January 25, 2008

The Horror, The Horror (rev 1.1)

Filed under: hate,interfaces,linux,lunacy — mhoye @ 10:01 am

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. 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…)

    Comment by Zeynep — January 25, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

  2. 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?

    Comment by Jamie — January 25, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  3. 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!

    Comment by Mike Hoye — January 25, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  4. 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.

    Comment by Jamie — January 25, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

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

    Comment by Mike Beltzner — January 28, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

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

    Comment by Eliot — January 30, 2008 @ 2:07 am

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