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From: Rob Mayoff
To: Chat List
Subject: Re: Twas the night before IE4
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"From here, young Skywalker, you will witness the final destruction of
the Alliance - and the end of your insignificant rebellion."

On 30 Sep 1997, Phil Glockner wrote:

| 'Twas the night before IE4, when all through the house 
| Not a peripheral was stirring, not even a mouse;
| The shortcuts were placed on the desktop with care, 
| In hopes that IE4 soon would be there;
| The Webmasters were nestled all snug in their beds, 
| While visions of Dynamic HTML danced in their heads; 
| And many were asking if they had the final,
| While Microsoft kept insisting to wait for a while,
| When out on the newsgroups there arose such a clatter, 
| I sprang from the web to see what was the matter.
| Away to Outlook Express I flew like a flash, 
| In hopes I did not miss the final dash.
| Build 4.71.1712.6 my About Box did show
| But was this the final, I just had to know, 
| When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, 
| A link to Microsoft, the path seemed clear,
| With one little mouse click, I became so sure 
| I knew in a moment it must be IE4.
| "Finally", I said, "Navigator is finished."
| and I watched the next day as Netscape marketshare diminished.
| And all the OEMs and all the ISPs
| Made sure that IE4 took the thrown on PCs.
| And a month later, Win3.1 and even the Mac 
| Fell to the IE Majesty that Netscape lacked.
| And in May Win98 came to be, and finally we knew 
| Microsoft had made Netscape very very blue.
| Now when I load up this greatest of browsers,
| I sit back and wonder, "How does Netscape feel resting under the flowers?"
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