February 14, 2014

Autistic Operating System

I wrote this analogy to try to help someone understand how you can't change my Autistic brain or take it away from me. I would not be the same person. So I wrote a really geeky analogy, since well, I'm kind of geeky.

Think of autism like a Linux computer and NT people like Windows. If you don't know how to run Linux, it can look really confusing to an outsider. The two operating systems can run similar programs, but the icons look different and how you execute functions might look different. 

Each OS may function more efficiently in different areas. One might not be able to run some of the programs you want it to. Each has its benefits and its drawbacks. Sometimes you might need help to figure out the programs. That's ok. That doesn't mean the system is bad.

But in this case, in real life, you cannot erase the operating system completely from the hard drive. It won't work. But you can create shortcuts on the desktop so that Windows users might find using a Linux computer easier. And vice versa.

Fewer people use Linux machines, so they exist in a largely Windows world, but it doesn't mean that they shouldn't exist. Users of each OS often swear theirs is better and wouldn't change a thing. 

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