The System 593: Tasks

Based on today’s trip to the Apple Store. Turns out the only thing wrong with my MacBook Pro is that I use it for things.

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The System 589: Passwords

So that happened. Sorry for the delay on posting this, it has been a weekend without Internet. A new comic tomorrow!

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The System 588: Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design is the new thing, and if you ask me DAMN interesting. It can solve a lot of problems for web sites, since it means not having to build a separate mobile site. Everything just works fine on every device! Of course, building one is a lot of extra work and planning, not to mention that it is a lot of tedious little maths. Still, you can see some great examples of responsive sites in action over at MediaQueri.es, and learn about them from the beginning with Ethan Marcotte’s first article on the matter over at A List Apart. There’s also now a book on it, too!

Oh, and the new SystemComic.com site? TOTALLY RESPONSIVE.

Last chances to get the deal of the century on CATS DON’T CARE shirts! Next up for HilariAwesome.com is something with this comic/chart. As soon as I figure out what. Suggestions in the comments?

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The System 586.5: Smell Fear Revisited

There was some feedback that the last comic (The System 586) seemed sexist due to the fact that a male character was helping a female character with a computer issue. The original comic was based on a real conversation between me and my mom a while back (sorry Rossmom, it happened), so I just kept the genders the same. Anyway, here’s a new version of it to balance it out.

Truth is, I have a lot of respect for women and think about gender roles. Unfortunately, the way these symbols are set up is a perfect example of what is the case in a lot of our culture where “male” is seen as the default and “female” is seen as the variant. Seen below is “arriving flights”, “waiting area”, and “water fountain” aka “dudes doing things”.

I don’t know the exact history, but my guess is that since these were created in 1974 (more about the original set here), that was just the thinking at the time. For the sake of the philosophy of the icons, there was a need to have a default character, and in this case they made it a guy (which you can argue is gender-neutral, except the same one is used for “men’s room” as well so there goes that idea). For this reason I try to switch up the gender of characters when the jokes don’t rely on gender. Generally my default is a man and a woman talking, simply because they are different-looking in this very simple style, so it’s easier for the audience to read as separate characters. My default narrator is myself, and therefore a male character and therefore you have a male character talking to a female character, and dialogue ensues (and sometimes fart jokes). Sometimes I make a point of changing this “default” approach and it works out, like Jimmy the Murderdog’s first strip. Sometimes it doesn’t, like this joke I wanted to do about Zeno’s Paradox which, upon reviewing, kinda sends the wrong message.

So my point, if I have one (and I’m not sure that I do) is that women are great. They do everything men do and more and manage to smell better. Sometimes they are the butt of jokes in these comics, and sometimes they aren’t. One thing you’ll never see is a comic that says “she’s X because she’s a woman,” and you never will. That kind of joke has no interest to me, and I don’t believe it to be true. I’ll generalize designers, coffee drinkers, and the Internet as a culture, but not women or men for that matter. So there.

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The System 586: Smell Fear

Following the The System 394: Inverse Law of Computing.

I really couldn’t decide which face was funnier for the last panel. I decided the creepier one was the way to go. But here’s both, for reference:

Anyone else for cat shirts!? They’re still on sale!

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The System 580: Other Moore’s Laws

In addition to the famous “Moore’s Law” of computing, did you ever think about the other Moores? Alan Moore, Roger Moore, and Michael Moore have their own laws. Or rather, they do now.

If you like this one, check out my other reference to Moore’s Law, Rosscott’s Law and The Inverse Law of Computing.

Oh, and expect moore of these soon.

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The System 569: Common <del>Helpful</del> Answers to Technology Problems

UPDATE: If you like the comic, vote for it on Slashdot! Link is here: http://slashdot.org/submission/1999817/common-answers-to-technology-problems

I’m sick of this happening every time I ask for help with a tech issue. I’m savvy enough to know to do the obvious stuff, and now there’s a way to get that across without saying “I’m not an idiot.” It’s called PUG:

  • P: Powered Down
  • U: Updated
  • G: Googled for the Problem

Let’s start using it! IT pros, you’re with me. I know you deal with a lot of idiots, so take this as a chance to educate! Ask the next idiot who asks you a question, “did you PUG it?” Boom. Done. Right?

Oh, and yes. It’s a poster. It’s for sale for $10 plus shipping:

 

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The System 553: Pasturbating

A followup to yesterday’s Antisocial Networking.

If you like this one, you’d probably like the other rules and terms we here at The System have defined over the years. Such as:

Thanks again to Marty F’n Day, who helped me come up with this and many other comics. His blog is Blast-O-Rama, and has great nerd news and interesting finds, as well as well-crafted movie reviews you should actually listen to.

And if you like these comics, you might like to see Marty and I collaborate on stage, as we do at every Super Art Fight show as co-hosts of the craziness that is THE GREATEST LIVE ART COMPETITION IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. This weekend, we’ll be performing at Magfest on Saturday, 12:30pm in the National Harbor right outside of DC. More info over at SuperArtFight.com here »

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The System 527: Order of It All

Thanks to Rachel for help with the punchline.

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The System 515: Keeping in Touch

Yes, Mom! Of COURSE I’m glad I helped you set up your email!

Which reminds me, I owe a call home…

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