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Joel on Software "Fortune" Collection

I have started preparing a collection of nice (usually funny) quotes from Joel's articles, suitable for use as input to the UNIX "fortune" program. You can find them here:

In case you are not familiar with "fortune", then it is a program that displays a random quote out of a collection
of text files, in a certain directory. Many people (including me), call it in their login scripts.

At the moment, it contains 14 pieces of text, but I'll be happy to add more suggestions which are self-contained and that I find amusing.

(I should note that there are other fortune collections there, but they are not particularly related to JoS).

Shlomi Fish
Monday, July 12, 2004

You could devote a week to scanning the forum archives, there is a lot of hilarious stuff in here!

On the other hand, those quotes on your page seem way too long(?)

Monday, July 12, 2004

Don't forget this gem: "Please sir, check yourself into a mental health institution before it's too late." from

That certainly created a lot of static if you check the online syndication.

Steve Jones (UK)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Alex: UNIX fortunes are displayed on the terminal's screen. Thus, they could be as long as you wish, but preferablly should fit into 80*24 characters.

As for scanning the forums, I'd rather not devote a week for it (I don't have a week to spare). I'd also rather stick to things Joel says in his articles.

Shlomi Fish
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I always thought the funniest was from his personal website: I have a boyfriend, Jared, (yeah, mom, he's Jewish!)

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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