55529Re: [linux] Re: Whatever happened to "Linux Magazine"? Warning: RANT
- Apr 2, 2009You know... this is the first lecture I give in the Intro to Linux
class I teach at the local community college.
The nutshell version is that, on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being highest...
Prior to 1995, the average skill level of computer users, be they
Dos/Windows 1,2,or 3.x, Unix, MacOS, or whatever was around 75-80 on
the scale. After the advent of Windows 95, that average skill level
dropped to about 35. The law of averages. The reason being that
after 95, everyone and their brother could point and click their way
around a computer and not have to understand anything at all, hence
the worst tech support line ever: I can't get my AOL.
This was both a Good Thing[tm] in that now everyone could have access
to the power of computers, and a Bad Thing[tm] because those same
people had no clue. Add on to that Microsoft's stragegy of
monopolization in the desktop/home-user space and we get what we have
today. MS dominating those markets with nearly 95% ownership, and the
virus of the day being spread because the people who write virii and
worms target the most number of systems with the least amount of work.
But I'm just preaching to the choir, here. We all know this, and know
it well. And I share in your frustration over this (try teaching
Linux to a group of people who have never known anything BUT Windows
95 or later). The students I get that have some Unix or pre Win9x
experience are usually the ones that do well, and the ones that have
never left a GUI have that idiot mindset.
But the same can be said for any other piece of technology too. How
many people could actually tell you HOW a car works? Even in the
basic terms... and how many of those would just go insane trying to
wrap their minds around the fact that an internal combustion engine is
really nothing more than a powerful air pump, because in reality,
that's all it is. And how many of them could even tell you how to do
basic things like changing oil, rotating tire, or hell, even putting a
spare tire on? Not too many...
So the point is, I am in agreement with you and hate Windows for this
very reason. On the other hand, I also use Windows for certain tasks
because, quite honestly, it is the best tool for some jobs. I'm a
mechanic... and I have lots of tools, and I use the right one when I
need to, but...
My windows Host files are usually several thousand lines long and
route most all ad servers I know of to localhost. speeds up surfing,
and no popups. Firefox's popup blocker catches the rest ;-)
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