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(XKCD)   XKCD's wonderful, subtle tribute to Steve Jobs   (xkcd.com) divider line 206
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2011-10-06 10:21:09 AM  
so awesome...
 
2011-10-06 10:27:37 AM  
That is touching, and 100% awesome.

/this needs a green
 
2011-10-06 11:47:06 AM  
Just sent this to a few friends right before logging into fark. Awesome tribute.
 
2011-10-06 11:47:17 AM  
Dang...how long does that comic TAKE to finish loading?
 
2011-10-06 11:47:19 AM  
Nice.
 
2011-10-06 11:47:46 AM  
As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?
 
2011-10-06 11:47:55 AM  
I'm sure it's great, submitter, but it won't seem to load for me...
 
2011-10-06 11:49:02 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


The equivalent of the spinning hourglass in Windows.

Took me a moment to remember that I'm actually on my Windows 7 netbook and not on my Mac mini.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:19 AM  
I use a macbook pro at work, so I see that, a lot. It's like an hour glass icon on windows, letting you know the machine has just enough computing power at the moment to let you know it's computing.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:30 AM  
Is it the Eternal Flame one? I don't get it.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:49 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


It's the one-mouse-button version of the hourglass.
 
2011-10-06 11:49:58 AM  

PullItOut: Dang...how long does that comic TAKE to finish loading?


Handsome Jack Manitoba: I'm sure it's great, submitter, but it won't seem to load for me...


I'm 110% sure tons of people will ask those same questions and be completely serious.
 
2011-10-06 11:50:16 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?


Yes. (new window). Basically the Mac equivalent of the Windows hourglass.
 
2011-10-06 11:50:49 AM  
More like eternal flame-war
 
2011-10-06 11:50:57 AM  
:"(

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2011-10-06 11:51:28 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/Alt-Text: RIP, Gary
//The guy's some kind of magical heart-string-pulling deity.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:33 AM  
Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:39 AM  
Thanks guys. That is a really first-rate tribute.

XKCD is the best strip since Bloom County.
 
2011-10-06 11:51:45 AM  

Supes: Mambo Bananapatch: As a non-Apple devotee, I don't get it. Is it a Mac icon?

Yes. (new window). Basically the Mac equivalent of the Windows hourglassspinning plasmid.


fixed
 
2011-10-06 11:53:44 AM  
And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.
 
2011-10-06 11:54:32 AM  
Subtle?
 
2011-10-06 11:55:39 AM  

Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.


Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.
 
2011-10-06 11:55:51 AM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


He had resigned from his CEO position, so I think we can argue the streak remains alive.
 
2011-10-06 11:57:34 AM  

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.


Perhaps the problem is that your coworkers have machines from 1989.
 
2011-10-06 11:58:08 AM  
Blocked at work. Someone please repost.
 
2011-10-06 12:00:26 PM  
Here's Abstruse Goose's attempt. Nice, but not nearly as good as XKCD.

http://abstrusegoose.com/402
 
2011-10-06 12:00:32 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


He's done a lot for us.

My biggest "thank you" to him is funding Pixar and sticking with them through the hard times.
 
2011-10-06 12:00:53 PM  

Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.


your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?
 
2011-10-06 12:01:40 PM  

Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.


Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.
 
2011-10-06 12:01:47 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


Corporate greed must end now! But Apple's products are just tooo key-ute to stay mad at.
 
2011-10-06 12:02:32 PM  
lol thats great :)
 
2011-10-06 12:04:49 PM  
Excellent. And as per usual, the hover text really takes it to another level.
 
2011-10-06 12:05:22 PM  

saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?


He was told there would be no math.
 
2011-10-06 12:06:36 PM  
And for those that missed the alt text for that image:

"There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return."

/die-hard Apple fanboy
//most bummed
///Thanks for giving me a career, Steve
 
2011-10-06 12:07:04 PM  
I remember when XKCD was edgy.
 
2011-10-06 12:09:47 PM  
Any person who has ever been in marketing should have Job's picture in their office.

You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

/Except me
//I sound fat
 
2011-10-06 12:11:07 PM  

Treygreen13: And it was the first time anyone on Fark mourned the death of a CEO.


We've held out until a really rich one passed away. I was surprised to find out yesterday that he is somewhat notable for his lack of philanthropy... though that may change dramatically with his will.

If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China, he was really part of the company's vision and product line development as opposed to a mere hired-gun suit. Engineers and geeks everywhere have got to give some credit for that.
 
2011-10-06 12:11:57 PM  

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.
 
2011-10-06 12:12:44 PM  
I am confused, what the hell do all these posts have to do with Nancy Grace's huge earth shaking fart?
 
2011-10-06 12:13:06 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


FYI, that is not something that one does from their nose... not the most fitting tribute to someones' passing, you know what I'm saying.
 
2011-10-06 12:15:42 PM  
Looks like Apple (via NeXT) owns the patent to the busy cursor. I wonder if Microsoft pays royalties for the hourglass.

http://worldwide.espacenet.com

[next-spinny-magneto-optical.gif] -- I wish I could find the Keith Ohlfs original...
 
2011-10-06 12:15:51 PM  
End of a meme (new window)
 
2011-10-06 12:16:42 PM  
Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.
 
2011-10-06 12:16:45 PM  

bemis23: austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.

Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.


You just know all those requirements dont start with the IT guys. They know its going to ruin the machine. Its security and administration that like to load work computers with all sorts of laggy buggy shiat.

/know our IT staff
//they hate it as much as we do
 
2011-10-06 12:18:35 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: bemis23: austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.

Never doubt the ability of corporate IT to bog down a brand new machine with unbelievable amounts of crap. i'm running a 3-month old HP laptop at work (Elitebook 8440) and there is so much crap that loads and runs on startup by corporate mandate that running Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all at once is an exercise in frustration.

You just know all those requirements dont start with the IT guys. They know its going to ruin the machine. Its security and administration that like to load work computers with all sorts of laggy buggy shiat.

/know our IT staff
//they hate it as much as we do


Fair enough. I know a couple of the guys in IT and they do complain about the same crap.
 
2011-10-06 12:19:15 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


The Spicy Chicken Sandwich continues, the legacy lives on.
 
2011-10-06 12:19:15 PM  
Buncha crybabies.
 
2011-10-06 12:20:27 PM  

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


I got a little misty the other day when Wendy was talking about her dad. Dave Thomas was a truly good man.
 
2011-10-06 12:22:40 PM  

EatHam: End of a meme (new window)


That made me cry...
 
2011-10-06 12:22:48 PM  
Eirik
Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.


What OS was it, and did you or anyone else ever bother to attempt any repairs?

Classic OS 9 and older wasn't exactly my cup-o-tea admittedly. But OS X was a game changer. I migrated over, and only ever bothered to install XP on my iMac since the wife's glucose meter isn't Mac compatible. Macs will admittedly start to run slow if they have software problems, but only once have I ever gotten a system crash on OS X (bomb on 10.1). Every other time it's been 100% due to power failures.

Compared to the Registry on Windows, OS X is a breeze with it's Library folder. Just drop in and delete the extensions and system folders for programs you no longer use, and that's it. If the preferences folder becomes corrupt and prevents an application from starting, just delete the preferences file, and the next time you open the app it will automatically rebuild a brand-new file. That kind of automatic repair Windows doesn't even have.

The only 2 downsides with OS X are the lack of a built-in defrag utility, and in order to repair disk errors you have to boot from the Install CD rather than just scheduling a hard disk repair upon reboot. But it's worth the trade-off.

Other wise I have an old 700mHz G3 iMac. Load OS9 onto it, and it's OK for speeds. Load OS X 10.0 and suddenly it becomes faster. Keep upgrading it until 10.4 (last PowerPC compatible OS) and with each upgrade the damn thing will get faster and faster. OS Improvements for Mac products are worth the price. They don't just add new features, they also figure out how to manage real time data better. Especially when it comes to Dual-Core processing which can load balance threads on the OS level for 32bit & 64bit applications alike no matter what they are. Unlike how in the past to take advantage of the 2nd CPU the application itself had to be written to take advantage of that, i.e. Photoshop. Plus of course it's nice to be able to simply plug things in to get them to work. Not just from an PnP standpoint with devices, but how manufacturers nicely integrate software into the OS X, like they do with Printers and Scanners.

Even compared to the early days of OS X, Macs have become even more powerful computers. Comparing an abused machine in an office is like trying to test drive an abused rental cal. Give a new Mac a whirl and you might be pleasantly surprised.

RIP Jobs.
/Woz, you better make damn sure you're taking care of yourself!
 
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