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Ten Years of UserFriendly.Org [Hardcover]

J.D. "Illiad" Frazer
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22 Dec 2008

For over 10 years, UserFriendly.Org has been entertaining geeks of all stripes with a daily dose of humor, social commentary, and occasionally absurd observations about the world of technology. Loyal User Friendly fans "Ufies" have been asking for a Big Book of User Friendly that assembles the first decade of comics almost 4,000 individual strips in a single volume. Manning has teamed up with the folks at UserFriendly.Org to create exactly that!

The comics are presented in chronological order, so you not only see how User Friendly changed over the years, but you also get UF's twisted timeline of the last decade in geekdom. Several custom indexes let you find strips based on storylines, characters, and even the occasional UF song.


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  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (22 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182122
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 23.6 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JD "Illiad" Frazer has been making a living drawing User Friendly for over a decade. User Friendly helped define the web comic genre and created a loyal community around the User Friendly brand.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten years of pure genius 2 Sep 2010
By Big Ben TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ohh.... what a book. This is one of the iconic tech cartoon collections of all time. Been reading them online since the '90s. So, I'm a fan.
If you like Dilbert, this should appeal to you. It is a tad more technical, but most of the references are (by now) old ones. Means that much of the early tech talk is now part of what we all do now. Well, most of us. All sorts of people seem to enjoy them when I leave our copy in the loo.
And speaking of Old Ones, there are many humorous threads running through this massive book, including Lovecraftian references and gentle mickey-taking aimed at almost every species of gamer, hacker, or computer office hanger-on. Marketing! Oh yes....
The ungodly are given a roasting, and you may (as I did) learn a lot by looking up some of the more obscure references. As we play, we learn.
It can be fun picking matches from the substantial cast of characters and comparing them with your friends, relatives and co-workers. Heh!
Call me Sid Dabster.....

So, highly recommended - would make a superb gift for a computer-aware individual
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! 25 Sep 2009
By A. DiMauro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When the book arrived I was surprised to see such a large Amazon box. This is a serious book! It's huge, and so beautifully made! Definitely worth the price. The countless pages of great entertainment, the comments, etc. I can't put this book down. They did such a great job putting together this collection.

Yes, you can always see the comics online. But after a while, I get tired of staring at a screen for so long, not to mention constant clicking from comic to comic. Having it all in one collection like this is great, especially with all the added comments which make this collection so enjoyable to read. Grab a coffee, curl up on the sofa, and enjoy!

Highly recommended if you are a fan...or even if you're not! Unleash your inner geek...this book feels your pain...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate collection of UserFriendly.org 18 Mar 2009
By Walter Baeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are those who might not like the geeky references and the quirky humor of the online cartoon - obviously, this book is not for them.
Myself, I've been a daily UF-reader for years, so I decided immediately that I wanted to get this book.

I've been enjoying my purchase during the past few weeks, I think I've read through two years' worth of strips now. I should've realized from the product description, but at first I was a bit surprised by the physical quality of the book : it's a pretty large format, it's in hardback, and it's _heavy_. It feels more or less like a volume of a printed encyclopedia.

And why buy it when the whole cartoon archive can be found online ?
* There is an introduction of a few pages by Iliad, not too long and not too short, explaining how the strip originated, and some other trivia that I did find interesting to know.
* The book is formatted with a margin that contains Iliad's comments on many of the strips - makes it so much more interesting to read.
* Well, the website might go offline, or I might find myself without a Net connection at times, but I will always have this book ...

By the way, I call dibs on finding the first "bug" :
there's a duplicate cartoon printed on p.161, with two daemons bickering about the merits of OpenBSD vs. FreeBSD ... :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 21 April 2009
By John Garner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you're a true techie, it's self-evident how wonderful this comic is. This collection is a brilliant, well priced display of Iliad's success and consistency in keeping this strip fresh and relevant for more than a decade. It shouldn't be missed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation of User Friendly cartoons 13 May 2011
By Dane E. Ericksen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow. If you enjoy the J.D. "Illiad" Frazer cartoon series User Friendly, you will want to add this book to your library. It's a big, heavy (more than six pounds) and beautifully bound hard-cover book. Although I am an engineer and work with computers, I have to admit that about 10% of the cartoons were too "insider" for me to appreciate. But when I showed this book to our IT guy at work, it took him a day to stop laughing hysterically, and a couple of weeks to get the book back.

My one complaint: At page 161, and again at page 328, there are duplicated strips. No, "complaint" is too strong a term, let's call it an "observation."

If you use a computer, you can't help but enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten years of UserFriendly Bible 13 Dec 2009
By Heidi Sørland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found the book on Amazon, payed with major credit card and filled out delivery adress. The next day it was shipped from Amazon it took the package 2-3 days on second fastest delivery method to arrive in Norway. And all the way I could follow the shipment tracking. This book was a birthday present for my boyfriend. He was exstatic and has been reading it every night since he got it. The book is BIG, about the zize of a phonebook. And my boyfriend thinks it's brilliant, so if you have a nerd or computer interested person you need a present for, it's well worth the money!
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