Mark Zuckerberg Uses KDE

Wednesday, October 27. 2010

Dear David Fincher, Director of The Social Network,

The Social Networkyesterday evening I saw your great movie and I must say that I enjoyed it very much.

Besides the very interesting plot I was very happy that you have chosen KDE as Desktop environment for Marks computer (that does not prove that Mark is using KDE in real-life, of course - but as Mark is a smart guy, I would not wonder). At least you haven't followed the rest of Hollywood and gave him an Apple or made him use Windows.

I was very delighted that you did your homework and showed us the magic of wget and perl and no unrealistic Hollywood typical computer voodoo. People that did not know how to fetch a bunch of images from a website really learned something. Thank you very much for that.

But... really... was it necessary to ruin this good impression with the close up of the terminal session, where Mark had typed

> ping localhost
PING localhost.localdomain ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.031 ms
64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=0.041 ms
64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=0.045 ms
64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_req=4 ttl=64 time=0.036 ms
64 bytes from localhost ( icmp_req=5 ttl=64 time=0.047 ms
--- localhost.localdomain ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 3996ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.031/0.040/0.047/0.005 ms

I guess Mark knows that his computer is up and running, while he sits in front of it surfing Facebook.


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    #1 oxy on 10/30/10 at 10:01 AM
    *Maybe he just wanted to check if his IPv4 stack is functional? :-P
    #2 Paul on 10/30/10 at 04:38 PM
    *he was drinking during that scene right? :-)
    #2.1 jeff on 01/09/11 at 02:57 PM
    *Yeah he was drinking in this scene. :-) Maybe it was their way of hiding the real IP...
    #3 Create iPad application on 01/25/11 at 08:04 AM
    *Hey, guys! It's a movie! They don't know anything about programming and development! Why don't you argue when a gun falls with a sound of falling platic? The same is here - immitation. Acting.
    #4 Nelson on 03/28/11 at 12:41 AM
    *I think they put that in the film as a joke rather than trying to make it look like "oh, he's a super smart hacker because he has a terminal open" or some shit.
    To anyone who knows what it means, it's kinda funny that he would be pinging localhost for apparently no reason.
    I'm pretty sure it was just a joke or an easter egg.
    #5 James on 04/05/11 at 07:26 PM
    *I always ping localhost, what do you guys do for fun?

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