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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ya Never Live It Down


Our thanks to J.D. "Illiad" Frazer for the blast from the past.


Carl Draper said...

First, nice link, gotta love UserFriendly :D

Anonymous said...

Ken since I have the honor of posting an early comment let me do some prophetic readings for you.

Some are going to criticize you for even posting this. They are going to say this was far from your finest moment and it is going to dredge up the same inflamed arguments and opinions that the first blog did.

Well Ken, I do say that wasn't your finest hour. I say this is. Wny? Because you can look back and see clearly several things. Through it all you kept your integrity. You turned down money, withstood whithering criticism and were openly called a liar and charlatan. Had you never put your trust in us and made the introductions to this shellshocked lady, I would have still believed you. Almost identical examples of this type of behavior were documented afterward. The difference between them and you is that they had the good sense not to write an inflamed letter to a known figure in the culture.

So in retrospect Ken, Bravo. Your small but assured place in history is marked here. Many of us will never get even this. Consider yourself envied.

Anonymous said...

Since I don't have a life really, I've spent hours going through the comments from slashdot and the over 800 from your blog. One thing that jumped out at me from the very beginning is that the student was dropped out of the equation.

Have you had any contact with him since? How is he through this whole thing? Depending on his mental makeup, he could have been either strengthened or traumatized by the whole thing. I'm probably the only one that has given this any real thought so if you don't respond I will understand. The best I can hope for is that it pissed him off enough to mold him into a evolving next-generation helios.

PV said...

I think that summed up the entire thing pretty well. Nice.

a Linux Mint 6 user since 1 May 2009

Unknown said...

@ Since I don't have a life really,Actually yes, I saw him two weeks ago and he has his own little LUG going in his school. They meet every two weeks in the Art & Creative Studies building after school.

I don't know about the next helios...wondering if that's a target to consciously aim at. He has some real talent and is just a tad militant when it comes to dealing with Windows users. He even cut his girlfriend off from Windows support. At least through him anyway.

He's doing fine.


John Bailey said...

Very nice. You know you have made it when you get used in user Friendly.

Something that I liked from your handling was that the lady in question didn't get flamed by all and sundry from the more hot headed Linux community. Because you didn't release any means of identifying her to the world.
Unlike that poor girl that appeared on some minor TV news program some time later, who bought a Dell with Linux, and was upset about not being able to use it. Had her name released to the public,and got tons of hate email.