I thought the BOFH's Alter Ego from Salmon Days had turned him into a bike or something...
Redmond watchers discussing the corporate shake-up at Microsoft found one key figure lacking in the news: Clippy, the idiot-savant office assistant that pestered, hen-pecked, and lectured office users for a generation. So concerned by Clippy's absence from the boardroom episode of musical chairs going on over at Microsoft was …
Of course they didn't mention Clippy. Clippy is to Gates what Windows 8 is to Ballmer (or so I think).
Of course the real reason is that "reliable sources" (Youtube) tell us that Clippy once drove Bill Gates to suicide (link to youtube movie which I think is funny).
You have been warned!
Would you like some HELP?! ;-)
Clippy was great when you were asked to help get a silver surfer up and running with their new computer. It taught them how to ask the computer questions on the simple things they didn't know how to do when they first got started and it kept them off the phone to me every 30 minutes.
Once you understood the concept of asking the computer how to do something you turned it off. For some reason I've now go the picture of Scottie in Star Trek IV talking to the mouse in the glass factory.
Clippy was indeed useful, mostly to search or learn about features you didn't know Office had. Back in '97, this included the (sadly excised) option of saving versions of a Word document. You could have "version1", "version2" and current versions of your files in one place. And the animations triggered when you did certain activities (saving, sending email, printing) were funny.
What really made Clippy annoying was that the "HEEEY IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE WRITING A LETTER!!!" helpfulness couldn't be disabled; you either closed the whole agent away, or had it there ready to annoy you. Had MS put an option to have Clippy not intrude like it did, it might have had a better reception.
Check out Helpdesk cartoon they have binky the annoying paperclip
Birth of Binky Part 1
Birth of Binky Part 2
Birth of Binky Part 3
Birth of Binky The Aftermath
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