Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Best ‘readme’ File Ever!!! | Tech Pedia

I got to confess! I never read readme files, ever. Even for hardware or software installations, I prefer to figure it out by myself. But, things might just change for me in the future. A readme file from gnome-cups-manager had me in a fix over the things I could have missed earlier. If you’re not aware, the readme file is for a Gnome graphical front-end for a tool used to manage print queues and adding printers/etc.

Once upon a time there was a printer who lived in the woods. He was a lonely printer, because nobody knew how to configure him. He hoped and hoped for someone to play with.
One day, the wind passed by the printer’s cottage. “Whoosh,” said the wind. The printer became excited. Maybe the wind would be his friend!
“Will you be my friend?” the printer asked.
“Whoosh,” said the wind.
“What does that mean?” asked the printer.
“Whoosh,” said the wind, and with that it was gone.
The printer was confused. He spent the rest of the day thinking and jamming paper (for that is what little printers do when they are confused).
The next day a storm came. The rain came pouring down, darkening the morning sky and destroying the printer’s garden. The little printer was upset. “Why are you being so mean to me?” he asked.
“Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter,” said the rain.
“Will you be my friend?” the printer asked shyly.
“Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter,” said the rain, and then it left and the sun came out.
The printer was sad. He spent the rest of the day inside, sobbing and blinking lights cryptically (for that is what little printers do when they are sad).
Then one day, a little girl stumbled into the printer’s clearing in the woods. The printer looked at this curious sight. He didn’t know what to think.
The little girl looked up at him. “Will you be my friend?” she asked.
“Yes,” said the printer.
“What is your name?” asked the little girl.
“HP 4100TN”, replied the printer.
“My name is gnome-cups-manager” said the little girl.
The printer was happy. He spent the rest of the day playing games and printing documents, for that is what little printers do when they are happy.


Best ‘readme’ File Ever!!! | Tech Pedia

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