How to Find Common Ground

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Reader Comments (54)

That sounds like a challenge for all people who have computers that never die. If I knew anyone like that... I had one die just last night! At least, the laptop power adapter. Evil devices...

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterswingwise

Fortunately I am full of credibility and never comment on related web comics.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteven desJardins

All ordered! Just so you know you have fans in NZ too....

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

My laptop has no problems... aside from the dead battery, the missing keys, the USB port that refuses to recognise anything plugged into it and the fact the taskbar freezes while booting up about 20% of the time.

But aside from that, nothing at all.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroppyu

So far this year. The only technical problems that I have had that I could not fix myself were with my air-conditioner, my car, and my smart phone. None of those problems were with my desktop computer.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

I'd love to make a sarcastic comment about macs, but I'm pretty sure that my computer would crash in the middle of typing it.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Yeah, well my computer neve..r.. has.. uh...

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatty K

Once my friend's Macbook crashed while he was telling me about how Macs never crash. It felt amazing.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

My brother just came home from college for the summer. He asked me if I could take a look at his laptop's hinge, because "it busted." Apparently, the hinge was the only thing holding half of the laptop together, because everything sprang open as soon as he showed it to me.

Long story short: there is no such thing as a "student proof" technological device. Nothing survives being hauled around in a bavkpack for a semester with half a doxen textbooks.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCally

Love it. Now I feel like you should do "How to Break the Fourth Wall". That would be awesome.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Thank you for reminding me to reboot my android. Damn thing goes off the rails if I do not reboot it every few weeks.

Another 4 panels of win - thanks for that too.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersillyus

I have a Chromebook. I should probably just stop right there...

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Brilliant! Best one in years.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrey Jackson

The five year old Mac Book that I'm typing this on has started crashing periodically. I've also got a Windows 8.1 tablet PC (detachable keyboard) that hasn't died yet, but I've only had it for 6 months, and haven't used it as much.

All computers "never die" for a while. The best you can hope for is a lengthy grace period before that "while" ends.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

At the risk of incurring Scott's wrath...

A lot of people with supposed "computer problems" pick up viruses on "free" naughty-video and other such sites. Or their machines are 5-10 years old, and not properly maintained. Or they installed "free" software they downloaded off the internet that installed malware.

Windows 7 plus Firefox plus Flashblo ck plus Adblock, on a newish and well maintained machine, is essentially problem free if you are a competent user.

Or just get Linux. You either know it well and it'll never break, or you don't know it well and you probably won't be able to find the commands to break anything... Or do anything useful.
to break anything.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Technically, this is not breaking the fourth wall. The characters do not acknowledge the audience or the fact that they are in a fictional work. They are painting the fourth wall.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarshall

Almost without fail, something goes wrong with my computer shortly after I say "I've not had any problems with my computer for a while."

So I should be due something within the week.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEntity447B

In general computers are stable until the tiniest stupid thing goes wrong, then it all goes to hell.

The last computer problem I had was when my xbox 360 controller had a loose wire, causing the usb to rapidly connect and disconnect from my computer, which caused a blue screen of death that apparently corrupted the windows driver foundation so badly it needed to be reformatted before it would boot again. This has happened twice so far.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermute

Well, can I share this with you? (which contains swearing):
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/feb/28/charlie-brooker-pfroblem-with-macs

I own an Android phone from a couple of years ago. It's not entirely satisfactory either.

And Windows, aarrgh!!

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

My tablet suffers from "phantom touches". Renders it useless.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric de Redelijkheid

Well, guess I can't comment. Wouldn't want to jinx it, anyway.

The internet, though... that is definitely a source of much cursing.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

I was going to say something, but now I won't, as per your request

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTT

The trick is to cow them into submission through fear and intimidation.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

My computers have a propensity to break. I had one (Windows) with no battery life that couldn't charge, and broke any battery it connected to so that couldn't charge. It also had no internet. The one I am using now (Linux) freezes fairly often, can't do anything I tell it to, and only gets internet if I am in the same room as the internet box.

My crowning moment was when I borrowed a friend's computer (Mac) for five minutes. I tried to play a unity game and watched some youtube. It took eight hours for him to fix and froze twice.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShrieker

My computer never has problems, but it's because I never do anything more strenuous with it than read web comics.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

What you said in panel 3 is so true. I've also had 2 (expensive) logic boards from my built-in refrigerator go out in the last year, I can hardly wait for the "internet of things" when more of my life will be disrupted by computers.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSMacD

awesome way to break through the screen, and proactively shut smug people down.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Even Linux isn't invulnerable to problems. In the last few months, I've twice had my desktop just... freeze. The mouse responds, but not much else.

Still beats the infrequent BSODs of my previous Windows machine, though...

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

That 3rd panel, how do I go about getting that on a t-shirt?

Also, I think 4th panel/4th wall would be a good tradition to start.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

As if calling out people whoa re full of it has ever stopped any of them from making a comment.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

No matter how bad computers/phones/etc. are they will never touch printers for random malfunction and breakage.

Even the legendary bulletproof professional HP laser printers of a decade ago now have all sorts of odd driver quirks and software issues that can be frustrating.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe

My brother swears by his iPhones. He claims they're the best phones he's ever had and he never has a problem with them...

until his calls get dropped
or his phone puts him on mute for no reason
or his battery dies too quickly
or an app crashes
or his iTunes fails to work
and the list goes on...

I won't say my phone is perfect, but that makes all the difference.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I have never, ever had a problem with my computer crashing.
My computer crashes. I can't work. I'm still getting paid.
No problem.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

The main problem seems to be that elitists are everywhere and are liars.

I am a recreational shooter- you wouldn't believe how tiresome it is to hear that my ,AK/Glock/ AR/ 1911/ revolver/ Rem 870/ Moss 500, etc. > never jams. Then go on the forums for any of those and do a search for the word "help" or "broken"... The snobs always blame something or someone other than their perfect item.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZach S

As a Linux user, mine is an evil laugh. A smug evil laugh, I suppose.

I may be full of it, but at least my OS isn't made of it. *ba-dum ching*

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterµ

@Matthew

That's because Apple calls those features.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The best defense is a good offence.
Excellent preemptive strike, Sir.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Apparently, Scott doesn't understand a simple fact; Those whose phone or operating system is different to mine are Satan's spawn, only suitable to be roasted on the rotisserie. They deserve eternal torture, and continual denigration for their stupidity. I hope that puts the matter to rest. Yours in winmacux.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Well, the Mac user in the cartoon can now upgrade... to an EZ Bake Oven.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTlalocW

These things sound like hardware problems, not software problems.

But this comic is missing the point with software problems: what matters isn't whether it ever breaks, but what you can *do* when it breaks. *That* is why I love Linux.

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentero11c

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