- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156592861X
- ISBN-13: 978-1565928619
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 11 Apr 2000
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While working as the creative for an ISP, thirtysomething Canadian J.D. "Illiad" Frazier enjoyed the banter and humour shared between staff, particularly between the technical and non-technical staff. A lifetime doodler, he scribbled down some of it in the form of cartoons. He passed them around the office. The drawings were (and still are) very basic, but the humour was dead accurate, and his colleagues encouraged him to produce more. Before long, the scribbled cartoons had turned into a phenomenon with a Web site and cult following. In 1999 O'Reilly published User Friendly, and, following on the popularity of that book, Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell continues the tale of life and times at Columbia Internet ISP, with its cast of techies, designers, executives, AIs, hard-core geeks and one cheeky dust-puppy.
Illiad revels in the trappings of techie culture--abundant references to Star Wars, The Hitchhiker's Guide, Tolkien , Quake and Linux ("Stef thinks he's a penguin. Is he all right?"). But there's also humour here for those who aren't white, wired 18-30 year-old males. Illiad gets the way technology is changing the way we live: our curious relationship to spam ("I read it every morning like I read headlines! 'Be wealthy in 30 days!' 'A free turnip!' and 'Babette is waiting for you!' I want Babette to be waiting for me!!"); our habit of hiding behind disembodied digital communication ("I just find that in chat I can be a lot more expressive"); plus a healthy dose of self-deprecation ("You hit it off with A.J.? That's like Angelina Jolie being attracted to Illiad. It would just be wrong.") Smart and quirky, Illiad's cartoons cut through market-speak with laugh-out-loud humour, documenting the idiosyncrasies of a subculture that's moving fast into the mainstream eye.--Tamsin Todd
The follow-up to the highly successful first collection of User Friendly comic strips from O'Reilly & Associates, Evil Genuises in a Nutshell tells the continuing tale of Columbia Internet, "the friendliest, hardest-working and most neurotic little Internet Service Provider in the world." Take three techs, two salespeople, a designer, two executives, a couple of administrative staff, mix in a mischievous Artificial Intelligence and a "dust puppy" born from the innards of a mega server, put them all together in a crowded little office, and you have the makings of one of the most off-beat, original and funny comic strips to come along in years. User Friendly reads like Dilbert for the Open Source community. With a massive online following, it provides outsiders a light-hearted look at the world of the hard core geek, and allows those who make their living dwelling in this world a chance to laugh at themselves. The User Friendly fan base is growing by almost 30% a month, and this title has the potential to help foster a greater sense of cultural identity between O'Reilly and its customer base.There is also the potential to attract a newer, younger audience who are fans of User Friendly but are not as familiar with O'Reilly. See all Product description
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Full of many trueisms and I can sympathise with the Alpha Centauri addict, as I left a copy on my brothers machine and his productivity crashed!
An excellent view on the world, although I haven't seen any jobs advertised for those with Experience in World Domination yet.
Ideal for M$ hating unix Gurus I eagerly await the network engineers revenge.
Having worked in tech support myself, I'm sad to say that there will probably be those who do enjoy this kind of humour, but most of the techies around me would find it as I did - boring and a more than a bit unfair.
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If you are a part of that culture, though, you will no doubt find many strips you'll want to photocopy and stick up on your walls. Not all of the jokes fly, but you will love the few that do, primarily because you can relate to them.
Some of the jokes are dated, and considering that many of the events referenced are not necessarily earth-shattering events, it would have been nice to have footnotes or an appendix with references. One joke shows everyone missing from the office on May 19, with the lone character asking if today is a public holiday. Some hard thinking might remind you that that was the day "Star Wars: Episode 1" was released to theaters. Years from now, no one will be able to understand this strip without some historial context.
Of course, the main reason I bought this book was for the cool cover design. As a proud owner of several O'Reilly "animal" books (I will buy no other computer manuals), I just had to have this one as well.