Tuesday 14 December 2010

Happy Life Day! (Advent 15)

IT Life Day Celebration Cartoon
Happy Christmas!  Happy Hannukah!  Happy Winter Solstice!  Happy Holiday Season!  Have I left anyone out?  What about the 380,000 people who stated their religion as Jedi in the 2001 England/Wales census?  Surely as serious as they are in their beliefs they will want to be celebrating Life Day as first introduced in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.

To recall just how special it was cringe at this clip from Youtube

Instead of a serious discussion of what constitutes a religion and what their rights should be in a multi-cultural society lets consider the different forms of religion debate in IT department.

Here are some examples
  • I'm a Mac vs I'm a PC
  • iPhone vs Android
  • XBox360 vs PS3
  • Open Source vs Proprietary
We have a fair number of Open Source devotees in my workplace so for them i have composed a special festive Christmas song (for those unfamiliar with the terms I have included hyperlinks)

The Linuxmas Song
(to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Source code hosted on an Open Filer
FLAC Files ripping on your NAS
YouTube clips being streamed down a wire
And folks stressed out by Ubuntu
Everybody knows Apache and My-S-Q-L
Help to make the website right
Firefox with its vixen logo
Will make it hard to surf tonight

They know that Sambas on its way
He's mounted LDAP, CIFS and printing on his K
And every MCSE is going to cry
To Gnome that Linux really has a G-U-I

And So I'm offering this simple phrase 
To those who aren't propr-ietary
Although its been shared many times, many ways
A very Mono Linuxmas to you 

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