Sunday, March 22, 2009

Save the "Shell" Users

Seen on Craigslist, a decidedly different kind of personal ad. Users of the Unix operating system are kind of the Amish of the computer world. They pride themselves on using a shell (text only) interface with lots of arcane commands - the more arcane, the better. Here's a fellow who is looking to keep his species around:

There is a sad truth to the world today. I am part of a dying breed of people known as "shell users." We are an old-fashioned bunch, preferring the warm glow of a green screen full of text over the cold blockiness of a graphical interface. We use ssh, scp, and even occassionally ftp. Back in the days before high-speed connections ("broadband"), we would dial up during off-hours to avoid being slammed with huge phone bills. The whole "Microsoft Windows" fad will fade away sooner or later, but in the interim, our kind is facing extinction.

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