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Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Mai 2000

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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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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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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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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Evil Genii 11. Oktober 2014
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More techie humor about the employees of Columbia ISP. A collection of strip from 2000, so some references might be dated, but anyone who has done network administration, run a help desk, or even worked in a high-tech office should enjoy the antics of this crew.
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I chose this item from a Christmas list of a family member. He was happy to receive this gift which is out of print.
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You have to be a computer geek to understand the humor. If you are, and especially if you have a unix/linux background and/or have worked with internet or other computer support you will find this one of the most hysterical comics around.
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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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