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2 July 2008

Sometimes Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pisses me off

Filed under: Geek,inanity — apotheon @ 01:51

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is, among other things, the author of ZDNet’s “Hardware 2.0” Weblog and a separate Weblog called The PC Doctor. Oddly enough, the Hardware 2.0 Weblog has become a platform for him to talk about all kinds of crap that has nothing to do with hardware — and when he does so, he has a tendency to annoy the crap out of me.

His approach is particularly annoying when he takes on the subject of Linux systems. The format of these posts can pretty much be boiled down to this simple formula:

I love Linux. I’m a friend of Linux. Really I am. I don’t know shit about Linux, but I pretend to online. I claim to use it regularly, but I can’t even perform the simplest tasks, because I’m a complete ignoramus. The fact I’m a complete ignoramus is the fault of Linux — because Linux is too hard for me. Today, I’m speaking specifically of this one problem I have where I can’t do this one extremely simple thing with Linux-based systems that your technophobic luddite senile grandparent and your three year old niece can do easily. I will compare it unfavorably with MS Windows, but only by implication, because I know that if I actually described the MS Windows way of doing things you’d realize just how much easier it is to do this on a Linux-based system than on an MS Windows system.

This guy actually posted something on Monday about how installing software on Linux-based systems is too hard, because apparently he doesn’t know how to launch programs, or something. Like, when he installs 7zip (which he describes as being very easy at the very beginning of the Hardware 2.0 post — notice the lack of hardware topic in this, by the way), he then wonders where it went. He seems incapable of typing, for instance, 7zip. Seriously.

He claims he has to use Google to figure out how to use it!

How long has he been using Linux? Two minutes? WTF?

No, he claims he’s been using it for quite a while now, and uses it all the time. Somehow, though, it still never occurs to him that typing 7zip and hitting the Enter key might do something useful — unless he does that at Google, I guess.

Look at this. His willful ignorance and FUD peddling has gotten me all worked up, and I don’t even like Linux-based systems that much. I just dislike them significantly less than I dislike MS Windows systems.

addendum: This isn’t the first time I’ve written about AKH here. I just thought you might like to know.


  1. I thought you loved Linux?

    Comment by Joseph A Nagy Jr — 2 July 2008 @ 02:33

  2. Nah. I love BSD Unix. Linux is just an also-ran. For one thing, Linux systems suffer from some licensing issues that don’t make me happy (and they can make others downright sad). For another, the Linux distribution development model tends to produce some technical characteristics I’d describe as significantly inferior to their BSD Unix counterparts. Even the quality of documentation is affected in the favor of BSD Unix systems over Linux-based systems by the differences in development model.

    I loved Linux until I realized I could do much better, I guess.

    On a scale of one to ten, with FreeBSD being 10 and MS Windows being 1, I guess I’d place Debian GNU/Linux (my favorite Linux distro) at about 7. If I’m allowed to go outside of a 1-10 scale, though, I’d probably place FreeBSD at 9, Debian at 3, and MS Windows somewhere down around -9.

    Comment by apotheon — 2 July 2008 @ 03:12

  3. I guess he was looking for an icon in the “All Programs” menu.

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 3 July 2008 @ 12:19

  4. I wonder if he does the same thing on MS Windows, such as when he’s trying to figure out where ipconfig can be found.

    Comment by apotheon — 3 July 2008 @ 12:58

  5. He probably does one of the following:

    Start > Run… “ipconfig”


    Start > My Computer > C: > Windows > system32 > ipconfig.exe (all with the mouse)

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 3 July 2008 @ 06:18

  6. I wonder why he doesn’t do the same kind of thing on Ubuntu, then.

    Maybe he’s just annoyed that after investing all that time in becoming a “power user” of MS Windows he has realized it doesn’t make him an instant Unix/Linux expert.

    . . . and maybe his pride is getting in the way of just learning the Ubuntu equivalents of the things he does on MS Windows.

    Comment by apotheon — 3 July 2008 @ 06:28

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