The Horror, The Horror (rev 1.1)

beep, boop, beep… ring… ring….

“Hi, you’ve reached Mike Beltzner, I probably didn’t get my phone out of my pocket in time, so leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Thanks.”

“Hi, Mike Hoye speaking. Listen, I’m in a UI-design seminar here… we’re taking a break, and… there was a guy in there just now who suggested that UIs should be designed the way the X Consortium people designed X windows… I don’t think he even knows what that means, but… he went on to suggest that the way to organize your bookmarks is to treat each bookmark as a file, and then to use the file-metadata stuff in OS/2 to tag and sort them… Yeah. So, listen: I’m probably going to kill myself here, and I thought you’d appreciate why. Have a good night!”


  1. Posted January 25, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Patience and fortitude, my friend. Patience and fortitude will see you through this. And a strong resistance to pain.

    (Without condoning anything, I would like to point out that sometimes ethyl alcohol helps with the “resistance to pain” bit…)

  2. Posted January 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh come on Mike…you know you love X.

    All sarcasm aside, one thing OS/2 got right was it’s UI. It’s very dated now, not having had anything done to it in 15 years, but at the time?

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted January 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I know! I had OS/2 Warp installed on a PC for a long time. And if I was having this conversation a decade and a half in the past I might have agreed with him!

  4. Posted January 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    You know, I keep thinking about installing OS/2 on a VM just to play with it…then I wonder what the fuck is wrong with me.

  5. Posted January 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I am *so* sorry I missed your call. :(

  6. Posted January 30, 2008 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Ah OS/2. OSX without the popularity and half the fanboys (if we had a time machine).