I had this idea a while back. You know how computers in movies are always some sort of interactive brightly-coloured touch-screen kind of deal? (“It’s a UNIX system… I know this!”) And you remember how excited all us techno-geeks got when Trinity used sshnuke to crack the security mainframe system in The Matrix Reloaded?
There should be a utility /usr/bin/tawgo, that’s standard on all Linux distros, that combines the audience appeal of brightly coloured cheese with the geek cred of technical accuracy.
[root@fortress]$ cd /home/dr.evil/ [root@fortress]$ tawgo "PREPARING TO COPY SECRET FILES..." [root@fortress]$ cp -Rf * /mnt/floppy [root@fortress]$ tawgo "SECRET FILES COPIED" [root@fortress]$ tawgo --help tawgo: Tell Audience What's Going On Usage: tawgo [option] MESSAGE Displays MESSAGE in big bright coloured letters, probably in some sort of futuristic animated dialog box. -a --animation Show cheesy animation -w --warning Use yellow & black warning stripes -s --self-destruct Initiate fake countdown sequence -v --voice Reads MESSAGE in a Female Computer Voice Use -v -s if you need Female Computer Voice counting down the seconds to our hero's impending destruction. [root@fortress]$ tawgo "INITIATING SATELLITE ALIGNMENT" [root@fortress]$ /usr/sbin/comsatctl -a --lat=53.47.6 --lon=1.29.2 [root@fortress]$ tawgo "SATELLITE ALIGNED." [root@fortress]$ tawgo "BEGINNING FIRING SEQUENCE" [root@fortress]$ /usr/sbin/comsatctl --target 01 --fire [root@fortress]$ tawgo -v -s "FIRING SEQUENCE INITIATED"
They’d save a fortune on expensive UI mockups, too – all you’d need is a laptop running Ubuntu and you’ve got your snazzy whizz-bang computer hacker Unix system all ready to go.