The Dark-Eyed Mistress of Sweet, Sweet Pain (jenni_the_odd) wrote,
The Dark-Eyed Mistress of Sweet, Sweet Pain
jenni_the_odd

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Lord of the What, now?

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:

12413AEB2ED4FA5E6F7D78E78BEDE820945092OF923A40EElO
E5AOCC98D444AA08EA324

'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."'

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I can't decide if it amuses me because I hear computer geeks argue the merits of various OS's every day, or because I just saw LotR again. Possibly both.
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