I have been moved this morning to reflect on the similarities between the current administration (regime) in the district and that most exalted and hallowed of computer companies, MegaHard. (I know a lot of you expected me to say “Fruit” instead of “MegaHard” but be still. You will get your turn shortly.)
In brief, we have an organization in the district, a segment of the country purposely prevented from self-government to keep from inciting the residents to war with the administration because the residents would be prevented from doing so by crookery and deceit. This organization, aka the regime, is kept in this bit of feverish bogland for the sole purpose of minimizing its pollution of the rest of the country. Chief among this pollution is arguments over which faction is the most dishonest, disreputable, and immoral. To say nothing of aethical.
Of particular danger are the ministrations of this regime to do grave harm to the country and its citizens while preaching, with all the piety and unctuousness possible, of the benefits of their evil.
Happily most of these ministrations are so blatantly obvious that they can be counteracted by blatant unacceptance.
But I noted this morning identical behavior on the part of MegaHard. Seems they are developing a version of their Chromium based web browser to work on LINUX. (Brief interlude while I go to change my shirt soiled by violent laughter and thumping about on the floor with laughter.)
One of the delights of my younger days was when I was able to replace the noxious and nauseating Internet Explorer browser with FireFox. This was an event of magnitude corresponding to the musical score of Star Wars or the moral triumph of The Princess Bride. (The illusion to exploding orbital fortress or father-killer is exact and accurate.) In a short span of time, MegaHard’s flagship browser went from Lanchestrian monopoly of the internet to corn cob in the garden outhouse.
And what is amazing is that MegaHard has forgotten that lesson. They now propose a chrome/chromium based browser (Edge by name, I believe, which seems to indicate peripherality rather than sharpness) for LINUX use. This offers us a double example of perpetuated stupidity: first of all, MegaHard has tried very hard to eradicate Linux – just as they tried to eradicate FireFox and its parent company – and forced to give up their monopolistic presence in the server universe as a result, and secondly, the duplication of their browser delusion.
The delusion abounds because not only is Chrome, the official Gooey browser available for Linux, but also a free version and a Gooey excised version, to mention only a few. At last count, I think there are an additional half-dozen chrome/chromium derivative browsers available for Linux. And I didn’t exert myself in the counting.
This seems to be what MegaHard has been reduced to: a tertiary also-ran. Yes, they still command the most users, but those users are almost universally either corporate serfs or worse, mind slaves of corporate practice, unwilling or unable, if not both, to strike off their mental coffle.
Back when FireFox was introduced and we adopted it, we discovered – joyfully – that freedom was better than slavery. And many of us have not looked back. But we still despair for our benighted brethren who are still enslaved. And we have scant wish to return.
So what mischief lurks in MegaHard’s dark chest where a heart should be?
And, for the Fruit users, I noted a new widget to jailbreak all existing iPhuns and iPuds.
FOSS FIRST! Forward the F!