Something odd is happening, and I am not sure that I understand it. There is something called the
Sucks-Rules-O-Meter. This thing uses Alta-Vista (http://www.veryComputer.com/) to
count the number of occurrances of XXXX rocks or XXXX sucks on the world wide web. The operating
systems suck-rocks-o-meter is at http://www.veryComputer.com/;For this past month, as of Sat Sep 4
08:03:41 1999 GMT, there were 903 occurances of Linux rules or Linux rocks; 206 occurances of Linux
sucks; 504 occurances of Windows suck and 154 occurances of Windows rules or Windows rocks (no doubt
some of which are actually the string X windows rules or X windows rocks, but I digress). So far,
Religious Wars: Why Are DARPA Researchers Afraid of Windows NT?"
(http://www.veryComputer.com/) and he quotes the operating systems
suck-rocks-o-meter. However, he reports that as of Monday Jul 20 1998 15:02:23 GMT, there were 952
occurances of Linux rules or Linux rocks; 205 occurances of Linux sucks; 1298 occurances of Windows
suck and 185 occurances of Windows rules or Windows rocks.
At first, I was calculating rules/sucks ratios:
Linux July 1998 952/205=4.6 Linux Sept 1999: 903/206=4.3
Windows July 1998 185/1298=.14 Windows Sept 1999: 154/504=.31
I was perturbed because the ratios are declining for Linux and rising for Windows.
But then I looked further and I discovered something else. The total numbers are declining!
Linux July 1998 952+205=1157 Linux Sept 1999: 903+206=1109
Windows July 1998 185+1298=1483 Windows Sept 1999: 154+504=658
However, I know that the total number of linux sites in operation have increased over time, because
the operating system counter and the Linux counter tell me so. I suspect that Microsoft continues
to sell copies of Windows, because they are taking out full page ads trying to get me to buy more
copies of Windows (Wanna get all the bugs fixed in Windows/95???? Just buy Windows/98!!!! Yeah,
There are a couple of possibilities that occur to me:
1) We're becoming more polite and not using the term "sucks" (with all its perjorative and *
connotations) as much anymore.
2) Alta Vista is not doing a good job counting anymore
3) Somebody is censoring the truth.
Now, forgive me a touch of paranoia, but I read articles like
possibility that Windows/NT does a scan for the string "windows sucks" in an I/O stream and replaces
it with something else? If it did, how would we ever know? For years, we've been joking that
Windows is a virus... what if it turned out it wasn't a joke?
Jeff Silverman, PC guy, Linux wannabe, Java wannabe, Software engineer, husband, father etc.
See my website: http://www.veryComputer.com/~jeffs