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Real computing in an imaginary world

Postby heiowge » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:52 pm

Sent as an email to our LUG members (Chester LUG for those who must know)...

My son was watching a TV programme called 'Lazytown' this morning. For those of you without kids, it's a mixture of actors and puppets living in a comic style world (I'm sure the programme makers explain it far better!).

One of the puppet characters on it is a techie and has a room full of gadgets and monitors. The monitors all have the usual fancy graphics flying around the screens looking hi-tech. I spotted that one is actually showing SETI@Home on it. Then a further look I spotted one monitor running DOS and a dir /s. Already having sunk into serious geek levels I was looking for evidence of other real systems. There was something that looked a little like it could have been a kernel boot screen but I thought I was maybe looking a bit too much into it.

The story line of the episode was that the guys website was being attacked by the bad guy (yes kids TV has changed since 'our day'). Lots of wizzy screens were appearing until the character said he'd have to write some code to stop it. To my surprise we then brought up a Linux terminal and started typing genuine commands! There was a kill -9, pipping of commands, a make command and even a /etc/init.d/network stop!

Ok that is nerdy, but when adult TV programmes always show unrealistic GUIs it's funny to see a kids programme showing real computing. Naturally I now approve of this programme :-)
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Postby M-Saunders » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:53 pm

But was he running Bash or KSH?

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Postby heiowge » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:57 pm

That I can't tell you. This email is pretty much the full extent of what I know about it. Feel free to ask Chester LUG for further details if you want... that or you could ask Sporticus! :lol:
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Postby jjmac » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:01 am

Hoping they don't change writers ...

That all made me think of Gene Rodenberry, who i guess has been inspirational to many, over time.


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Postby helen-au » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:18 am

oh that is brilliant, love it. And kids do pick up on that kind of stuff, when it's a topic they are interested in. They hate fakery.

I'm always curious to know about the advanced science in Big Bang Theory - do they get a real physicist to write science in-jokes?
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