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"The story of how a Web designer at an unknown Canadian ISP came to create the most popular comic strip in the Linux community (with the help of a Cheryl Ladd lookalike)"

"It's obvious to anyone who takes the time to check that a preoccupation with laughter is particularly strong in the geek community. Geeks have a penchant for humor of all kinds, from acerbic wit to double entendres, and from hilarious British comedy to the twisted and subversive jokes of Matt Groening's universe. We like to poke fun at pretty much everything, even at ourselves, and this very trait is what prompted me to pull a pen out and start scrawling funny pictures on blank paper when I was 12 years old."

"If you ask 20 people what User Friendly is about, you'll get 20 subtly different answers. Some say it's a Linux cartoon; some say it's a cartoon about open source; some say it's about the rift between technical and nontechnical staff; others say it's about the pain that technical people suffer when dealing with the stubbornly unintelligent; some even say that User Friendly is a cartoon about Internet workers. User Friendly addresses all of these issues, but I don't think that's what it's about, strictly speaking. User Friendly's universe revolves around the simple idea that technology brings out both the best and worst in people, no matter who they are."

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