Storm tracking on Linux and verses MS

Jeremy Anderson jeremy at
Mon Oct 8 18:03:32 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-10-07 at 23:29 -0400, D. Michael McIntyre wrote:
> On Sunday 07 October 2007, John DeCarlo wrote:
> > I know a better way.  Don't install the updates while you are standing
> > there.
> I haven't done this in a good bit, but the last time I did this, it was 
> something like:
> 1) install off CD
> 2) go to install desired user software
> 3) user software depends on newer versions of umpty packages
> 4) user has a miserable DSL connection that only barely qualifies as 
>    "broadband"
> 5) wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
> 6) answer two questions
> 7) done
> That was whatever was before whatever was before Dapper, I think.
> My problem was that I wasn't doing it often enough to be able to benefit from 
> putting together a better toolchain, but I was doing it often enough to get 
> really annoyed at the bother.
> Especially when the one family I hooked up with a perfect setup, even gave 
> them an entire COMPUTER, because the one they had was too out of date...  I 
> had everything perfect, with a custom theme they loved, based on their 
> favorite sports team, the whole nine yards.  One day the guy calls and asks 
> how to retrieve his emails now that he has formatted his hard drive and 
> installed Windows on the computer.  In order to open some stupid malware 
> email attachment his wife just couldn't live without.
> So now my motto is if you're too stupid to install the damn thing for 
> yourself, I really don't want to answer your questions anyway.  Bah humbug.  
> Let Linux be a geek OS.  I'm a geek.  I don't have a problem with that.  
> Inviting stupid people to use Linux just leads to insane things like that 
> stupid new file manager everybody is complaining about, or worse, the whole 
> Mac school of design certain members of the Rosegarden project are trying to 
> foist upon us, whereby we throw away 3/4 to 4/5 of our features, because 
> having too many features is too confusing.
> Bah.
> I hate catering to stupid people.  Which is to say anyone who isn't a geek 
> like me.
> It's a failing, I admit it.
> I'm glad there are still people out there who possess patience, because I 
> think I burned the last of mine up in 2005 or so.
> -- 
> D. Michael McIntyre 
My grandfather (89yo) was my hardest conversion ever.  He just didn't
understand anything.  Why doesn't it look like outlook express....
Where did my pictures go....  Computers are dumb...  


I talked to him last night after 2 months of only working with the
kubuntu 7.04 version that I put him on and he won't go back.  It took a
little while but now he can even find his own answers on the forums.  I
agree, it is hard to work with stupid users, but at the same time,
everyone was one.  

I know patience is sometimes hard to find but I think it is worth the
time at the end of the day.  

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