Re: Fortune file!
Paul Johnson wrote:
On Saturday 22 April 2006 21:09, Michael M. wrote:
Aunt Matilda is only vaguely aware of what an operating system is, and has
no idea that any alternatives exist.
Give Aunt Matilda some credit. Odds are if she watches Star Trek or pays any
attention to the evening news, she knows it from Captain Sisco out of uniform
pitching servers for IBM or from newsmodels talking about it on TV (ever
since Linus moved to Beaverton, Linux makes the local news on a infrequent
but regular basis, so my viewpoint may be skewed on this).
Well, my mom asked me what a "blog" was a few months ago because she
heard some newsmodels talking about blogs on TV. So I guess these
things can filter down eventually. But she lived in Hillsboro, one town
west of Beaverton, and I daresay she had not heard of Linux. My cousin,
a Machead from way back, lives in Aloha (kind of wedged in between
Hillsboro and Beaverton), and I don't think she's any more than vaguely
aware of Linux. I'll have to ask her. I'm in Portland, on the other
side of the center of the Linux universe from Hillsboro, so I guess you
could say my family revolves around Linux, geographically speaking, like
the planets around the sun (except that we don't actually change
positions). I think I'm the only one who knows what it is, let alone
Now Nike and Intel, on the other hand ... everyone here knows them!
Michael M. ++ Portland, OR ++ USA
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