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Operating Systems as religions.


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Insufficient consideration has be given to the underground religious war that is transforming the modern world: the division between

I am firmly of the opinion

Indeed, the MACINTOSH is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the methodical path of the Jesuits.

DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic.

You may object that, with the passage to Windows, the DOS universe has come to resemble more closely the counterreformist intolerance of the MACINTOSH. It's true: Windows represents an Anglican-style schism - big ceremonies in the cathedral but with the possibility of returning to DOS to fiddle with things. With Windows, you can still decide to allow women and gays to be priests if you want to.

And what about the machine language that lies beneath both operating systems? Ah, that is the stuff of the Old Testament, Talmudic and cabalistic.

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(Note - Since this was written, Win95 has bridged some of the gaps, sort of like an Episcapalian Baptist.)


End of Schism


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