Esh, Andrew Writes...
) (Nothing personal, Mark. I am taking exception to a mindset, not you.)
) I take exception to the use of the words "amusing" and "peeved" in the
) above. I am in the same situation. I am behind a firewall which seems
) fairly secure, but also forms a fairly tight system of denial of service,
) as far as many PC networking programs (Mosaic included) are concerned. Is
) it possible we PC users are viewed as "amusing" in our petty, scratching
) attempts to obtain access to the network in a fashion that is normal
) among Unix users?
While I agree mostly with what you said, I think your anger may have
been misplaced. Even though their operating system is inferior, PC
users shouldn't be any less respected than other users, and it seems
to me that in most cases they aren't. What was "funny" about the
thread Mark was referring to was how one poor guy got his Unix shell
account confused with what a "real" Unix machine can do and said
something like, "You can get Mosaic for PCs and Macs, but I *KNOW* you
can't get it for Unix." at which point all Twenty Million Internet
Users(Tm) simultaneously felt charged with a mission to set that guy
straight. There were also some misconceptions about firewalls or
something in there somhow I think, but they were quickly ignored for
more important matters. Hey, kinda sounds like this list.
Matt Ranney - mjr @
"You know, I don't think theres a man, woman, or child alive today
who doesn't enjoy a lovely beverage." -DL