Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Feb 2008 00:47 UTC
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I think I get it...
by thavith_osn on Fri 1st Feb 2008 01:11 UTC
thavith_osn
Member since:
2005-07-11

I really had to think about this one, but I think I finally get it.

The airbook is worried it will have the same fate as the cube... Sorry, took me a little to get that...

Reply Score: 2

RE: I think I get it...
by LordChaos on Fri 1st Feb 2008 09:17 UTC in reply to "I think I get it..."
LordChaos Member since:
2005-08-11

Well, I'm worried too...about the quality level of these cartoons.

Reply Score: 5

RE: I think I get it...
by pandronic on Fri 1st Feb 2008 12:49 UTC in reply to "I think I get it..."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

That was so not funny ... nor anything else.

Reply Score: 5

3 a week may be pushing it...
by PowerMacX on Fri 1st Feb 2008 02:13 UTC
PowerMacX
Member since:
2005-11-06

I know you said that the plan was to publish 3 comics a week but... maybe it would be better to just publish the better ones, even if that means just one every week...?

Reply Score: 7

Don't quit your day job
by nemith on Fri 1st Feb 2008 02:13 UTC
nemith
Member since:
2005-07-28

^^^

Reply Score: 4

Cool but...
by biffuz on Fri 1st Feb 2008 12:13 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

I like the idea of weekly comics, but... ehr... find someone who can draw, please :-)

Reply Score: 4

RE: Cool but...
by WereCatf on Fri 1st Feb 2008 12:17 UTC in reply to "Cool but..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

What? :O I think his drawings are just the way they should be ;) He may not be an artist but his drawing style suits the ironic atmosphere of the drawings like fist in the eye ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE: Cool but...
by peejay on Fri 1st Feb 2008 14:03 UTC in reply to "Cool but..."
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

In general, content >> drawing ability.

I mean, look at xkcd. ;)

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Cool but...
by Nathan O. on Tue 5th Feb 2008 03:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Cool but..."
Nathan O. Member since:
2005-08-11

Wait, content is appended to drawing quality?? ;-)

Reply Score: 1

Bwahahaha...
by bryanv on Fri 1st Feb 2008 15:21 UTC
bryanv
Member since:
2005-08-26

I liked it.

Then again, I'm a fan of dry wit.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Bwahahaha...
by Chicken Blood on Tue 5th Feb 2008 23:48 UTC in reply to "Bwahahaha..."
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

I liked it.

Then again, I'm a fan of dry wit.


I'm a fan of dry wit and that wasn't it.

Reply Score: 1

To the critics
by sbergman27 on Fri 1st Feb 2008 15:28 UTC
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

To the critics of the OSNews comics:

1. Thom was very upfront about his drawing abilities. And yet the drawings have, in general, been better than what I would probably have come up with.

2. If you think you can do better, or know someone who could, volunteer, or ask if they want to volunteer to collaborate. Think of what we have gotten so far as a prototype, or proof of concept, and not a finished product.

3. Those who can... do. Those who can't... teach. Those who can't teach... become critics.

As an aside: From the preview on the main page, and in the context of some recent comments, I thought we were in for a NetBSD toaster joke! ;-)

Edited 2008-02-01 15:32 UTC

Reply Score: 5

RE: To the critics
by FreeGamer on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 01:23 UTC in reply to "To the critics"
FreeGamer Member since:
2007-04-13

1. Thom was very upfront about his drawing abilities.

I'm sorry but that just doesn't cut it. Inkscape is free and Thom would, with an hour or two of doing tutorials, be able to recreate every comic done so far in just 10-15 minutes. We're not asking for photorealistic shading - the same b/w line style (i.e. just outlined basic shapes in SVG) would be fine but it'd be smarter and easier.

3. Those who can... do. Those who can't... teach. Those who can't teach... become critics.

Weak. Better way to look at things is if there are strong critics then you have to think very carefully whether one is doing the right thing. A few minutes of time with an SVG app and his critics will all but disappear.

Reply Score: 1

RE[2]: To the critics
by sbergman27 on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 01:30 UTC in reply to "RE: To the critics"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

A few minutes of time with an SVG app and his critics will all but disappear.


Doubtful. Some people enjoy criticizing others' work too much for improved quality to deter them.

But since you have the answers... and since it's so easy (just a few minutes with the right tool), why don't you volunteer to help on the artwork?

Personally, I think the raw sketches have a certain, err... rustic charm. ;-)

Also, consider that the purpose of the work is not to win awards, but to reduce the tension that tends, too easily, to build up in these forums.

Edited 2008-02-02 01:34 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: To the critics
by FreeGamer on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 11:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: To the critics"
FreeGamer Member since:
2007-04-13

I'm not paid to look after OSNews. (What do you think all the ads are for?)

Reply Score: 1

RE[4]: To the critics
by sbergman27 on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 13:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: To the critics"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

What ads? I pay the nickel a day membership because I enjoy the site. Subscribers don't get ads.

At any rate, I can see that it is pointless to appeal to your better nature because you don't seem to have one. And there is really no need, because you've made it abundantly clear how much your opinion is actually worth. And not just to me, I'd wager. But to pretty much anyone around here who appreciates work done by others on for his or her benefit.

BTW, and in case you didn't know, no one is paid to look after OSNews. It is entirely a volunteer effort. What little money that comes in from ad revenue and membership fees goes to paying for the costs of the site so that the volunteers do not have to pay the bandwidth costs, etc. out of their own pockets.

Have a nice day.

-Steve Bergman

Edited 2008-02-02 14:00 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE[4]: To the critics
by DrillSgt on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: To the critics"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"I'm not paid to look after OSNews. (What do you think all the ads are for?)"

Neither is Thom...he doesn't get paid as OSNews is a volunteer effort.

I happen to enjoy the comics. Keep up the good work Thom.

Reply Score: 2

Huh?
by jdusablon on Fri 1st Feb 2008 15:51 UTC
jdusablon
Member since:
2008-02-01

Thom:

I don't understand the message... are you bashing Apple, the cube, the AirBook, or Steve Jobs?

I'm not trying to be over critical here like some others, but I find the jokes kind of "wishy washy." I get the impression that you want to make a statement, but that your comics lack focus, or maybe you need to go a little further with the humour.

Keep at it, though. Failure lies only in not trying. All the best.

Reply Score: 3

To be honest...
by NathanHill on Fri 1st Feb 2008 18:04 UTC
NathanHill
Member since:
2006-10-06

I'm not a big fan of the comics either.

Tech humor just isn't that great anyway...

Reply Score: 1

RE: To be honest...
by fjleon on Sun 3rd Feb 2008 15:33 UTC in reply to "To be honest..."
fjleon Member since:
2006-05-02

You haven't read joyoftech yet.

Reply Score: 1

I disagree
by HeLfReZ on Fri 1st Feb 2008 18:55 UTC
HeLfReZ
Member since:
2005-08-12

I find this to be one of the better ones, I think its hilarious. I guess we have a few too many fanbois here to admit that the potential for it to be another "Cube" is high.

Only difference is that there are alot of people with alot of disposable income these days. It may not be as bad as the Cube, which was a awesome design, just to heavy on looks and light on function.

I'll take my m1330 over an Air anyday, and keep the extra $1k in my pocket lol.

Reply Score: 3

I don't get it.
by NxStY on Fri 1st Feb 2008 18:58 UTC
NxStY
Member since:
2005-11-12

I don't get it. Is the MacBook air thinking about Macs flying in the air and shakes because it tries to lift off? Or is it afraid of being canceled like the G4 Cube?

Reply Score: 2

Obvious
by fretinator on Fri 1st Feb 2008 21:39 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's obvious - the Macbook is afraid it will soon have NetBSD installed on it - just like the toasters! Anyhoo, keep up the good work. I thought it was funny. Seems like a lot of people wear very tight underwear. Loosen up a bit, folks!

Reply Score: 3