Story of a lost journalist

June 14, 2008


Filed under: Just talking — Cris @ 18:25
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Today I sat at a reception desk. Well I actually sat on a chair behind the desk. And the proof that I was in the reception area, I carried around my neck. They call it tags. This was in a tech fest for Linux installation.

I was not a loner receptionist. I had a gang of receptionists with me. Like the song goes, you put your left hand out, you put your right hand out and you find a receptionist. Ok that’s not exactly how the song goes. And obviously I am doing a lot of exaggeration here. Mm since I am using the R-word a lot, I will use R for reception.

The day went well. It wouldn’t have if I were a loner receptionist. Cause I didn’t know R-ing and there wasn’t a lot of R-ing to do :D. So good company was a major threshold.

Couple of scenarios. One was a fellow coming early morning and while registering giving each one of us R-ists a card – to visit a beauty parlor! Oh well it must be one of those ideal grounds for marketing Linux and beauty parlors. Linux and beauty parlors, they always go hand in hand. You know birds of a feather, and all that kind of thing.

Another scenario. A policeman walked in. Pretty smart policeman too. He knew more about Linux than most R-ists of this world. That includes me (it is probably headed by me – the no-know group!). I played with the knife that was lying around for some time before he stared hard at me and I with my brilliant brains took a whole time zone to translate that stare into words “Put that knife down you R-criminial or this desk is going to have one R-ist less!”



  1. A receptionist is not needed to sell Linux. Linux-ians like to learn about it from message boards, help sites etc *while* fixing the endless complications of their computer( They never fully succeed, if they, they will test something new for it go worser) They usually become active at 10 PM and wakeup late. In the day they cant stop themselves from “explaining” their adventures to others. The great Jihad against
    Bill Gates !! If time is money, Windows is much much cheaper than Linux. But, Windows versions of the free softwares like Open Office, Gimp, Octave etc are good. Scilab is also getting much better. Such free softwares are great when the prices of Photoshop, Matlab, and MSoffice are considered.

    Comment by manu — June 14, 2008 @ 19:43 | Reply

  2. @manu, Receptionists were not selling Linux there. They were there to receive 🙂

    Comment by Cris — June 14, 2008 @ 19:52 | Reply

  3. ^Disagree completely mate!…. Linux needed time to configure in its early days….but with a modern distro say ubuntu linux, time required to configure is lesser…you do not need to download any software…web server or any compilation tools or say software like office or gimp for linux …they are automatically there on the distro DVD….there you save time which you would need on a windows like os which needs each and everything to be installed separately…and linux is a community operating system….and it helps to solve things faster with linux due to the huge community and not wait for the vendor till they fix the issue…..

    Comment by Sajith — June 14, 2008 @ 19:58 | Reply

  4. crissie – sorry for this post, which furthers the discussion between linux and windows.. for the common man, he needs to use the machine to fulfil some of his needs (for example, i may want it to write up something and send it to somebody, and to do it quickly). for such people, we would want something very easy to configure and use.. most of us use it just as a tool, like a calculator or a mobile device. and we dont want to get bogged down with the config issues. and we dont want to derive a lot of pleasure by writing scripts and testing them out. i agree that people like sajith may be able to derive a lot of pleasure by interacting with the linux community, explaining the different adventures etc. but, as a layman, a minimal config thing such as windows is definitely better. nice to hear that config things in linux are getting simpler, but, it should become as simple as linux if the common people (like us) are goin to start using it on a daily basis!!!

    Comment by deepak — June 15, 2008 @ 10:08 | Reply

  5. Well my post has triggered one of the major arguments known to the IT world I guess. I am a Microsoft supporter, but I dont have any arguments to give. So you guys carry on 😀
    I will be a silent spectator.

    Comment by Cris — June 15, 2008 @ 10:31 | Reply

  6. cool blog young lady……………being receptionist is really a cool job can intercat with many people………….and at the same time feel like bhoring doin all that stuff

    Comment by aravind — June 15, 2008 @ 13:48 | Reply

  7. :O Thats a dispute now!! But i support Linux and MS.. 😛 Because i use both!
    So why the linux-iers hired a MS girl as a receptionist?? 😀

    Comment by Srijith — June 15, 2008 @ 16:05 | Reply

  8. @cris-, What I mean is “a receptionist is ALSO not needed”

    @ All-, I support windows. This is because, getting a clear answer (what ever it may be) is very important. In that sense Linux is no where near Windows. Windows: One product, One Manuel and One creator. Linux = mess ! One Linux is not like another Linux. There are many Linuxes and Linux like Linux-like’s and non-windows OS but looks like Windows Linuxes. In short the same shit, just different pile !

    Once I needed to connect a memory stick to a Linux machine, but I could not. There was with me a computer science faculty and a Slacker (slackware Linux specillist). Both tried their level best. Finally I attached the data to my mail and downloaded in a windows machine. Slacker and lecturer are connecting flash drives in “their” Linuxes. But they could not connect it to a Linux machine here.

    When I saw the Slacker’s girlfriend’s laptop, I realized, Linux can also create grave marriage problems. It creates insomnia and nutrition problems. In the long run cholesterol, obesity, poor vision, various kinds of arthritis to fingers and hand, permanent bending of the backbone etc can also result.

    Now a days I am thinking: is Linux a behavioral disorder or is it a mental disease ?!!
    Is it a psychological problem ? Or is it a psychiatric problem ?

    (all just for fun.. don’t care much hahaa ..chumma !! chumma !!)

    Comment by manu — June 15, 2008 @ 18:53 | Reply

  9. @aravind thanks 🙂 But I got the interesting job only for a day hehe
    @Srijith, hushh don’t throw away my future job opportunities! 😀
    @manu, it was a public fest and people who came in from everywhere needed to be received and directed or registered or given explanation. Technical people do the installing, receptionists do receiving. 🙂

    Comment by Cris — June 15, 2008 @ 21:58 | Reply

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