Tuesday, August 26 2003

“If I could get in there…”

While watching yet another Slashdot thread dissolve into a poor imitation of a Usenet flame-war, the smug arrogance of people who think that running Linux means they’re smarter than Windows users reminded me of something that happened when I was at Synopsys.

A widely-used Unix server had crashed, and the engineers were hanging out near the data center, waiting for us to bring it back up.

“What’s taking them so long? We’ve got work to do! Dammit, if I could get in there, I’d fix it myself!”
“I’m pretty sure that’s why you can’t get in there.”