__/ [John Bailo] on Sunday 08 January 2006 06:59 \__
> Once again, I delay a switch to Windows
> Saturday January 07, 2006 (08:56 AM GMT)
> By: Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
> "I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The biggest problem with Linux
> is boredom. You install your distribution, you set it up and tweak it until
> it works the way you like it, and after that -- nothing.
> Every time you turn on your Linux computer it works the same way it did
> last time you turned it on. You give it a command either as text (command
> line) or by pointing and clicking (GUI), and it does what you tell it
> without any fuss. This is fine if you're the kind of cold-blooded person
> who thinks of his computer as a work tool, but for a person who wants a
> relationship with a computer, this just doesn't do. A lover who is always
> the same doesn't inspire passion. Love requires not only tender moments but
> also conflict. And this is why it is easier to love Windows than Linux. "
Rapskat once posted a similar item to this group. He probably wouldn't have
minded if I repeated it:
Help! My computer is sick!!!
It really is, it?s got to be something serious!
Before, when I ran Windows, my computer never overstressed itself. It
knew the importance of frequent breaks and had no problem letting me know
when it was tired or just didn?t feel like doing anything. It took naps when
it wanted, rebooted often and never did more than its share. It was always
crying out for attention when it wanted it, it made me feel like I was
special and truly needed for its survival. I used to shower it with
expensive anti-malware programs and security software, frequent scandisks
and defrags, cleaned it up often to keep it running happily along. I made
sure I kept it safe from all the bugs and nasties running rampant out in the
cruel world. I took it to the shop ever so often so it could be groomed and
tuned up. Everything was fine!
It all started when I installed this "Linux" on it. Now, my computer just
works all the time, it never takes a break! It just keeps on going and going
like it was a machine! It never asks for a reboot like it used to all the
time, it never rests. I?m really concerned for it, it's like a constant
workaholic, always ready to do something else, no matter how massive the
task is - stuff that it wouldn't even think of doing before! It's downright
scary I tell you! I'm really afraid that it?s going to hurt itself, but it
never seems to mind at all.
Before, it was constantly crying out for attention and care. Now, it
never asks for anything, it?s like it?s some sort of automaton just waiting
for the next task to complete. It doesn't slow down, it doesn't reboot, it
doesn?t require the loving care and attention it used to demand all the
time. It doesn?t even succumb the to malware and nasties that used to be its
major phobia. It?s like it doesn't even care about them anymore, and it
refuses to even run the anti-virus I paid so much for. It takes care of
itself as if it were self-sufficient and only needs me to give it stuff to
It doesn?t even want all of the expensive gift software I bought for it,
it comes with all of its own programs and they are all workaholics too! They
do all the stuff the expensive software I bought even better and faster, but
it didn?t cost me anything. I didn?t even have to go out and download them,
they came with this new Linux thing.
Please, I'm begging you..what?s wrong with my dear computer? What
happened to the cuddly, bloated, expensive powderpuff it used to be, and
who is this sleek powerful workhorse of a beast in front of me? Please
help me, I'm so confused!