Ten Years of UserFriendly.Org Hardcover – 22 Dec 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 ... :-)
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...
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.