Bit: THE USER INTERFACE WAR
Episode: 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON
Tom (Typing on an
IBM Clone, reading aloud as he types): CD, slash, W-P-5-1, return--Ahh criminies! Stupid clones! I really miss
my Mac. Hey Crow! What's this mean? (reading off screen) 'Too many parameters, hyphen,
Crow (Looks up
from an issue of BYTE MAGAZINE): What? Oh, okay. You used a forward slash instead of a backslash.
Tom: What? Oh,
okay. (Typing) 'CD, BACKslash, W-P-5-1, return.
Thirty seconds to commercial sign.
Joel (Pops up
in front of counter where Tom and Crow are): Hi everyone. Welcome back to the Satellite Of Love. Tom Servo and Crow
are in the middle of another 'user interface war.' Let's watch. (Crouches back down,
out of sight)
Tom: This is rich!
(reading off screen) 'Bad command or file name.' They expect you to be a MACHINE
to operate this machine!
Crow (sighs. annoyed
I suppose you'd prefer a little animated clown who would juggle over to the little
file cabinet, wink at you and point to the right drawer?
Tom: Yeah, sure!
At least I don't have to have a photographic memory to get my Mac to work!
Joel (pops up
again): Both user
interfaces work perfectly well, it's really just a matter of the individual's personal
preferences. We think the joke will be on Tom Servo and Crow. (crouches down)
Tom: Now the problem
with the IBM and compatibles is that they lack the elegance and intuitive nature
of the Mac. Mac products are reliable, proven and they ALWAYS work!
Crow: Oh yeah?
What about System Seven?
Tom (furious): It's coming! It's COMING,
OKAY!?! There were a few bugs in it, okay?! Boy!
Joel (pops up
again): You can
have a LOT of fun with people hopelessly mired in computer nuances. Watch this. (Turns
to Crow and Tom Servo) Hey! Has anyone seen the mouse to my Amiga??
Tom: Oh! Hahaha!
Amiga!! Ha hah!
Crow: Amiga? Oh
Both (hails of
Tom: Now THERE'S
a machine for you...Hahah!
Crow: Hey! Has
anyone seen my FAT ANGUS drive?? Hahah!
Joel: We'll be
Commercial sign in five...four...three...two...commercial sign now!
Tom (reading off
appilication error'?! This is really cute, Crow! I suppose we'll have to re-enter
the entire spreadsheet now, huh?!
Crow: Noooo, no,
no, no. Just rewrite the 'autoexec.bat' file and stick in a memory manager, that's
all. Just take a minute. Don't worry!
(Tom continues to mumble and curse under his breath, as scene cuts.)