Fear of Fritterware: The Nightmare Before Christmas

STFU Gerard. It's Christmas ferchristsake.
Have a fucking holiday. Chill. Eat some turkey.
Enjoy the view. Take the wife for a beach drive.
Throw some dough at the Salvation Army kettle.
Burp. And love life old man. Love it like it's
the last one one you'll get. Smile. Grin. Laugh
out loud. Be of good cheer Gerard, tis the ...
season. Merry Christmas my friend.

Posted by Steel Turman at December 24, 2004 9:20 AM

I go the other route. I spec it and build my own. Kind of rules out Macs, but I have built a few dozen PCs and Linux boxes in my day.

I administer a reign of terror over my machines as complete and terrible as Stalin himself might run, were he living in these times.

I have no troubles. Only specifications and utter compliance to my unbending will.

Posted by The Colossus at December 24, 2004 9:54 AM

In the previous millenium, I bought software and PCs like my parents bought Chevys, every two years or when the ashtray got full, whichever came first. But now, unless you're a gamer or pathological mp3 collector, who needs a 'leventy gigahertz processor and terabyte disk drives? I suspect part of the commoditization of the PC market comes from the dreary fact that every upgrade is the same old sh*t, only more so.

I don't want a computer, I want a robot that does all this stuff with me just telling him. Oh, and it IS the 21st Century--so where's my damn flying car?

Posted by slimedog at December 24, 2004 11:18 AM

LOL from someone who spent Xmas festooning her new Panther OS with themes, rearranging her fonts, tweaking the preferences, downloading trivial shareware, and organizing her mp3s.

Posted by Yehudit at December 25, 2004 6:22 PM

ROFLMAO! Great diatribe! Being a computer geek extrordinaire (somewhat like The Colossus, but with less Linux experience), I can understand the love/hate relationship with a new computer.

Heck, I just wanted a fully loaded Fragbook DR 6800 from Falcon Northwest (with the American flag theme painjob and matching mouse)...and my two front teeth. Thank God I still have my two front teeth. ;)

BTW, I linked this article at my site. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Michael Jones at December 26, 2004 9:26 PM