- Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates; Auflage: 1 (November 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565926730
- ISBN-13: 978-1565926738
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 0,9 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 28 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 433.871 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
User Friendly: The Comic Strip (Hors Coll Us) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – November 1999
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Yes, it's a cliché, but it's true enough to be worth repeating: User Friendly is to the open-source world what Dilbert is to swarming hives of Windows cubicles. Set in an ISP company that keeps getting bought and sold, the constant remains a team of cynical, hilarious techies. M.B.A.s and marketers drift in and out, as do CEOs, often making statements like, "I can't surf the Web. I think the Internet is broken." For anyone who's dealt with similar situations, User Friendly is the ultimate in-joke.
To be fair, the comic is pretty basic in layout and execution. No one will confuse this book with a graphic novel, since the visuals basically exist only to further the punch line. (Think of a stripped-down Bloom County and you're getting close.) Lots of the jokes involve goofy, clichéd rants about the beauty of Quake, Linux, and Star Wars--the holy trinity for a white, wired, 18-26 year-old male audience. But when the author, Illiad, nails the bloated bureaucracy that exists in the tech working world, it's a laugh-out-loud payoff. In one comic, a new "suit" walks into the tech den and asks, What's "one thing that makes your job difficult, and we'll see about eliminating that." The chorus erupts: "Meetings." The new boss replies: "Very good. Now let's spend a few hours discussing why meetings make you unproductive." A comic that tilts at windmills and Windows, it's clear why User Friendly has developed such a strong online cult following. --Jennifer Buckendorff
User Friendly tells the story 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. Already in syndication in The National Post, one of Canada's leading national newspapers, and with a massive online following, it provides outsiders a lighthearted 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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Charles Schultz (Peanuts) was a master of characterization. Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) is a genius at representing theology, Scott Addams (Dilbert) at corporate culture. With User Friendly, Iliad has captured the geek ethic and programmer culture. He sees as a computer professional sees, plays Quake as they play Quake and eats sugar-rich foods as they do. In this anthology you'll expect to see Quake jokes, Microsoft jibes, corporate takeovers and accents that change more quickly than the bug list>for Windows 2000.
The only criticism I can raise is that having been spoilt by Gary Larson's "Prehistory of the Far Side", I would have liked to see some of the nuts & bolts behind the scenes, like a "Techniques" section or a "Ideas rejected by the editor" section.
Other than that, I sat and read it cover to cover. Every time I'd go to put it down, I'd hit another storyline and I wanted to see how it would end. The Star Wars storyline was my favourite. Yeah, Sith Lords *do* get the coolest lightsabers!
Whereas Dilbert requires an understanding of corporate life to really understand the humor, User Friendly requires only someone who has to deal with people whose lives revolve around computers - at work AND at home.
If there's a computer geek in your life, you need this book - for yourself as well as your significant cyborg.
Because of the missing strips, only 4 stars.
Wirklich lachen kann man allerdings nur, wenn man selbst in dieser Szene tätig ist oder zumindest genügend Hintergrundwissen hat. Sonst bleiben einem die vielen Anspielungen und Seitenhiebe auf die IT- und speziell die Linux-Welt verborgen.
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