I previously mentioned that I’ve been looking for a new job lately, which has had me spending a lot of time in interviews talking about my personal history as a web app developer. It makes me nostalgic for the good old days of gopher servers and the Internet Hunt, when geeking out with a modem was something cool and subversive. And then that jwz item I just posted made me think about the Netscape/Microsoft browser battles, and that in turn made me think back even further, to when we had the Apple/Microsoft graphical computing battles (anyone remember Windows 1.0?)
And then I came across the following: MSN encourages the scenic route. The cycle just keeps repeating. It’s another Microsoft “solution” that sort of looks like what the other guys are doing, except that the first few releases are a total joke. It’s like little kids with mudpies; “See? See what we made? We’re just like those other guys at MapQuest and Google Maps.”
I guess us monkey boys who believe in actually building tools that work should laugh while we can. Tomorrow billg is going home with his overthruster, and he’s taking 90% of our market share with him.
Mud pies for everyone!