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Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

J D Frazer
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4. Mai 2000 In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
The follow-up to the highly successful first collection of User Friendly comic strips from O'Reilly & Associates, Evil Genuises in a Nutshell tells the continuing tale of Columbia Internet, "the friendliest, hardest-working and most neurotic little Internet Service Provider in the world." Take three techs, two salespeople, a designer, two executives, a couple of administrative staff, mix in a mischievous Artificial Intelligence and a "dust puppy" born from the innards of a mega server, put them all together in a crowded little office, and you have the makings of one of the most off-beat, original and funny comic strips to come along in years. User Friendly reads like Dilbert for the Open Source community. With a massive online following, it provides outsiders a light-hearted look at the world of the hard core geek, and allows those who make their living dwelling in this world a chance to laugh at themselves. The User Friendly fan base is growing by almost 30% a month, and this title has the potential to help foster a greater sense of cultural identity between O'Reilly and its customer base. There is also the potential to attract a newer, younger audience who are fans of User Friendly but are not as familiar with O'Reilly.

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  • Taschenbuch: 132 Seiten
  • Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates (4. Mai 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 156592861X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565928619
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 20,3 x 0,9 cm
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I'm very familiar with the Nutshell books, what my pal Van Wolverton calls "propellerhead books," or books for the nerds among us. This is appropriate because nerds appreciate brevity. On the other hand, Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell appreciates levity.

I was guessing that maybe the book was about crazy computer scientists. And, in a way, it is! But more accurately, Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell is a collection of the User Friendly cartoon strips, originally published on the Internet at http://www.userfriendly.org/. The fuzzy-headed-with-feet guy on the book's cover is Dust Puppy, the strip's mascot (who is apparently very popular among the propellerheads; a copy of him secretly appears in the game Quake III). Other characters, familiar to anyone who works in high tech, also appear in the comic strip, as well as various foreign agents, domestic spies, and what possibly could be parodies of well-known computer geeks.

The book is funny--the only Nutshell book I've ever laughed at. The illustrations were obviously done on a computer in some bitmap graphics application, but they aren't bad (and don't tell me they're stupid unless you've tried it; it is hard). The humor is often subtle, but I occasionally found myself bursting out laughing. Like Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes, or even Married with Children, it takes a while to soak in the humor, but then it becomes addictive.

I recommend Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell if for no other reason than so you can have a truly funny computer book on your shelf. (Or in the WC, which is where I read it.) There is a follow-on called User Friendly the comic strip, also from O'Reilly. The more you're into technical things, the more you'll appreciate it. --Dan Gookin

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The follow-up to the highly successful first collection of User Friendly comic strips from O'Reilly & Associates, Evil Genuises in a Nutshell tells the continuing tale of Columbia Internet, "the friendliest, hardest-working and most neurotic little Internet Service Provider in the world." Take three techs, two salespeople, a designer, two executives, a couple of administrative staff, mix in a mischievous Artificial Intelligence and a "dust puppy" born from the innards of a mega server, put them all together in a crowded little office, and you have the makings of one of the most off-beat, original and funny comic strips to come along in years. User Friendly reads like Dilbert for the Open Source community. With a massive online following, it provides outsiders a light-hearted look at the world of the hard core geek, and allows those who make their living dwelling in this world a chance to laugh at themselves. The User Friendly fan base is growing by almost 30% a month, and this title has the potential to help foster a greater sense of cultural identity between O'Reilly and its customer base.

There is also the potential to attract a newer, younger audience who are fans of User Friendly but are not as familiar with O'Reilly.


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Format:Taschenbuch
Ask people how they feel about Dilbert. If they work in an office environment, chances are they love it. If not, chances are they'll say it's poorly drawn and unfunny. Let it be said that, unless you're an avid Slashdot reader or have a burning passion for Linux, you'll feel the same way about the comic strip User Friendly.
If you are a part of that culture, though, you will no doubt find many strips you'll want to photocopy and stick up on your walls. Not all of the jokes fly, but you will love the few that do, primarily because you can relate to them.
Some of the jokes are dated, and considering that many of the events referenced are not necessarily earth-shattering events, it would have been nice to have footnotes or an appendix with references. One joke shows everyone missing from the office on May 19, with the lone character asking if today is a public holiday. Some hard thinking might remind you that that was the day "Star Wars: Episode 1" was released to theaters. Years from now, no one will be able to understand this strip without some historial context.
Of course, the main reason I bought this book was for the cool cover design. As a proud owner of several O'Reilly "animal" books (I will buy no other computer manuals), I just had to have this one as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Illiad does it again. 2. Mai 2000
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The follow-up to the fantastic "User Friendly", this book continues with the excellent comic strips seen by computer geeks daily on the Internet. I recommend this book to everyone who likes computers and has a sense of humour!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A sequel without parallel! 5. Mai 2000
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Humor, Drama, Computers, Sex, Internet, Violence, more Humor, this book has it all. This is highly specialize humor, so if you are not a geek you may not fully appreciate the subtle wit contained within.
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Ask people how they feel about Dilbert. If they work in an office environment, chances are they love it. If not, chances are they'll say it's poorly drawn and unfunny. Let it be said that, unless you're an avid Slashdot reader or have a burning passion for Linux, you'll feel the same way about the comic strip User Friendly.
If you are a part of that culture, though, you will no doubt find many strips you'll want to photocopy and stick up on your walls. Not all of the jokes fly, but you will love the few that do, primarily because you can relate to them.
Some of the jokes are dated, and considering that many of the events referenced are not necessarily earth-shattering events, it would have been nice to have footnotes or an appendix with references. One joke shows everyone missing from the office on May 19, with the lone character asking if today is a public holiday. Some hard thinking might remind you that that was the day "Star Wars: Episode 1" was released to theaters. Years from now, no one will be able to understand this strip without some historial context.
Of course, the main reason I bought this book was for the cool cover design. As a proud owner of several O'Reilly "animal" books (I will buy no other computer manuals), I just had to have this one as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Truth Can be Funny 19. Februar 2001
Von Cliff Hutson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is one funny book. It truly captures the the world of IT, but puts a humorous slant to it. I read it almost from cover to cover and now frequently pick it up when I am in need of a laugh. I also like to post some of the topics on the door of my office. That bugs the heck out of our NT server folks, the jibes are a little too close to home for them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Geeks, Quake and a little romance! 1. Mai 2003
Von dpeach - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Follow the guys from Columbia Internet as they work through the day to day tasks of tech support with really stupid customers, deciding which Linux distro to install, and tips on fragging the enemy. As you read you will find that there really is such a thing as a stupid question.
This book holds a little entertainment for anyone that is interested in computers. Admittedly, there is a certain level of Linux understanding to enjoy the Microsoft jokes. I would not buy this book for the technophobe in your life.
The book is dated now (who really remembers what happened on May 19th 1999?). But that is part of the fun, trying to figure out what the world events were at the time of writing.
There is something for all you computer geeks. A parody of Lord of the Rings and quite a few references to the Phantom Menace will keep you in stitches. There is even a romance that buds at the end of the book. I think it is all fake though, or at least cannot be long lived. Have you ever heard of geeks and romance going together?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great coffee-table book. 5. Mai 2003
Von Nathan Eady - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you enjoyed User Friendly, you'll want this sequel. If you
haven't read User Friendly, then you'll want to look at that one
first, since this one follows it. Or go to userfriendly.org and
sample a few of the strips there -- but it's hard to take the
website to the bathroom with you or leave it on the coffee table
for family or friends to discover. Hence, the printed book.
This book picks up where User Friendly left off, and it's more
of the same. The quality of the strips has not dropped off; if
anything, these strips are better than the first ones. I quite
thoroughly enjoyed it. See also Root of all Evil.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Over 300 strips from 1999: some dated, most timeless 21. Juni 2005
Von Michele L. Worley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
"Three steps to completing your initiation as an Evil Genius:

1. Adopt ominous accent."

"Checkski."

"2. Never, ever smile."

"Checkski."

"3. Bring a wealthy, monopolistic multinational corporation that sells crappy operating systems to its knees."

"Am thinkink there is no way of doink number 2 and 3 at same time."

- Pitr, reading EVIL GENIUSES FOR DUMMIES

The comic strip USER FRIENDLY maintains a continuous storyline, so EVIL GENIUSES IN A NUTSHELL picks up where the first collection, USER FRIENDLY, left off. The main characters - the staff of Columbia Internet - were introduced in the first book.

Written and set during 1999, the year that THE MATRIX and STAR WARS I: THE PHANTOM MENACE were released, there are lots of then-topical references (such as the completely empty offices of Columbia Internet on May 19 and the ultimate possible evil release date for Quake III).

For instance, during one of Stef the marketing guy's dust-ups with Erwin the AI, Erwin is temporarily loaded into a Furby's toy body. (Gentle readers might remember the talking stuffed toys after a little thought.) After Stef destroys it and Erwin retaliates, Stef finds himself in big trouble with the NSA. :) At one point, Erwin ends up talking like Yoda after being stuffed into a reverse-Polish-notation calculator.

And there are plenty of fantasy elements (at least, if you're in management, you can tell yourself that's all they are). Crud the demonic entity, saying that Microsoft is passé, changes over to AOL. The techies have a holy war over which of the various flavours of Linux is The One (TM). Erwin tries to nuke a spammer, with Russia and China joining in. Pitr tries to solve some budget problems by seeking refunds for all the copies of 5 different versions of Windows Columbia Internet has acquired with their hardware. When Microsoft's anti-Linux team arrives, the coders do the logical thing: they sic the thugs onto Stef. Erwin messes with Stef's head when they get him back, almost turning him into a techie ("I'm thinking I should've taken the blue pill"), but Delilah from MS sales re-education changes him back. In between, the techs play with Half-Life, Alpha Centauri, and Rainbow Six. (When a Terminator-like engineer's brain is replaced by a Pentium III chip, our heroes only notice him because his shotgun is a cool Quake weapon.)

*No* real life techies would try to shop a colleague onto the graveyard tech support shift, would they? No sleazy marketing guy would order sleek new computer gear just to impress a good-looking female techie would he? Just fantasy elements.

Right.

Not many Y2K strips, although the techies do prepare, because while Columbia Internet is compliant they're betting that Windows isn't, and that their clients will blame them. (The next collection, THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, deals with the post-Y2K letdown.)

New characters:

- Artur the possessed engineer, who talks like Ahnold

- Matt the sea urchin, a new friend of Dust Puppy's rescued from a sushi bar
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