Abbott and Costello Meet Windows 7

Costello: Hey, Abbott!

Abbott: Yes, Lou?

Costello: I just got my first computer.

Abbott: That’s great Lou. What did you get?

Costello: A Pentium IV 1.4 Gig, with 8 Gigs of RAM, a 500 Gig hard drive, and a 96X CD-ROM.

Abbott: That’s terrific, Lou.

Costello: But I don’t know what any of it means!!

Abbott: You will in time.

Costello: That’s exactly why I am here to see you.

Abbott: Oh?

Costello: I heard that you are a real computer expert.

Abbott: Well, I don’t know-

Costello: Yes-sir-ee. You know your stuff. And you’re going to train me.

Abbott: Really?

Costello: Uh huh. And I am here for my first lesson.

Abbott: O.K. Lou. What do want to know?

Costello: I am having no problem turning it on, but I heard that you should be very careful how you turn it off.

Abbott: That’s true.

Costello: So, here I am working on my new computer and I want to turn it off. What do I do?

Abbott: Well, first you press the Start button, and then-

Costello: No, I told you, I want to turn it off.

Abbott: I know, you press the Start button-

Costello: Wait a second. I want to turn it off. Off. I know how to start it. So tell me what to do.

Abbott: I did.

Costello: When?

Abbott: When I told you to press the Start button.

Costello: Why should I press the Start button?

Abbott: To shut off the computer.

Costello: I press Start to stop.

Abbott: Well Start doesn’t actually stop the computer.

Costello: I knew it! So what do I press.

Abbott: Start

Costello: Start what?

Abbott: Start button.

Costello: Start button to do what?

Abbott: Shut down.

Costello: You don’t have to get rude!

Abbott: No, no, no! That’s not what I meant.

Costello: Then say what you mean.

Abbott: To shut down the computer, press-

Costello: Don’t say, “Start!”

Abbott: Then what do you want me to say?

Costello: Look, if I want to turn off the computer, I am willing to press the Stop button, the End button and Cease and Desist button, but no one in their right mind presses the Start to Stop.

Abbott: But that’s what you do.

Costello: And you probably Go at Stop signs, and Stop at green lights.

Abbott: Don’t be ridiculous.

Costello: I am being ridiculous? Well. I think it’s about time we started this conversation.

Abbott: What are you talking about?

Costello: I am starting this conversation right now. Good-bye.

Abbott and Costello Meet Unix

Costello calls Abbott with some questions about UNIX.

Costello: What is the command that will tell me the revision code of a program?

Abbott: Yes, that’s correct.

Costello: No, what is it?

Abbott: Yes.

Costello: So, which is the one?

Abbott: No. ‘which’ is used to find the program.

Costello: Stop this. Who are you?

Abbott: Use ‘who am i’ not ‘who r yoo’. You can also ‘finger yoo’ to get information about yoo’.

Costello: All I want to know is what finds the revision code?

Abbott: Use ‘what’.

Costello: That’s what I am trying to find out. Isn’t that true?

Abbott: No. ‘true’ gives you 0.

Costello: Which one?

Abbott: ‘true’ gives you 0. ‘which is program name’

Costello: Let’s get back to my problem. What program? How do I find it?

Abbott: Type ‘find / -name it -print’ to find ‘it’. Type ‘what program’ to get the revision code.

Costello: I want to find the revision code.

Abbott: You can’t ‘find revision code’, you must use ‘what program’.

Costello: Which command will do what I need?

Abbott: No. ‘which command’ will find ‘command’.

Costello: I think I understand. Let me write that.

Abbott: You can ‘write that’ only if ‘that’ is a user on your system.

Costello: Write what?

Abbott: No. ‘write that’. ‘what program’.

Costello: Cut that out!

Abbott: Yes. those are valid files for ‘cut’. Don’t forget the options.

Costello: Do you always do this?

Abbott: ‘du’ will give you disk usage.

Costello: HELP!

Abbott: ‘help’ is only used for Source Code Control System (SCCS).

Costello: You make me angry.

Abbott: No, I don’t ‘make me’ angry but I did ‘make program name’ when I was upset once.

Costello: I don’t want to make trouble, so no more.

Abbott: No ‘more’? ‘which’ will help you find ‘more’. Every system has ‘more’.

Costello: Nice help! I’m confused more now!

Abbott: Understand that since ‘help’ is such a small program, it is better not to ‘nice help’ and ‘more now’ is not allowed, but ‘at now’ is. Unless of course ‘now’ is a file name.

Costello: This is almost as confusing as my PC.

Abbott: I didn’t know you needed help with ‘pc’. Let me get you to the Pascal compiler team.