One OS to bring them all... (fwd)

Eugene Leitl
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 12:17:16 +0100 (MET)

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Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 16:02:21 -0500
From: david mankins <>
Subject: One OS to bring them all...


>Reply-To: "John Sears" <>
>From: "John Sears" <>
>To: <>
>I just received the below in my email.  The author is not attributed.
>Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, paid me a visit. As we were
>talking I mentioned that I had recently installed Windows XP on my PC. I
>told him how happy I was with this operating system and showed him the
>Windows XP CD. To my surprise he threw it into my microwave oven and
>turned it on.
>Instantly I got very upset, because the CD had become precious to me, but
>he said: 'Do not worry, it is unharmed.'
>After a few minutes he took the CD out, gave it to me and said: 'Take a
>close look at it.'
>To my surprise the CD was quite cold to hold and it seemed to be heavier
>than before. At first I could not see anything, but on the inner edge of
>the central hole I saw an inscription, an inscription finer than anything

>I had ever seen before. The inscription shone piercingly bright, and yet
>remote, as if out of a great depth:
>'I cannot understand the fiery letters,' I said in a timid voice.
>'No but I can,' he said. 'The letters are Hex, of an ancient mode, but the
>language is that of Microsoft, which I shall not utter here. But in common
>English this is what it says:
>One OS to rule them all,
>One OS to find them,
>One OS to bring them all
>and in the darkness bind them.
>It is only two lines from a verse long known in System lore:
>"Three OS's from corporate kings in their towers of glass,
>Seven from valley lords where orchards used to grow,
>Nine from dotcoms doomed to die,
>One from the Dark Lord Gates on his dark throne
>In the Land of Redmond where the Shadows lie.
>One OS to rule them all, one OS to find them,
>One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
>In the Land of Redmond where the Shadows lie."
>John Sears
>Rochester Hills,

- david mankins (,