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Journal: Trolls, Trolls, Everywhere 2

Journal by gbooker

What is with all the trolls on slashdot? I allowed comments to my last journal entry and if you look at them, not a single one is of a constructive nature. I almost wonder if they have anything better to do with their lives than to make a nuisance of themselves.

This nature is by far not exclusive to /. I have seen in it numerous other places. I used to respect the online community, but access to it has become too easy. I remember four years ago when spam mail was unheard of, I didn't know what the moderation "troll" meant, and people were generally nicer. Now whenever I talk with someone online, I have to ignore the worthless ramblings, the clueless, and the incessant ads. I guess everything eventually falls prey to corruption of human nature.

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Journal: Why do girls hate geeks? 3

Journal by gbooker

I have noticed this for many years now. It seems that no matter where I go, girls hate the "computer geeks". This was true when I was in high school, college, and even still in my graduate studies.

In all of this time, I have varied my approach to the opposite sex as have many of my friends, and here is what I have discovered. If, when they meet me, they associate me with computers, that is the end. I can go no further from there. If they don't associate me with computers upon first impression, then everything is then in an inverse relationship to the time it takes them to discover how much I know about computers.

Now, I should be clear. I don't spend my entire life on the computer. Computers are great tools to get the job done, but that is it. They are only tools. I rarely ever discuss computers outside of my circle of friends who are on the same level as I, but girls still seem to think that I can't talk about anything else or know about anything else. I guess that it is a matter of perspective on their part, but I am really starting to get sick of it.

What I also would like to know is why do they think that my computer skill is an undesirable trait. It lets me do many things more quickly than conventional means and it will help me tremendously in my engineering career. That means that I will be able to easily support a family, but at this rate, I will never have one. To some of these girls, I have proven that I am not only a computer geek, but that doesn't seem to help.

Now, there are some who do see past the computer skills, but they are too rare. Needless to say, those who do, I consider to be my only female friends. The strange thing is they don't seem to understand it either.

Oh well, enough for this rant. Hope that some of you have enjoyed it.

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Journal: Why pick on Apple

Journal by gbooker

I just finished reading another article from Dvorak. Why is it that people like him think that they have to pick on Apple? He was criticizing them for keeping with the same ol Mac. I guess that Apple is the only company to look for in innovation in these days, but if you have an idea that you think that computer companies should do, then tell them, and if they don't do it, tell someone else to do it until some one does. Likely they will not do it because you have to show them that their is profit in it.

Speaking of which, I believe that is the primary reason why Apple is such an innovator. They have to in order to compete with the Wintel world. Grated, there are many die hard fans out there that will likely keep them afloat in tough times (I happen to be one), but that is not enough to run a business off of. They have to position themselves such that they can have the chance of staying alive. Now, would Apple continue to innovate if they were in MS's position? Who knows, and I am afraid we will never have the chance to find out.

Oh well, I have finished enough of a rant for one day. I just figured that since I am becoming more active on Slashdot, there is a chance that someone might actually read this. Small one, but it is still there.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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