196: Command Line Fu
|Command Line Fu|
Title text: When designing an interface, imagine that your program is all that stands between the user and hot, sweaty, tangled-bedsheets-fingertips-digging-into-the-back sex.
The Linux command line allows a user to make their computer do nearly anything. The only hitch is that the interface is entirely text-based, and reading through user manuals to find the commands that you need can take a very long time.
In this comic, Cueball recounts how he used a command line hack to solve a problem with his monitors turning off during a movie. However, in the time that he spends trying to solve the issue, the woman that he brought home had already left and his need for a movie to watch was gone.
The title text is the supposed moral to this story; if your user interface takes as long to operate as a command line, you may very well be denying your users the chance to get laid.
- [Two men talking.]
- Cueball: Last night I was watching videos with this girl and my monitors kept turning off - even though I had disabled power save.
- Friend: Odd.
- Cueball: However! I wrote a command to jiggle the mouse pointer every couple minutes to keep it from going idle.
- Friend: Not the first hack I'd try, but see? Linux has problems, but it gives you the tools to deal with them - and save your date!
- Cueball: Actually, I was half an hour into the pointer scripting documentation when she got dressed and left.