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Inspired by a broken air conditioner (Bob Montante)
(computer, smirk)

Reasons Why a Slide Rule (and Paper Pad) is Better Than an X Workstation

- A Slide Rule doesn't shut down abruptly when it gets too hot.

- One hundred people all using Slide Rules and Paper Pads do not
  start wailing and screaming due to a single-point failure.

- A Slide Rule doesn't smoke whenever the power supply hiccups.

- A Slide Rule doesn't care if you smoke, or hiccup.

- You can spill coffee on a Slide Rule; you can use a Slide Rule
  while _completely_submerged_ in coffee.

- You never get nasty system messages about filling up your entire
  paper quota with pointless GIF pictures for the root window.

- A Slide Rule and Paper Pad fit in a briefcase with space left over
  for lunch or a change of underwear.

- A properly used Slide Rule can perform pipelined and parallel
  operations.  (Okay, you need a guru for this.)

- You don't get junk mail offering pricey software upgrades that
  fix current floating point errors while introducing new ones.

- A Slide Rule doesn't need scheduled hardware maintenance.

- A Paper Pad supports text and graphics images easily, and can be
  easily upgraded from monochrome to color.

- Slide Rules are designed to a standardized, open architecture.

- You can hold a Slide Rule at arm's length, to hit the obnoxious
  person at the next seat over.

- a Slide Rule is immune to viruses, worms, and other depradations
  from hostile adolescents with telephones.

- Additional Paper Pads can be integrated into the system seamlessly
  and without needing to reconfigure everything.

- Nobody will make you feel bad by introducing a smaller, faster,
  cheaper slide rule next month.

from the frustrated, system-crashed desk of

(From the "Rest" of RHF)

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