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“Here’a nickel, kid. Get yourself a better computer.” 25th anniversary

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/24

Today 25 years ago: [WayBack] Dilbert Comic Strip on 1995-06-24 | Dilbert by Scott Adams

Wally approaches another employee and says, “Hold it right there, buddy.”

Wally continues, “That scruffy beard . . . those suspenders . . . that smug expression . . .”

Wally concludes, “You’re one of those condescending Unix computer users!”

The man responds, “Here’a nickel, kid. Get yourself a better computer.”

It was a play on the tiny Here’s a nickel kid. Go buy yourself a real computer fragment from [WayBack] single.h:

#if _FP_W_TYPE_SIZE < 32
#error "Here's a nickel kid. Go buy yourself a real computer."
#endif

Not much has changed for Dilbert, apart that by now, the transcripts have been put on-line, something I wanted to do some 15 years ago with OCR.

Seems somebody did it, and made it official too. Woot!

On the computing side, we still seem to be well in the 64-bit era, just like when I posted 20 years ago today: Here’s a nickel kid. Go buy yourself a real computer.

I wonder that really has changed in the past 5 years, and how long the “here’s a nickel” will stay relevant.

Via these tweets that helped me remind to post:

There is more gold in that thread. See below (:

–jeroen

 

 

 


 

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