|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|The IBM 2250 is impressive ...|
if you compare it with a system selling for a tenth its price.
-- D. Cohen
|The feeling persists that no one can simultaneously be a respectable writer|
and understand how a refrigerator works, just as no gentleman wears a brown
suit in the city. Colleges may be to blame. English majors are encouraged,
I know, to hate chemistry and physics, and to be proud because they are not
dull and creepy and humorless and war-oriented like the engineers across the
quad. And our most impressive critics have commonly been such English majors,
and they are squeamish about technology to this very day. So it is natural
for them to despise science fiction.
-- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., "Science Fiction"
|I've built a better model than the one at Data General|
For data bases vegetable, animal, and mineral
My OS handles CPUs with multiplexed duality;
My PL/1 compiler shows impressive functionality.
My storage system's better than magnetic core polarity,
You never have to bother checking out a bit for parity;
There isn't any reason to install non-static floor matting;
My disk drive has capacity for variable formatting.
I feel compelled to mention what I know to be a gloating point:
There's lots of room in memory for variables floating-point,
Which shows for input vegetable, animal, and mineral
I've built a better model than the one at Data General.
-- Steve Levine, "A Computer Song" (To the tune of
"Modern Major General", from "Pirates of Penzance",
by Gilbert & Sullivan)
|Invasion of the Dancing Penguin|
Those annoying, dancing cartoon characters embedded in software applications
are no longer confined to Microsoft programs. They have entered the realm
of Linux. A new Linux distribution under development, called LinTux,
promises to provide a more "user-friendly" environment through its "Dancing
Dancing Tux will "guide" users through the installation process and will be
a permanent fixture of the X root window. The LinTux staff demonstrated a
prototype version of the Dancing Tux program to this Humorix reporter. It
was certainly impressive, but, like the Dancing Paper Clip in Microsoft
Office, it becomes annoying very fast.
The one redeeming feature of LinTux is that, when the system is idle,
Dancing Tux becomes a make-shift screen saver. The animations included in
the prototype were quite amusing. For instance, in one scene, Tux chases
Bill Gates through an Antarctic backdrop. In another animation, Tux can be
seen drinking beers with his penguin pals and telling Microsoft jokes.
|It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without|
-- Miss Manners
|"What is striking, however, is the general layout and integration of the|
system. Debian is a truly elegant Linux distribution; great care has
been taken in the preparation of packages and their placement within the
system. The sheer number of packages available is also impressive...."
|<dark> Culus: Building a five-meter-high replica of the Empire State|
Building with paperclips is impressive. Doing it blindfolded is