Once upon a time in the year 2000, there was paper clip named Clippy. Original.
Annoying as he was useless, the Clippit ‘Clippy’ Microsoft Office assistant was the O.G. Siri long before smart phones and Facebook, taking up space on the desktop of your clunky computer monitor under the guise of being helpful.
Unlike Siri’s impartial tone, Clippy was widely regarded as a patronising little thing.
It looks like you’re composing an autobiography. Would you like help?
— Clippy the Paperclip (@Hi_I_am_Clippy) August 19, 2017
Your computer seems to be turned on.Advertisement
— Clippy the Paperclip (@Hi_I_am_Clippy) August 9, 2017
He popped up whenever you didn’t need him, offering to help with the simplest of tasks like ‘writing a letter’ or ‘making a spreadsheet’.
He was also typically nowhere to be found or of no use whatsoever on the odd occasion you actually needed him.
And those big, creepy googly eyes – you couldn’t help but feel like Clippy was… leering at you, watching your every click on eBay and Limewire.
So prickly was Clippy’s disposition, the tool was retired to minimal duties in 2005 before being completely deactivated in 2007.
Remember when Clippy had the answer to all your life’s problems. pic.twitter.com/uW4HHSTfJF
— Fullscreen (@Fullscreen) August 25, 2017
Now, he’s back. Sort of.
Brought back from the dead, you can now find Clippy as a Microsoft Visual Studio extension.
The important thing to note about Clippy 2.0 is he’s an extension, meaning you now have the ~choice~ to have him in your life. Or not.
Do you remember Clippy? Was he ever useful?