Before reading this excellent piece, I didn’t realize how endangered my species is becoming. The first few sentences sum it all up and nicely describe the peril that our dwindling numbers face:
There is a sad truth to the world today. I am part of a dying breed of people known as “shell users.” …… We use ssh, scp, and even occassionally ftp… , our kind is facing extinction.
Come to think of it, I have lately been active on a couple of webmaster forums, and though a positive sign is that a vast number of people are running their sites on Linux, it is alarming that only a handful of them know the difference between a Bourne shell and a bomb shell.
For us shell people, it would be blasphemous to run a server without knowing the MTA it is running. Yet these kids today can clear their email queue with a simple click, without ever bothering to know what they just did. No wonder spammers and viruses are spreading so fast. Just think what would happen when we shell people have disappeared.
So, if you are a woman between the ages of 23 and 43 who is ready to raise a child in the way of the shell, let me know so we can begin the process.
Don’t let us die. Help us and you’ll receive a 30 percent discount on all shell services we offer, and that includes setting up virus and spam protection.