Comic 225 - cmd.exe

23rd May 2011, 11:00 AM in What Could Have Been
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Come on, Author. We don't really *care* about what the Brigade are doing now. Get back to the stuff about the fourth wall already.

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Author Notes:

My two favourite things about Jurassic Park:
- that Lex recognises fsn as a UNIX system, despite its appearance suggesting significantly to the contrary, and that she, more ludicrously, elects to use it instead of dropping to a terminal and using find.
- that her name is Lex.

@snowyowl: vi is indeed a text editor. bash and sh are both shells. emacs is an operating system.


24th May 2011, 12:19 AM
officially lost again - but please don't recap again..

24th May 2011, 8:07 AM
There's an apocalypse shelter which has recently been hit by an apocalypse and been almost completely destroyed (it was obviously not a very good apocalypse shelter). The computer that controlled the shelter was miraculously unharmed.

In today's comic, Trope-Tan attempts to run some programs that are installed on most Linux-based systems - I don't know what most of them do, but vi is a text editor. None of them work, which is surprising. Bob correctly guesses that the computer is a Windows operating system, and tries the dir command, which on a Windows-based machine lists the available files in the current directory.

Incidentally, the current directory cannot be accessed for some reason, but we do find out that the serial number is TROP-3T4N. Look familiar?

24th May 2011, 1:04 PM
The serial number was actually 7 R *Zero* P *hyphen* E 7 4 N.
Otherwise, yes.

25th May 2011, 10:02 AM
Interestingly enough, there isn't actually enough information available to determine is Bob is indeed correct.

The OS depicted is, in fact, PC-DOS. However, there is only one PC-DOS clone still in distribution (FreeDOS) that is not a Windows subsystem or the equivalent component of a Windows clone (like ReactOS or WINE).

It is most likely that this is indeed a Windows system running in maintenance mode, but we can't actually be certain of that yet.

Assuming that the font depicted is supposed to be the console typeface, the third letter in the drive volume label does appear to be 'O' (LATIN LETTER CAPITAL O), not '0' (ARABIC NUMERAL ZERO), but the way it was drawn is admittedly ambiguous.



Jane: We need more clues.
Fred: Perhaps whoever built the shelter left behind some information. Like in this terminal here.

Trope-tan: It's a UNIX system! I know this!

C:\> emacs
Bad command or file name.

Trope-tan: Wasn't really expecting emacs to be installed anyway. Not a problem.

C:\> vi
Bad command or file name.
C:\> bash
Bad command or file name.
C:\> sh
Bad command or file name.

Trope-tan: Uh, this could be a problem.
Bob: Let me try.

C:\> dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 7ROP-E74N
Access denied.

Bob: It's *Windows*, you moron.


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