I have a Dyson vacuum cleaner with a motor that spins 3 times faster than that. WTF?
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is on an organizational par with the janitorial department.
For the past 28 years I've been an Information Technology Professional. During that time I've watched corporate America transform IT from a profession staffed and managed by technologists into an outsourceable commodity managed by MBA's. The uniform suggestion is an idea worthy only of ridicule. Why not suggest to the MBA who floated that idea that it be mandated all MBA's working in IT departments wear big floppy shoes and a bright red shirt to work Monday thru Thursday so they can more easily identify each other as clowns? The rest of us already know who the clowns are.
... by tying a string around the beetle I could make that thing go where ever I wanted.
So the other day I messaged another admin from the console using the regular old 'write' command (as I've been doing for over 10 years). To my surprise he didn't know how to respond back to me (he had to call me on the phone) and had never even known you could do that. That got me thinking that there's probably lots of things like that, and likely things I've never heard of. What sorts of things do you take for granted as a natural part of Unix that other people are surprised at?