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So here's the situation... - MrPutter: doing things the hard way, because it is there.
July 27th, 2002
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So here's the situation...
About a week ago, I installed (at his behest) Linux on a friend's system. He has some notion of running a cluster or somesuch (he's a big time hardware nut) and figures Linux would be the best way of doing so. In the meantime, he's warming up to the system (previous experience is limited to Winders) by using it as a desktop machine.

When we were on campus, I set it up to use the university network, no problem.

So now he gets home and is trying to connect to Etisalat (Emirates Internet) via modem. Mind he has no prior experience with this sort of thing. So he phones me up. I try to use the easy GUI ppp utils that come with X, but to no avail (not sure what the problem is; they just don't work. whatever -- I have no experience with them anyway).

Well that's cool, he wants to learn Unix anyway. So I've been spending the last several hours dictating shell scripts to him (he who has no Unix experience). From memory. Over the phone. Long distance.


Remind me not to try this again.

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Date:July 26th, 2002 02:43 pm (UTC)

People wonder (well, actually only Konrad wondered, but whatever) why I absolutely refused to either install Red Hat on Konrad's machine and/or help him out over the phone.

If you're getting paid to do it, great. Grit your teeth and watch the money counter fly; If not, to hell with it.

If you're talking something pretty simple, like setting up a connection in Windows' Dial-Up Networking, that you're familiar with, that's okay because unless the guy on the other end is a complete bonehead that goes pretty quick and easy, even if they have limited experience with Windows. UNIX networking is so vastly different, that I refuse to even touch dial-up stuff over the phone. To be honest, back in the days when I used dial-up I never had much luck with it under UNIX. Then I got high-speed, and suddenly stopped caring about dial-up difficulties.

Dictating something as precise as UNIX shell scripting over the phone is just begging for pain, though. I'm surprised you didn't see it coming. :-)
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