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August 30, 2007

Windows 1875

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Microsoft Windows, stagecoach, Strange Brew — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. I don’t get it, but I assume they’re going to crash.

    Comment by brien — August 30, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  2. I think the artist is a disgruntled MicroSoft customer, accusing the company of highway robbery. The “Windows 1875” is obviously a (dated) play on “Windows 2000.” Maybe the joke being that Windows 2000 has since been replaced by Windows XP and Vista: Every couple years, they expect us to fork out more and more money for newer versions, and strong-arm us into buying them by no longer offering support for the older versions, plus newer software will only work with the newer versions. It’s highway robbery!

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — August 30, 2007 @ 2:37 am

  3. “Play on Windows 2000”?
    And Windows 98.
    And Windows 95.
    Lest we forget.

    But in any case, this cartoon is lame on so many levels that you can hardly count them. Are the cowboys wearing their bandannas over their noses because they’re outlaws or because of all the dust and smoke in the air? And is that smoke billowing around them (perhaps because of the impending crash (and burn)) or dust or just those cartoon clouds that horses’ hooves make in cartoons? And why is the one cowboy looking over his shoulder? And why go to all this trouble when M$FT stopped naming OS’s after years seven years ago?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — August 30, 2007 @ 5:35 am

  4. I think this has to do with security before a new OS is released. I think these guys are stagecoach drivers protecting the cashbox (which in old Westerns would contain the “payroll”), and are looking out for bandits.

    Comment by Hunt — August 30, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  5. Maybe it IS a joke ABOUT Microsoft, and …
    The year is 1875.
    The box contains panes of glass for a house.
    The people are the equivalent of “hackers,” and they stole the windows for their own profit.

    Comment by Rammy M — August 30, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  6. Hunt has it right. They are delivering the newest version to the general store… If only modern day Windows security was this good.

    Comment by Winman — August 30, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  7. What the cartoon isn’t telling you is that the year is actually 1880. The scheduled release of Windows 1875 just kept slipping.

    Comment by John MacLerran — August 30, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  8. The two men look like bandits to me, at least by every stereotypical view I’ve ever seen of American old West bandits. As to the meaning of the comic, I’m not sure. My only thought is that it has something to do with piracy, as that would be the modern day equivalent. One of the guys is holding reigns, so it seems like this Windows is horse driven, but that really looks like dark smoke. There’s so much smoke that it seems like it has something to do with it. Maybe it’s something about being horse-run, but still wasting resources like coal?

    Comment by bAT L. — August 31, 2007 @ 3:34 am

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