The Third Prophet

I was googling myself and came across this.  I wrote it a long time ago on Slashdot and thought that it deserved to be reposted here. 

The first prophet was called Netscape and he was
mighty, leading the people serenely through the internet. But the
people forsook the prophet and the prophet turned to evil ways. In
time, the first prophet was corrupted by evil in the form of the giant
ISP known as Baal or AOL.

The second prophet was a false prophet
called Internet Explorer, which hid its true nature from the people
until it was nearly too late since it was sent out by the great
deceiver, Microsoft. The great deceiver tried to limit their access to
the internet and to turn them aside from anything that the deceiver did
not make money off of.

The people groaned and labored to feed
the great deceiver, but alas, nothing could fill his belly. The great
deceiver blessed the heresy of having the browser integrated into the
operating system. Loudly did the people cry unto the computer gods for
a new prophet to lead them, but the gods were angry since they had
given the people Linux. The people ignored Linux and chose to follow
the great deceiver.

Finally, the computer gods softened their
hearts and heard the cries of the people and sent a third prophet. The
people are fortunate that they have not been abandoned for straying
from the path of Linux. Mighty indeed is the penguin. A new prophet has
been sent to lead us out of the valley of the shadow of ActiveX.

Hallelujah!

The heavens opened, the angels sang, and Firefox descended into our midst to relieve us from the woe that is Internet Explorer.

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8 thoughts on “The Third Prophet

  1. Very nice.When I google myself, there’s not much that comes up except for forum profile pages that have long since been forgotten.Brian

  2. You forgot the BSD mascots (perhaps excluding NetBSD’s flag) and the GNU gnu. As mighty as Tux is, he wouldn’t be much without them. Oh, and throw in Gentoo’s Larry the Cow while we here. He doesn’t do much but a transexual bovine is kinda cool in my book. Oh yes.

  3. I know, but my comment was directed at this part:Finally, the computer gods softened their hearts and heard the cries of the people and sent a third prophet. The people are fortunate that they have not been abandoned for straying from the path of Linux. Mighty indeed is the penguin. A new prophet has been sent to lead us out of the valley of the shadow of ActiveX.

  4. Well, activeX isn’t a part of Linux now is it? It’s also not subject to nearly the number of browser related issues that IE causes. Heck, I’ve had sites that were “optomized for IE” crash Safari, Mozilla, Opera, and a whole host of other browers. My biggest complaint is that, with the right ActiveX commands, I can format your hard drive. You don’t see any of that nonsense in any of the other browsers.Oh, and now that Adobe bought Macromedia, the new upadated IE browser won’t run Flash or Shockwave. It was all fine and dandy when Macromedia was owned by these little guys but now that Adobe owns them…. I think this all has to do with the squabble that Microsoft and Adobe got into over the PDF file format. Seems that Microsoft put a “Save As” document type of PDF, which pretty much obviated the need to buy Adobe’s software to make a PDF. Since the reader is free, that really put Adobe in a bind. They got their undies in a knot and Microsoft ended up removing it from the Office suite. Now, apparently, Microsoft is out for blood.

  5. Oh, and now that Adobe bought Macromedia, the new upadated IE browser won’t run Flash or Shockwave.This is excellent news, I think. Perhaps now Free alternatives can usurp both plugins and make them redundant.

  6. There is a plug in for office called Primo PDF that will let you write any office document to a PDF file. 
    As for Flash & Shockwave, there are a variety of products that mimic the output of the files, but so far, I’ve not seen a plug in to do so.  Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, etc. don’t have the same issue as the IE browser.

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