Updated: February 22, 2012
This is going to be a clowns-quality article - sad and tragic and most likely unfunny. But some of you may yet chuckle at the contents displayed. For 'tis not just any article about funny stuff, it's one that has to do with computers and operating systems. So basically we're gonna showcase bad cases of algorithms, mathematics and coding translated into things you see on your screen.
We will talk about mail filters, battery life meters, download speeds, weird popups, and other things that escape the quality assurance teams, as they are too busy LAN-partying anyway. Presenting the short list of some of the funny, quirky, geeky things I've seen in the past couple of years. If you hate this, I allow you to send me hate mails.
Yahoo's phenomenal mail filter
There isn't much to say for one that is so rigorous it filters itself, no?
Microsoft loves the Internet
After you install a .NET framework, no more Web is necessary!
Fedora downloads the bestest
How about 2.8GB/sec download speed? Screw SSD! Screw SATA! It's all in the cloud.
Firefox downloads the bestest too!
Not only is Fedora the champ of all the packets, so is Firefox:
But SUSE holds the world record in disk requirements
How much do you think a typical Linux distro needs? 4GB? Well, how about 19.2PB more? That's 19,200TB more. Yup, you read that right.
All your battery are belong to Microsoft
Windows also leads in battery life on Windows 7 laptops due to this new technology called always-turned-off. The standard 6-cell battery allows no less than 36 hours and 48 minutes of merry computing, not.
Microsoft is best known for intelligent prompts
Nothing too verbose, just the right amount of information for the user.
Smartness contest, anti-virus products
Avira definitely wins, and there's no image that better represent security than the one below. A combination of words child, abuse and fabric softener to instill the clear message of security, no? A definite winner there.
SSD on Linux
Remember speed, darn blazing speed? Well, Fedora ain't the only one. Ubuntu with SSD, when bootcharted, gives these lovely figures. No one does it better, James Bond. Well, 102.5GB/sec is definitely a nice number. Ought to boot in 4 nanoseconds.
And that would be all.
There, we're done here. I told you, tragic and maybe a little funny. Still, I think you can appreciate the colorful variety of errors shown here, as well as the snarky commentator's voice following you through your experience. Dedoimedo winning.
I have a few more, but I decided against posting them, as some are too silly. Remember the icecream-smeared kid used in Yahoo mail self-promotion images? Well that one is a sure winner, but I did not want it polluting my pixels. And a few others. Now, if you have ideas, sure send them. Enjoy.
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