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      24.08.2000 22:26
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      Userfriendly is a daily cartoon strip (a bit like dilbert) set in a small american Internet Service Provider. I'm sure most people, or at least most internet-ish people (lots of in-jokes) would find this funny, but anyone who has ever worked for a smallish ISP, or who has ever had problems with their provider, and wondered exactly how they manage to be so useless, will find it hilarious! I worked for Plusnet/Force9 for about 2 years, from its first wobbly days back in 97, and the similarities are amazing. The running jokes are the inability of anyone, or any male, working with the internet, to act in a normal way or form normal releationships - that and the usual sharply observed gates-baiting. The caricatures of the techies are spot on, as the author would prboably class himself with them, as are the management and marketing bods - the main character is a web designer (ie me!) and I wouldn't say he's too accurate, but then thats me - and the problems he gets are spot on! The site also functions as a UNIX community, with bulletin boards etc, and its important to remember its an insider taking the mickey - meaning the jokes are deadly accurate, very funny, but not offensive in their ignorance, like a lot of geek jokes could be. All I can say is check ou www.userfriendly.org, you may hate it, you may love it, but you'll learn a hell of a lot about your ISP. It may also help next time you're being patronised, ignored or fobbed off by their tech support to go look at some of the strips and gain an insight into their (often) sad little lives!

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      15.06.2000 06:26
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      Userfriendly.org is the best online cartoon that I have found. The strip centers around a small isp in the US and the various trials and tribulations that the staff go through. It can be highly topical and on Sundays (it is a daily) there is a single cell colour cartoon about some topical issue (normally). The website also has a bulletin board, jobs section and store wher you can buy the books and merchandise. Illiad is also an avid supporter of Linux, and therefor so are several of his characters, and can be seen at a lot of the linux coinventions where he has quite a following (his books are published by O'Reilly the tech publisher, rather than a comic book publisher)

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