Explaining Linux and Programming to others

LittlePebble10

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My calling is in art and writing so, its not uncommon for people to get a little confused. At least when I explain it. I even had one person thought I wrote code for blogs. I am a blogger but, I actually don't know a whole lot about html or any other web page design type of programming. My languages that I know are Python, and c/c++. My type of programming is either for making Command-line based programs or MCU electronics programming. I am trying to learn GUI stuff with Gnome GTK in "C" but, it will be a while before I actually make my first application. I plan on making a Bible/devotional diary type of program when I master GTK.
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The one question I get that is not exactly possible to answer is, "what is this for?" I normally go into the details of the current project I am on but, a lot of times that does not answer their question because they are normally wanting to know what an arduino, raspberry pi, or programming software is for. I will try to explain by saying they are for designing things and making prototypes. I pretty much give up when they repeat the question because some how that don't answer their question.
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What about you guys? What odd or unusal interactions have you had with family and friends when it came to explianing your type of work or hobby?
 


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