Silly person. I do own a barrow-full of Microsoft stock, but that in no way
influences my position.
But had you not inserted Linux into the discussion on teaspoons and motor
oil, I would not have responded. I don't object to Linux when the discussion
is about moles or tar paper or even how many dollops per pint. It may come
as a shock to some, but the number of teaspoons in a pint or rods in a
furlong can be divined without appealing to the Linux god.
In the words of some great worthy, "The only way for Linux to triumph is for
good men to do nothing."
Very interesting replies. Wondering why so many got so defensive? I
merely asking a simple question that should have returned a simple
I have given away many secrets and knowledge on this newsgroup and
the thanks I get. I should have expected this from some but not the
majority of posters. Attacks were uncalled for.
Simple answer...you said it has taken you a lifetime to learn what you
know. Where did you learn it? Obviously, by asking questions of people
who knew more about it than you did at the time, it's called give and
take. You will never know all there is to know about everything in
your lifetime, so hopefully when you come up against a problem you
can't solve, you will ask, and someone will know the answer. You
should be willing to do the same IMO. :-)
re: Wondering why so many got so defensive?
Please go back and read your original post, paying close attention to
the tone. Make believe you didn't write it and imagine how it might
come across to others.
You state that "some of these people should be paying for the advice
that *I* (only you?) took years to learn." That comes across as pretty
arrogant, considering that you are not the only one giving away free
advice. (BTW - Which "some" should be paying? Do certain people
deserve free advice while others do not?)
re: I was merely asking a simple question that should have returned a
You didn't ask a question, even though you put a question mark at the
end of a line - that was just an incorrect use of punctuation.
"Tell me why I should be giving this info out for free."
"Tell me why is an order, not a question. Once again, it comes across
as arrogant when you order us to tell you something.
As others have said (please don't get defensive) if you don't want to
give your knowledge away for free, stop responding. No one will fault
you; no one will ask "Hey, what ever happened to evodawg?" Feel free
to open a pay-for-answers site and charge others for your expert
opinions. That is certainly an option and I wish you the best of luck.
There are people who are unable to deal with others on a social level.
Wallflowers, geeks, wierdos, I'm sure you are very well acquainted
with those terms and many others like them.
These people fail to understand the most basic concepts of human
relationships, and for the most part can only find companionship
with a pet rock or a computer.
Classic examples of Darwinian theory. They are unable to reproduce
as the only thing they can find to mate with are their own hands,
which ironically even hate them.
One thing I've found over the years is that truly knowledgeable people
are always willing to share there knowledge with others. It's the
ones who don't have a clue that attempt to impress others with
something that doesn't exist.
So tell us what is the correct way to ask a customer if they would
like fries with their order?
I get paid very well for my knowledge. I also get a very nice bonus every
year because the company runs well and make a profit. To do this, I share
all of the knowledge I have with others so they too, may do a good job and
together we all make a lot of money.
Some of the best knowledge I have was gained from others that shared with
me. I, therefore, have no reason not to pass it on to others. From your
writing, my guess is that you have a lot of knowledge, but little wisdom.
Once you learn the difference your attitude may change.
Well...kind of ironic you boast about running a free OS that has been
created by the spirit of giving and sharing on the part of hundreds of
programmers who aren't in totally for the money.
We all share when we can since none of us know everything.
Of course maybe YOU do know everything and you wrote every line of
code of the OS you use in which case maybe you can't learn from
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
Running Mandriva release 2008.0 free-i586 using KDE on i586
Simple, for pure entertainment. Its entertaining to write, its entertaining
to help others. Its entertaining to find out if I am full of it or not.
Unfortunately that's probably why the trolls, flamers, grouches, bullies and
idiots post on Usenet as well.
That lifetime of learning had to come from somewhere, why not a Usenet
newsgroup or a forum. Wisdom kept to ones self is diminished.
OTOH, you shouldn't share trade secrets or patented processes here
particularly if you own them. Most everything in the topic of home
improvement is public domain so you're not saving anything for yourself
anyway. Knowledge is potential value but doing has real value.
My grandfather gave me good advice once. Boy! Come down out of that
tree. You're "gonna" fall. Sure as shift I fell out that tree a few
A boss asked me in 1977, what would we do, if there was a prison riot.
He explained: that what he would do, is call on the knowledge /
experience of his staff and execute the policy for emergencies.
Some time I need to talk with people that are best qualified to decide
Give it away to keep it.
If I give someone advice on a subject that I know something about but he
doesn't, he may be inclined to post in reply to a query about a subject
that I don't know a whole lot about but he does.
Or, we could all just hoard all that knowledge that we've acquired to
ourselves. But then, how do we acquire it? By doing stuff wrong all
the time until we finally hit on the combination that works? That's an
expensive way to learn.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
It's called voluntary public service. You don't
have to participate unless you want to do so.
Instead of posting here, use that time to find
new clients or service existing clients. It's
up to you.
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