Media praise for Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell

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"The comic strip User Friendly has quickly reached cult status amongst UNIX administrators, programmers, and users. Why is this the case? Illiad has a knack for depicting graphically what's on everyone's mind-that the world of computers has gone completely to hell. So, into this crazy world of uncommon common sense, powerless power-users, and maniacal management, Illiad throws his irreverent, witty sense of humor. Just about everyone is familiar with User Friendly, but oddly enough, many people don't realize that Illiad's wonderful comic strip has actually been published, and twice at that! Yes, you can now read User Friendly offline in the luxury of your home! Evil Geniuses is, front-to-back, nothing but delightful User Friendly comic strips. If the mere thought of having offline access to User Friendly makes your toes tingle (even if you won't admit it), then you are in for a treat. Illiad's humor practically seeps through the book as you move from page to page. " --Dustin Puryear, 32bitsonline.com, Sept 2000 "Remember Dilbert in the early days? UF has a similar feel, except the jokes are about Linux distribution wars, Quake III weirdness, and, hey, lots and lots of caffeine. If you're a serious geek, chances are you'll be left ROTFL." -- Patrick Norton, TechTV, April 22, 2000

"For those who've now reached intellectual saturation with Perl, I recommend checking out Evil Geniuses in a Nutshell: A User Friendly Guide to World Domination....a little humorous stimulation is usually the best for overcoming technical overload!" --John Joyce, Scientific Computing and Instrumentation, Sept 2000

"a funny, sophisticated series of plots and subplots that illustrates the conflict of interest between upper management and marketing and those who truly know what they're doing. It's a great find for computer geeks." --Pam Whatley, Lake Computing, Sept 2000

"Looking for a collection of high-tech humor like nothing else you've seen before? Pick up a copy of Evil Geniuses In A Nutshell." -- Mike Madson, Computer Bits, June 2000

"More laughter provoking episodes provided by Illiad. The assortment of comic strips include something for everyone: tech support, programmers, system administrators, and gaming enthusiasts. Illiad's witty approach to topical subjects creates a reflection of the Open Source community which is unique, insightful, and side-splitting." --Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin, July 2000

"Smart and quirky, Illiad's cartoons cut through market-speak with laugh-out-loud humour, documenting the idiosyncrasies of a subculture that's moving fast into the mainstream eye. --Tamsin Todd, amazon.co.uk, May 2000

"One of the characteristics of healthy cultures is that they can poke fun at themselves. I guess the hacker culture is in good health, because User Friendly is hilarious. Its irreverence, sophisticated in-jokes and surrealistic edge are a rocket straight out of the Internet's collective unconscious." --Eric S. Raymond, ubergeek

"...the cartoon is so insightful and captures the essence of today's web industry so brilliantly that it's definitely going to be big." --Nina Furu, columnist, digi.no

"User Friendly has my sides splitting daily. Illiad has taken a step that no one else has done by doing a strip for the Un*x/Geek community thats funny and cute." --Trae McCombs, manager, themes.org

"User Friendly has something that no other cartoon has, the ability to not only be funny, but be exactly like events at your own work. In fact sometimes you think life would be better if you worked for Columbia Internet." - Scott James Remnant, Editor, segfault.org


"It is a funny, sophisticated series of plots and subplots involving a "dust puppy" who was born inside a mega-server, and is involved with a neurotic Internet Service Provider staff Simply put, Evil Geniuses illustrates the conflict of interest between upper management and marketing, and those who truly know what they are doing. It is a great find for computer geeks, who may see themselves in the characters." -Lake Computing, September 1, 2000

"Let's stand up and cheer O'Reilly for publishing J.D. "Illiad" Frazer's collection of "User Friendly" comic strips. It's a badly needed break from the medium of all those serious technical books. This geekly guide to World Domination will rattle your brain cells and clear the air around your monitor. Toss aside your keyboard and guffaw for the hell of it. Have a chuckle break and some inspired digital giggles. Besides, man can't live by Dilbert alone." --Derek Pell, www.dingbatmag.com, September 2000

"So, into this crazy world of uncommon common sense, powerless power-users, and maniacal management, Illiad throws his irreverent, witty sense of humor. Just about everyone is familiar with User Friendly, but oddly enough, many people don't realize that Illiad's wonderful comic strip has actually been published, and twice at that! Yes, you can now read User Friendly offline in the luxury of your home! Evil Geniuses is, front-to-back, nothing but delightful User Friendly comic strips. If the mere thought of having offline access to User Friendly makes your toes tingle (even if you won't admit it), then you are in for a treat. Illiad's humor practically seeps through the book as you move from page to page. (Well, except for Dust Puppy, who is just plain odd.)" --Dustin Puryear, 32bitsonline, Sept. 2000