Check It Twice

Cidu Bill on Dec 6th 2016


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, John Deering, Santa Claus, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Check It Twice”

  1. Kilby Dec 6th 2016 at 01:46 am 1

    Santa just discovered a major disadvantage of going “paperless”. He never had the problem of the operating system crashing when he used scrolls.

  2. James Pollock Dec 6th 2016 at 02:05 am 2

    That images is one of the variations of the “sad mac”, which is the MacOS version of the Windows “Blue Screen of Death”.

  3. Arthur Dec 6th 2016 at 02:15 am 3

    I notice this is from last year. Was there some well-known
    tablet bug then?

  4. Proginoskes Dec 6th 2016 at 03:38 am 4

    Sad Mac? Never seen it.

    The cartoonist should have gone with the BSOD instead.

  5. Kilby Dec 6th 2016 at 06:04 am 5

    @ Proginoskes (4) - I’ve never seen it either, despite using a Mac for over five years. However, even though the symbol may be unfamiliar, it is clear that the tablet is unhappy. Using the BSOD would only convey the joke to people familiar with Windows.

    P.S. Then again, not only is the number of Windows users significantly larger, the percentage of Windows users who have seen a BSOD may be larger than the percentage of Mac users who have seen the “sad mac”.

  6. furrykef Dec 6th 2016 at 06:57 am 6

    I’m guessing doing a BSOD wasn’t practical since some newspapers might print it in black and white, robbing the BSOD of its blueness. Then it just looks like words on a page.

  7. James Pollock Dec 6th 2016 at 09:23 am 7

    “Sad Mac? Never seen it.”

    Easily remedied with a Google Image Search. There have been a few iterations, but they go back to System 6 (at least) although I also remember bombs for non-bootable-ness, and “guru meditations” as equivalents to “stop errors” and “Kernel panics”. I’ve never been a primarily Mac-user, but have done support for some over the years.

  8. Mitch4 Dec 6th 2016 at 09:30 am 8

    Nice to know Santa’s plan is to keep checking up to 12/24.

  9. New-ish Guy Dec 6th 2016 at 09:44 am 9

    (putting on my nitpicking hat)
    That sure looks like an iPad, which doesn’t run macOS and wouldn’t get the “sad mac” screen. But I’ve never seen a similar “BSOD” style screen for an iPad. Either it doesn’t boot up at all, or it gets stuck on the “apple” opening screen, which wouldn’t really translate to a comic panel.
    (removing nitpicking hat)

  10. larK Dec 6th 2016 at 10:19 am 10

    Guru meditations numbers was an Amiga thing — did they use it for the mac as well? I tended to get very frustrated with macs when they crashed in that they presented you with a pop-up saying they had crashed, and the only option was “OK” — no, it is NOT “OK”! Aside from that, the stupid pop-up is blocking the last bit of data I just entered, and I’d like to be able to copy it off the screen before it disappears, but the stupid pop-up is blocking it! (Yes, this was back in prehistory, the pop-up was not movable.)

  11. larK Dec 6th 2016 at 10:23 am 11

    Mitch4 @ 8: “Nice to know Santa’s plan is to keep checking up to 12/24.”

    As opposed to Santa checking 24/7…

    (Now why would he be checking up to July 24th?)

  12. Keera Dec 6th 2016 at 02:27 pm 12

    Man, it’s been ages since I last saw that Mac “face”. Like, last century or something. ;-)

  13. woozy Dec 6th 2016 at 06:11 pm 13

    off tangent….

    I know that all technologies beget humor and jokes about how new and pervasive if it is and that in the 50s and early 60 there were jokes about “isn’t it funny how all kids watch tv” and that the song “Hello, My Baby” was specifically about the new-fangled telephones and the comic strip “Gasoline Alley” was about pervasive car culture but…

    Has there ever been a technology of which cartoonists have been *so* insistent on mocking and commenting on for as long and with as little reason and so pointlessly as IT? I mean the *only* humor in this cartoon is “Santa is using an iPad!!!! Ha-ha?” I mean, seriously? Is this funny? Because… ha-ha computers are new and Santa Claus is a familiar image?

    Sheesh! We’ve had home computers for over 30 years. Yes, social media is relevent and still leads to bizarre and disjoint absurdities, but it has to be more than just “ha-ha… I just pointed out social media exists… It didn’t always.”

    … or am I just aware of it because I’m living through it? If you look at a saturday evening post cartoon from the 40s of a family listening to the radio we aren’t aware that some part of the humor is the novelty of the radio because it simply can not occur to us that the radio ever was a novelty. But …. could they *really* be joking about it for *twenty* years?

    Seriously, how can we possibly *still* claim to be surprised at an image of Santa using an iPad?

    Okay, rant over.

  14. Mark in Boston Dec 6th 2016 at 07:48 pm 14

    The “sad Mac” goes back to the very first Macintosh, but back then it looked like a Macintosh with a face on the screen with x’s for eyes and a frown.

    The original Macintosh looked a lot like the Banana 9000, which many of you will remember, being comics fans.

  15. Whereswally Dec 6th 2016 at 08:05 pm 15

    I initially thought of a web form with a chekbox, checking it twice will mean it is back to the state it was when you started…

  16. James Pollock Dec 6th 2016 at 09:51 pm 16

    “Guru meditations numbers was an Amiga thing — did they use it for the mac as well?”
    No, I supported Amigas as well, briefly.

  17. Proginoskes Dec 7th 2016 at 04:39 am 17

    @ woozy: Some of us have had computers at home for over 40 years. Dad worked for Control Data, and in the mid-1970s, he had a terminal in the basement.

  18. Boise Ed Dec 8th 2016 at 03:56 am 18

    Proginoskes [17]: Geez, when you put it that way, it seems like very long time.

  19. James Pollock Dec 8th 2016 at 04:16 am 19

    “The original Macintosh looked a lot like the Banana 9000″
    AKA “footstool Macs”

    “Dad worked for Control Data, and in the mid-1970s, he had a terminal in the basement.”
    This means that you didn’t have a home computer.

    I graduated high school in 1984. Before graduation, we had a Commodore PET and then a CP/M system, and then, just before graduation, a genuine IBM PC! because my mom taught accounting and some computer fundamentals classes, and the school provided her with hardware so she could learn. Of course, the computer we had at the high school was an Apple II+, so close to nothing carried over. (When the school got another dozen Apples my senior year, they got one with an 80-column card and a Z80 softcard, so that one computer could do CP/M… but the disk formats were incompatible.

    So, in my case, I had 1 or more computers in my home for a little over 35 years. (There’s about 2 dozen right now… prices have come down. I use separate systems for separate tasks, so that a malware attack or hardware failure can only take down a small part of my productivity. Still in trouble when the power goes out, though.)

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