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On the current view of technology, as influenced by the public media.

On the current view of technology, as influenced by the public media

Hello, today, I'm going to talk about one of the most annoying things about computers: The blinking 12 problem.

For those of you that don't know, the blinking 12 problems stems from VCRs. Dubbed such because most people could/would be motivated to learn how to set the time on their VCRs.

How does this pertain to computing, you may ask?

Well, I have two anedctotes, one from me, and one from reddit.

There was a man in a starbucks, working on his laptop with Arch on it. He ran sudo pacman -Syu and some -S stuff. Another customer went to a barista and said "That man is hacking the WiFi.

I was, during some downtime, trying to install LaTeX from apt. Not going well, lots of apt search, | less and Google-fu. Someone sitting behind me leaned forward and asked, "Are you hacking the mainframe?

This brings us to another important point: What is hacking?

There are three main answers:

  • Having a terminal open
  • Breaking into a computer system
  • Tinkering and discovering how a computer works.

Which one is right? #3

Some people belive #1 because of the blinking 12 problem

Some people belive #2 because that's what the media says.

The proper term for unauthorized computer access is a cracker, because they crack into the systems in question.

TechRepublic has a nice article outlining the difference.

Now, to further illustrate my point, we'll need to enter the TARDIS and take a -somewhat brief- walk through time.

The year is 1970, Bell labs.

Ken Thompson, Brian Kerninghan, and Dennis Ritchie just finshed UNIX V1 for the PDP-7.

This ushers in an era of computing, the 'Renaissance' of computing.
Personal Computers were far and few. This was before QDOS, Applesoft BASIC, or even Win.

1981: 86-DOS

86-DOS has been shipping for one year, when Gates bought it for 75,000 dollars. That's right, MS's big break wasn't even their own. After licensing MS-DOS to over 70 companies, they had established dominance in the PC market.


The release of Windows 1.0. This one was a flop, but it set the stage for Windows 3.


A Finn grad student, Our lord and savior Mr. Linus Torvalds, created Linux 0.1, purely because he was too cheap to buy UNIX.

Windows XP enters the market, forever hiding the command line to most users, and undoing all that Thompson & Co worked for.
They dumb down their users into thinking that Windows is the only true operating system, and anybody else is a neckbeard.

Back to 2020:

How the media is brainwashing users:

In all but one movie I've seen, the "Hackers", type on a screen and it opens. In even more movies, people just type and it is presented as magic. Now, why did the producers choose a CLI for hacking? Because it is arcane.

To use an anology from In the Beginning
was the Command Line

All computer users used to be Morlocks, having to know what they are doing.

Now, all but 3% of users are Eoli, unable to distenguish between the Internet and Internet explorer. (Please don't take offence, but that's how it is, for some people)

How can we fix this?

Most people use Windows 10, simply because that is what they are used to. Some people use Macs, because, well, they are used to it.

Now, so when people see something they don't know much about, and in movies is usally bad, they think that that is what it MUST be, because how could it be any different.

Most people don't bother to learn more about what their computer is, calling the Tower the 'CPU'

In my humble opnion, the fix is with Linux and the young users.

Edit: Microsoft wants to keep people on it’s subpar operating system with the lsw, or Linux Subsystem for LinuxWindows. Hold up, you say, “It’s the WSL”.

Well yes, but actually no

It’s not. Even the name is telling. It has nothing to do with Windows, and everyone to do with Linux. Where do you see Windows come into play? Zilch, nope, nada. WINE is the Windows subsystem for Linux. Not M$’s stopgap ideas.


I am a human, between 3 and 56, that uses Linux, and just by doing that, I've learned so much about how computers work, and operating systems.

The young people have not really inprinted on an computer system yet, because they have not really learned what an operating system is.

For example: Installing a driver. If you use Arch or any Arch-based distro, I bet you 10 dollars they have your driver in the AUR.

Linux is a great, stable kernel, and all of the distros are awesome as well.

One people start using Linux en mass, instead of 'Are you hacking the mainframe', it would be, 'You want texlive-extra'.

And thus, farewell.


"are you hacking the mainframe?"
"no im hacking the cia"


@awesome10 I'm hacking your iPhone.


@CodeLongAndPros im hacking repl


@awesome10 There are also the people that say:

I downloaded a copy of the google.

Or You stole the internet!


@CodeLongAndPros i stole the internet explorer


@awesome10 Deletes icon.


B*** G**** email:

Ok, guys, let's dumb down our users into thinking that Windows is the only true operating system, and anybody else is a neckbeard. That way, we don't have to make anything good! Great idea, right? /s


@CodeLongAndPros changes title to REPL.IT


@awesome10 which is totally different


@CodeLongAndPros (continued)
Tomorrow, we'll work on creating a bunch of different stories so people feel bad for us and continue supporting us!


@awesome10 Interview:

Hiring person: So, how do you open the internet?

Tech: I press Win-R and enter iexplore

Hiring person: WRONG! You move your mouse to {x, y} and double click. ANYWAY ELSE IS WRONG! PLEASE LEAVE THIS INTERVIEW!

Tech: No need. I use Linux


@awesome10 Ok?.?.?.


@awesome10 LOL! So many people at school think that I'm hacking when I just create a bookmarklet.


@awesome10 Well, I did get a Google Classroom code before with a bookmarklet, but I reported the bug to Google... (they fixed it now, by the way)


@AmazingMech2418 Was going to try I3, imagine people trying to give tech help.


As a Windows user, I want to learn how to use a computer!


@Zekka First, you will download the arch install iso. Then DD it to a usb. Boot and follow the instructions on the Arch Wiki.


@Zekka And I’m not trying to be elitist, but there is a difference between being able to drive and racing in NASCAR.


@CodeLongAndPros VM boots up in background


@johnstev111 At least it’s not LSW


I want to race in NASCAR! Limitless speed is the name of my game. Show me the wheel and give me the wine. @CodeLongAndPros


@Zekka hm.. seems like a dangerous combo...

Show me the wheel and give me the wine.

"But officer I was just experiencing Linux"


@Highwayman 5 mins later:

Boys, I'm in.


@Zekka If you want to experience Linux without a live boot (USB boot), you could also get a Raspberry Pi and use Etcher to flash an ISO image to a MicroSD and put the MicroSD card into the RPI.


Arch is actually bad though. Honestly, use Open Suse or Kubuntu. @CodeLongAndPros


@Wuru Why do you say that?


smacks face it is called systemd @CodeLongAndPros


@Wuru Kubuntu has SystemD and so does SuSE.


The systemd is way worse to work with in Arch. @CodeLongAndPros


I've got a question what happens if ur device is hacked wut should u do? And I've heard that when hackers hack ur device it overheats does it help if we put the device in the fridge xD


@ilovebeef did you even read this.
And I'll thank you to please, use English.


yea I know I didn't read I'm very lazy [email protected]


@ilovebeef Then please, do so, and, while you're at it, rephrase your question, and I'll be happy to answer.


I moved your post to Share since it isn't a tutorial.


@Vandesm14 I checked with the mods before posting, they said it was okay...

Sigh broken links

@CodeLongAndPros Yeah, I moved this back to Tutorials (formerly Learn)


I've used both, and Linux is much better.


d e e p


Yes! I personally use Windows as my main, but I'm thinking about switching mainly to Linux (dual-boot between Ubuntu MATE (either just plain Ubuntu MATE or normal Ubuntu Desktop with MATE installed so I can use Gnome too) and Kali). Though, I will keep Windows on my current main computer since there is a lot of platform-specific software like AutoCAD which glitch out sometimes with WINE or mono.


@AmazingMech2418 If you have a desktop, let me put this out there:

GPU passthrough.


Fun fact: If you want to play a classic text adventure game on Ubuntu, then all you need to type in is:


@nk1rwc sudo apt moo


@nk1rwc Well, ILoveCandy.


Oh this is a nice little tutorial...

In my humble opinion, the fix is with Linux and the young users.


no but seriously, that is actually a good point


@DynamicSquid Well yes but actually no. I do do Linux prop, but, serously, if you can accept change, Linux teaches you how to fix. And it never breaks unless you cause an fsck.


@CodeLongAndPros where do I find linux os?


@DynamicSquid Which one?


@CodeLongAndPros well like, my laptop came with a Microsoft OS, and apple comes with Apple OS, what about linux os?


@DynamicSquid So you know how a soup works, right? (Minestrone)
You put a whole bunch of stuff in it and it is a soup?

Well, there are literally hundreds of Linux 'distros' or Distributions.

Off the top of my head:

  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • Arch
  • Artix
  • Devuan
  • Manjaro
  • OpenSUsE
  • RHEL
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo

You can use https://librehunt.org/ to find one, then get back to me if you want to try it out.


@DynamicSquid Use a VM


@johnstev111 Better than the lsw.


I used ubuntu, but it took too much space.


@HenryZelonka1 On your hard disk? What do you have, 16 Gb?


I only have a chrombook, so it din't have enough space for chrome OS and ubuntu.


@HenryZelonka1 Ah, I have a 250 and Manjaro and I can run Gentoo under KVM.


@CodeLongAndPros How did you forget Kali, CentOS, and Mint? (by the way, DistroWatch is good too for finding Linux distros)


@AmazingMech2418 Kali and Cent are ones where if you know what you’re doing, you know what they are.

Imma use Kali as my main distro.


@CodeLongAndPros I think it is kind of interesting that you said RHEL and not CentOS since CentOS branched off from Red Hat.


@AmazingMech2418 Yeah, l use Ubuntu and ?buntu the same, and likewise with Arch and Artix; or Debian and Devuan.


@HenryZelonka1 Remove the Chrome OS.


@HenryZelonka1 Get into developer mode, after installing Linux, then with your root access, just uninstall it.


@JadenGarcia And if you hit space bar during boot, *poof*, there goes Linux.


@CodeLongAndPros Of all this talk of linux, I'll give up using a VM and I'll go straight to dual boting. (I need windows because some software just don't have a linux version... like visual studio)


Some people use Macs, because, well, they are used to it.

thats me


@Bookie0 I know what you mean. I have my trackpad use the Apple default: move up to go down.


Explain why @CodeLongAndPros and I have the exact same cycles AGAIN


@HahaYes *cuts to a bunch of witches around a computer in a pentagram "OH COME ON! WE MISSED THE HAHAYES AND CODELONGANDPROS ALIGNING AGAIN!! Alright girls, restart the ritual (sigh)"*


@Highwayman Like an orbital resonance


@Highwayman 1:2:4. Which moons are in that?



@CodeLongAndPros oof my lack of proper CS knowledge has come back to bite me what’s Kepler?


@Highwayman Of Keplers law?



@CodeLongAndPros tbh that definition is so confusing I can’t even tell whether I don’t understand or not. Hum ok but I think I het the joke now ty 😜


Hmmm all these windows users are mad that is why they don't upvote.


@HahaYes Yeah. But how many Windows users know what a Kernel or the TCP/IP stack is?


@HahaYes Exactly.


@CodeLongAndPros Hey we have the same cycles AGAIN


@CodeLongAndPros hmmmm you are 56 years old or 3 years old?


@HahaYes Between. I could be:

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Hey I upvoted @HahaYes


Me (somewhat) @CodeLongAndPros


I have been informed.

Now I must go yell at my brother about it ty, bye!


smh this is what happens when I run linux at school. The first answer is always.... can you take down the WiFi so I don't have to do my presentation?


@HahaYes If only people knew.

My Linux is normal enough, KDE.
So people don't freak when looking at it, but there are subtle diffs:

My window decor:

^ v V O X
^ v


@CodeLongAndPros hmmm manjaro kde vs manjaro gnome vs ubuntu vs arch vs mx-19 vs linux mint vs fedora vs parrotOS vs elementaryOS which comes out on top? (also parrotOS looks pretty clean but I don't like the stability)


@HahaYes I think manjaro anything.


@CodeLongAndPros ok. I'm trying to buy a new speedcube. Any tips?


Get a shengshou.


@HenryZelonka1 ? I got a GAN thanks for the great not good advice.