Saturday, October 15, 2005

What Religion Is Your OS?

"I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counterreformist and has been influenced by the methodical path of the Jesuits.... It is catechistic: the essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation. DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that all can reach salvation"--Umberto Ecco 1994.

Ecco's words are still true even though most of us don't spend much time with DOS these days and the hallmark of the Macintosh, the GUI (graphical user interface), is now featured in both PCs and Macintoshes. Some day, perhaps, the Protestants will likewise adopt the Catholic version of the GUI (i.e., icons, smells, and bells).