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Signs that you have really grown up with Linux

  1. You used to spend hours/days configuring your desktop with super-cool graphics, 3D effects, translucent menus and panels, icons which jump and what not. Not any more. . You find anything flashy (especially with funky fonts) as a desktop setting completely juvenile. . Stuff only 2nd year CS BTech students find amusing!
  2. You no longer do a Full install of every distro you are trying. . You have realized (better late than never) that the chance of you using a text-based web browser or a telephone modem is less than that of you willingly, enthusiastically registering for theΒ  “Communication Skills” course in IITD!
  3. The biggest mistakes of your life involve typing ‘rm -rf *’ in the wrong directory and/or very confidently formatting the wrong partition using fdisk.
  4. You absolutely HATE it when ppl run linux on virtual machines on windows for no other reason than that their machine’s warrantee becomes void if they install linux. .Β  It is sheer blasphemy. You involuntarily and unreasonably hate such ppl as well.
  5. You really really want to cut 50% marks for students who come for lab assignment demos & say that they don’t know how to run their program on linux, cos they did it on a windows machine! (of course, you don’t cut marks. . ur professional sense kicks in – sadly)
  6. You curse when someone trying to use your linux machine complains that there is no ‘Refresh’ option in the menu you get on right clicking on the Desktop (Grrrrrrrr)
  7. You don’t understand why ppl want to use pen drives to transfer data from machine A to machine B, both connected to the campus LAN. You, of course, have almost nil use for 2GB pen drives cos you use scp for data transfer, and these usb drives are too small to function as live-usb disks of that latest distro’s DVD.
  8. When someone asks you “What anti-virus software do you use?”, you blink (obviously receiving some weird looks)
  9. When the same someone asks you “Can you tell me how to set upΒ  XYZ on Windows 7?”, you say “ummm. .. i’m sorry. . but I don’t remember windows menus much. . and in any case, I have never used any Windows version after XP” (they have now decided that CSE, IITD took you in by mistake. . a BIG mistake)
  10. The people you curse the worst and most frequently are the Computer Service Centre junta who have deemed that Phd students who have ‘unlimited usage’ internet accounts should not ‘over-use’ their internet accounts => You can not update your linux machines as often as you would like or download and install as many cool new apps as would love to!!! (%#@$@%@#!! CSC)
  11. When your machine fails for some weird reason (more often than not, cos of your own crazy ‘experiments’), your heart skips a beat and an evil grin magically appears on your face – for this gives you a legitimate reason for formatting the disk & installing the latest distro(s).
  12. You type ‘exit’ in a gmail chat window & wonder why the window did not close! 😐

4 responses

  1. 1)now tell me who is the kid πŸ˜›
    2)i know your interests in β€œCommunication Skills”
    3)Thats not your biggest mistake πŸ˜‰
    4)Is that a PROBLEM???
    5)Fraud!!!now I know your valuation policies
    6)All are not as “linux-educated” as you πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    7)We should make use of the inventions..Poor guy who invented USB :(I support him..and not you πŸ˜€
    8)Anit-virus ppl also should have some business,you know πŸ™‚
    9)I vote for them..that was a BIG mistake..you became the epitome of INSANITY
    11)see you make things weird and evil
    12)OUT OF MIND πŸ˜›

    August 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    • @ 3) If losing precious work twice in a week was not my biggest mistake, what was? [‘having bhavia velayudhan’ for a friend does not count] πŸ˜›
      @ 5) Don’t draw wrong conclusions woman .. In the unlikely event of any of my students lurking here, calm down. . I leave all my prejudices outside the lab before I come to see demos. 😐
      @ 7) Of course u’d support USB guy. . after all, u got my 8gb pen drive πŸ˜›
      @ 9) Not fair . . Don’t blame my insti for my eccentricities πŸ˜€

      AND. . whoever gave you the right to write mini raji-attack posts in my comment space ? x-(

      August 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      • @3)i will tell you
        @5)i DON’T trust you
        @7)you’re not suppose to tell that in public πŸ˜›
        @9)if I blame the “one” for your eccentricities,then i know you will book a flight for tomm

        I always have the RIGHTS to do that..ha ha.. πŸ˜€

        August 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

        • Bhavia using reality-TV tactics to introduce non-existent drama!
          Silly fight being continued on IM πŸ˜›

          August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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