The Dilbert strip referenced in Neil Stephenson's In The Beginning Was The Command Line:
This strip ran on 06/24/1995 -- more than 11 years ago. It is still timely and relevant, although for reasons different from 1995.
It is featured on the front of Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series):
Stephenson actually mis-describes the strip in the essay:
(2) a copy of a Dilbert cartoon in which Dilbert, the long-suffering corporate software engineer, encounters a portly, bearded, hairy man of a certain age--a bit like Santa Claus, but darker, with a certain edge about him. Dilbert recognizes this man, based upon his appearance and affect, as a Unix hacker, and reacts with a certain mixture of nervousness, awe, and hostility. Dilbert jabs weakly at the disturbing interloper for a couple of frames; the Unix hacker listens with a kind of infuriating, beatific calm, then, in the last frame, reaches into his pocket. "Here's a nickel, kid," he says, "go buy yourself a real computer."
Dilbert is by Scott Adams and runs daily on the web and