ClippyJS – Add Clippy or his friends to any website for instant nostalgia

While digging thru old files yesterday, I found all kinds of gaudy UI shenanigans I made during my PhD (so don’t tell me money spent on higher education is wasted).

Aside from common hot-at-the-time things like pie menus and gradients (so many gradients!), I also found my own Java implementation of a Clippy clone. If you’re too young to know what that is or want to impart pain on others via web-development, check out ClippyJS.

Now, I kind of want to add a a̶n̶n̶o̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ smart assistant to MBT Workbench, so I can tick off the hot-at-the-time checkbox “AI/machine learning,” and am struggling with the most important part: an identity for my assistant. Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, Facebook has Cambridge Analytics, Microsoft has Bigsby? Bing? Tay?

I am thinking of two personalities, but perhaps Facebook has more suggestions?

Britney Bugsquasher: Britney will make your application work as well as it sounds. Her motto is “Hit me bugs one more time,” because she’s apparently Scottish (and that’s not just an excuse to ignore a grammatical problem).

Hitler the Bug Exterminator: Hitler is here to squash bugs and chew bubblegum, and he’s all out of gum. His motto is “Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the bugs.”

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