Newest Review: ... 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... more
too funny - and too true!
Member Name: martsky
Date: 24/08/00, updated on 24/08/00 (46 review reads)
Advantages: funny, accurate
Disadvantages: might have to have been there to get it!
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!