for me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127398)

One of the very first things I did with my dad's computer as a child (of four years, mind you) was learn the Hayes/AT command set. Then I started dialing phone numbers with it. This was on a dumb terminal all without the burden of the Windows 3.1 Terminal app on our 386SX.

Shortly after that I taught myself how to work with DOS on a 486DX. QuickBASIC came about two or three years later.

Today I still have a bad habit of performing file operations through cmd.exe instead of Windows Explorer, have been programming in C# for a few years now, and can hold my own with (X)HTML and CSS.

Re:Worked for me. (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127854)

Reminds me of a batch file I wrote. It would start with a given pager number, and dial the next 100 numbers with the target number and (911) behind it. DDOS the bill collectors. :) Now no one has pagers...

What?! (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127406)

What utter nonsense it this? The power and versatility of the UNIX shell(s) is exactly why I and many others choose to work with UNIX. In fact, I tend to work more and more in ksh - my X desktop is almost exclusively a handy way to have several xterms open. If I only had the gui, I would get next to nothing done.

Do you "man bash"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127412)

Do you "man bash"?

Plan B (1)

xactuary (746078) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127414)

Good luck Dude. If this little shell game of yours doesn't work out, there's always the Eunuchs environment.

sex in the command line (2, Funny)

raffe (28595) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127424)

unzip, strip, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes,fsck,fsck,fsck,umount, sleep.

OMG WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127426)

*facepalms*

He almost had me going... (5, Funny)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127428)

Until I read this: I've been known to actually turn down offers of "two chicks at the same time."

Seriously though, I'd love to see the look on two girls' faces when this guy says, "Sorry ladies, I'm looking for a vi user, and you two look like you can't even use Word."

Re:He almost had me going... (3, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127622)

He didn't mention the cup.

What a poser (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127434)

N.B. - on the issue of relocation. I live in a place where my income/expense ratio is proper (i.e., greater than 2:1). I'm willing to live anywhere in the world where this remains true.
As if. A real Unix geek would use a symbolic link.

The most Ironic thing (2, Insightful)

techpawn (969834) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127446)

They admit to being part of a "dieing breed" yet he is still looking for a mate? Darwin is spinning in his grave...

Logo (1)

tiny69 (34486) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127480)

Don't forget to teach them Logo [mit.edu] .

Good luck raising that autistic kid (0, Flamebait)

metamatic (202216) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127496)

I figure two command line devotees will result in at least a case of the ass burgers.

reminds me of this (5, Insightful)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127498)

Reminds me of this old column by Joab Jackson [citypaper.com] :

Say you want to date a system administrator, or sysadmin for short. (And why wouldn't you? They rake in the phat bux for maintaining office computer networks.) The choice is clear: Go for someone specializing in Unix, not Windows. The Unix sysadmin may be slothful and go missing for entire weekends on a Dungeons and Dragons binge. But it's the Windows sysadmin who'll unwittingly hose you with a dangerous virus. And that's far worse.

What, you might ask, could the operating system a person chooses to spend time with possibly reveal? Everything...Windows is designed for people who don't want to spend a lot of time fooling with their computers. It simplifies tasks, giving us pretty boxes to point and click at.

...

Think about these qualities for a sec. Which would you rather have in a lover? Who would you rather have as an intimate -- someone who takes time to understand your quirks thoroughly, or someone who merely pushes your buttons whenever you malfunction? I'm not saying all Windows NT people are obedient, shallow half-wits driven only by desire for material gain. I'm just saying that if you want to fish a decent specimen from the dating pool, you might be better off starting on the Unix side.

My wife and I have this fight all the time (1)

Jeremy.DeGroot (878927) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127506)

I did not choose my mate based on her acceptance of the CLI lifestyle. We have no children yet, but when we do whether they are introduced to Windows or Linux computers first is going to be a protracted and difficult battle.

Re:My wife and I have this fight all the time (1)

maclizard (1029814) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127554)

My wife and I came to the compromise that I would give her a kid to raise her way if she would give me a kid to teach computers to in my way... So far, it hasn't panned out.

Obvious Fake (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127532)

C'mon, a unix admin even being offered "two chicks at the same time" is suspect. Him turning the offer down obviously makes this a fake.

Re:Obvious Fake (1)

TheRealZeus (1172755) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127612)

the obvious bullshit lies in "i've been known to turn down two chicks" but he is on CL begging for one.

Re:Obvious Fake (4, Insightful)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127714)

I know you're joking, but its time to fight the "geeks can't get laid" stereotype.

I don't know if I'm just not in the truly geeky end of the spectrum, but certainly in the area of "professional geeks" (developers, sysadmins, network admins etc.) I know very few who are single, and most of the ones who are don't have much trouble finding women, they just can't really be bothered with the dating game.

There was once a time when geeks were kinda freaky people you'd steer clear of, but that seems to have changed as more people get computers and an Internet connection, and start to find out that we were right about it being useful all along. Sure, it's still almost impossible to explain the job of a software developer to the average computer user, but then I can't comprehend what a professional accountant must do all day.

I only see one problem... (4, Funny)

Valar (167606) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127538)

I was quite sure that many women out there would find the ad very intriguing, until he got to the part about only using Vi. Seriously, why would you bring up your mental health conditions even before the first date?

Re:I only see one problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127690)

At least he didn't say... ... nano - size doesn't matter, it is how you use it. ... emacs - can't tell a text editor from an OS ... emacs - overcompensating for something ... ed - hurt me. please.

Intelligent atheist white man seeks sweetie (4, Funny)

nuxx (10153) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127620)

Don't forget the other UNIX-y posting where an Intelligent atheist white man seeks sweetie [craigslist.org] .

If he finds such a woman... (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127628)

He will have to propose. I wonder if he's going to go with diamond or a token ring?

kill() (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127664)

Is this luser aware of the fact that in Unix, it is perfectly legal for a child to kill its parent?

Great! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127686)

Maybe they can all make buggy whips for a hobby.

It seems to me ... (1)

sumiciu (685713) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127750)

... that this guy is confused about the purpose of the CLI in women.

New /. Service (1)

The Solitaire (1119147) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127782)

So I hear Slashdot is rolling out a new dating service: SlashHeart. I personally predict it'll be a huge success, judging by the great ability most /.ers have at picking up chicks.

And... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22127858)

/dev/null stared back across the room blankly at his ambiguous redirect.

Was this just grep at first sight or was he really vi-ing for her?

If only he'd promise not to bash her around anymore, settle down and stop chasing tail...

Had he lost his head or was it really in /usr/bin after all?!?

ONE child? (5, Funny)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127876)

He wants ONE child? Okay, so either he doesn't want his family to go anywhere or his grasp of the Unix way is very light. Of course he needs MANY children, each good at one and only one thing:

One child can read and write.
One child can do math.
One child knows how to operate a car.
And so on.

Then, in order to do anything useful he pipes together the children. That's the proper Unix way of founding a family.

I have a suggestion... (1)

Gamzarme (799219) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127890)

...you know that girl (now woman..maybe) in the first Jurassic Park, the whole "I know this, this is a Unix shell". Well, considering the time when that movie was released as opposed to now, she might just be the right age. And even if she doesn't fall within the whole "23-43" thing, take it as a sign to expand your lifestyle and 'live a little'. Who knows? You might just be scraping the legal age. Good luck!

How this could end up... (5, Funny)

E-Lad (1262) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127910)

[daleg@home]~$ ./significant-other
Reading configuration from ~/.sorc...
Welcome to GNU Significant Other! It's Monday, January 21, 2008:

   -- It is trash night.
   -- It is recycling night.
   -- Fault in dishwasher water supply was detected on 1/19/2008. Please address by 1/23/2008
   -- "Poker Night" appointment in calendar observed. This conflicts with "Movie with kids"
   -- Snow is predicted tomorrow during the evening. Please ready sho
^Z
[1]+  Stopped       ./significant-other
[daleg@home]~$

I can just hear it now! (5, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127912)

Because there are fewer and fewer of us, I must help keep our lineage alive. I am looking for someone to help me do this. I need a woman (obviously) who is willing to raise a child with me in the method of Unix."."
Mom: There's something billy wants to say to you dear...
Dad: What is it son?
Son: Well, ever since I was young I knew I was different... Not like the other boy you wanted me to play with and...
Dad: Billy? Are you telling us you're gay?
Son: No! Not that dad...
Dad: Well son what is it?
Son: I've been dual booting XP for weeks now! I want to use a GUI!
Dad: WHAT?!! I have no son!

*ALL* unix professionals use the shell (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 5 years ago | (#22127944)

yes I know , its a tongue in cheek article , but to be serious for a second - I personally have never come across a unix developer or admin or support person who didn't use the shell. If you really need to manhandle the OS beyond playing with a few desktop toys you have little alternative. So while no doubt shell (if you can call cmd.exe a shell) users in Windows are a dying breed, in Unix/Linux they're very much alive and well.
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