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Editorial Hands up if you use Firefox. Have used it? Know about it? Heard of it? 'Sites up and down the World Wide Web today will be celebrating five years of Firefox. When I sat down to write this I worried about having to list the history of its features and landmark events and the news of the past five years. Other sites will be comprehensively doing that, there is nothing I can add to that list that Google can't surmise. Instead I will be telling you what Google does not know, my story of Firefox and what Firefox has meant to all of us.
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RE: A little late to the party
by Kroc on Mon 9th Nov 2009 15:08 UTC in reply to "A little late to the party"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Exactly. I wrote about 2004 how I saw it then -- as a Microsoft user, ignorant of everything else, including alternative browsers and alternative operating systems. Places Microsoft painted as 'weird' and wrong. That, I'm afraid, is the world many people live in and the world that students are indoctrinated into.

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talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

And also indoctrinated into the contratry, which is imo just as bad.

Edited 2009-11-09 15:11 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I guess you had a different University experience than I did from 97-01. We used AIX,Linux,IRIX, OS2 warp, VMS, and yes, Windows. By 04, I was quad booting windows, linux, freebsd and BeOS 5. Its just strange to hear 2004 referred to as if it was 1996.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I guess you had a different University experience than I did from 97-01. We used AIX,Linux,IRIX, OS2 warp, VMS, and yes, Windows. By 04, I was quad booting windows, linux, freebsd and BeOS 5. Its just strange to hear 2004 referred to as if it was 1996.

I am a computer science student right now, even though I'm 51 years old! I am a senior at McKendree University in Illinois. The program is 100% Windows. Even the Operating Systems class was basically a Windows class (the one place you might think they would vary). For our assignments in the OS class we wrote a couple small Win32 apps. Some classes absolutely require Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer on Windows (it wouldn't work under Wine).

I use many OS's. Right now my laptop runs OpenBSD, and I run Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my 2 desktops. It seems a shame to see the state of many C.S. programs today. I was able to use GCC in my C++ classes, but I had to check them with Visual C++ before I could turn them in, because that is what the teachers use.

The dumbing down of America. It's really going to bite us in the booter some day (and already is).

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morglum666 Member since:
2005-07-06

Hi Kroc,

"I wrote about 2004 how I saw it then -- as a Microsoft user, ignorant of everything else, including alternative browsers and alternative operating systems. Places Microsoft painted as 'weird' and wrong.".

I think you might be projecting a little bit. Maybe you were just wierd and wrong in 2004?

I'm just teasing you ;)

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