History Of The Net
First there was God. He was quite lonely so he created Dennis.
Dennis was unimpressed with God.
So,… God created Brian.
But, Brian got bored with God.
So Brian and Dennis started playing, and they created C. God saw
C, and saw that it was good. So he decided to let Brian and
Dennis play some more.
Then Brian and Dennis created Unix. God saw Unix, and he was
jealous. So he created Bill to torment Brian and Dennis and
obscure their creation (for God could not destroy Unix, for he
secretly admired its perfection).
So Bill created Microsoft. And Microsoft created Windows. And
God saw that it was bad, but it had market share, so he was
happy. Then Bill got cocky, and his ego got bigger than God’s. So
to knock Bill down a couple of pegs, God put into effect, a
First God created Tim. And Tim created the World Wide Web
(using Unix, of course). This was good, but not THAT good. So God
created Marc. Marc created Mosaic (using Unix, of course).
Mosaic created a huge feeding frenzy that has got a lot of people
who are reading this their jobs.
But that’s a different story. Mosaic was good, and God saw it
was good, so he allowed Marc to start Netscape. Back to this
But all this time Brian and Dennis started to make something
better than Unix called Plan 9 (because God was successful in
foiling Brian and Dennis’ previous seven plans [there was no
Plan 8 because Brian and Dennis pulled the wool over God’s eyes
and just jumped to Plan 9, which was too bright a move for even
to figure out.]
Eventually, God figured out how to create Larry.
No one knows how or why he created Larry, except perhaps to
reduce productivity at the Jet Propulsion Labs at NASA. [Rumors
are that God created Larry because he secretly liked what Dennis
and Brian had done with C, but didn’t think C and Unix was
enough — this probably isn’t true because God believed he had
destroyed Brian and Dennis’ plans by destroying Plans 1-7, and
by creating Microsoft to slay their beloved Unix.
Anyhow, Larry created Perl (using Unix and C, of course), and
God saw it was good, so he made Randal. Larry and Randal wrote
books about Perl. And everyone saw that this was good, except
snobs who were too much into C, Windows, and Intel. (It so
that Randal was so cool he figured out a way to break into Unix
at Intel, and Intel sued him for it but that’s another story
— chances are Randal would not have been able to break into
*Plan 9* at Intel, but Intel isn’t cool enough to be running
Anyhow, back to Randal. So Randal and Larry wrote books, but
they had to be nice because of the people they worked for. So
then came Tom. But back to Tom later.
Anyhow, God saw Netscape (made using Unix and C, of course),
and he saw it was good, and that annoyed Bill quite a bit. And
that made Him very happy, and made Marc very rich. But Bill was
very very rich. But that’s a *completely* different story.
But as good as Larry’s creation, Perl, was, it couldn’t do
everything, so God created Scott. Scott announced Java, and this
was big news. Now Java really pissed Bill off, because Bill
also created Blackbird, and Java killed Blackbird. This was bad
because killing Blackbird also meant killing the Microsoft
Network. And many rejoiced over that, but that, too is another
Now Java, obviously had done much to annoy Bill. For Java was
so good that Bill had to license Java. All this time, Scott
poked lots of fun at Bill because Sun, which was where Scott
worked, made a better OS, derived — of course — from Unix,
which was better than Bill’s and Microsoft’s Windows.
Anyhow, even God’s creations Steve and Steve who created Apple
couldn’t make Bill license the much superior MacOS. But
finally, Bill had to license Java. So justice was served, and
Bill’s ego was served him on a platter for him to eat his
words. Or something. That part is unclear.
So by this time Windows and Microsoft and Bill in general
really sucked. Especially considering the advantages that Brian
and Dennis’ C and Unix, running Marc’s Netscape and Mosaic over
Tim’s World Wide Web, doing cool CGI stuff with Larry’s Perl,
which you learned from Randal and Tom, and got to program with
And God realized he had put Bill down too far. So then God made
it so that Marc’s Netscape and Mosaic could run on Windows. We
already know that Bill had to license Java from Scott. We know
that Bill missed the boat for not beating Tim to the punch on
the World Wide Web. The last straw was for God to make it
possible for Larry’s Perl to run on Bill’s Windows.
So back to Tom. Tom was a Perl God. And God didn’t like this,
but Tom’s a God so there isn’t much God could do, so He couldn’t
stop Tom from saying things like “install an operating system on
your poor lonely computer the way God and Dennis intended”, and
“Espousing the eponymous /cgi-bin/perl.exe?FMH.pl execution
model is like reading a suicide note — three days too late.”
The moral to the story? God is fickle. That’s why Microsoft and
Bill and Windows exists. Do what God intended, install C, Unix,
Mosaic/Netscape, Java, and Perl on your system, and make
Brian, Dennis, Larry, Tim, Tom, Randal, Scott, and even Steve
and Steve, I’m sure, happy by doing so.
Oh yeah, Linus was cool too. He’s the guy you thank for being
able to run all the cool stuff on your crappy little Pee Cee.
(anything with > x86 on it, by default, is crappy, no PERSONAL