Post by Marti » Mon, 16 Aug 1993 03:40:30

:)  I hope that this has not already made the rounds on *os2.misc
i found it drifting around.

I'm not sure where this is from.  I got it in the mail, unattributed.

Long ago, in the days when all disks flopped in the breeze and
the writing of words was on a star, the Blue Giant dug for the
people the Pea Sea.  But he needed a creature who could sail the
waters, and would need for support but few rams.

So the Gateskeeper, who was said to be both micro and soft,
fashioned a Dosfish, who was small and spry, and could swim the
narrow six*-bit channel.  But the Dosfish was not bright, and
could be taught few new tricks.  His alphabet had no A's, B's, or
Q's, but a mere 640 K's, and the size of his file cabinet was
limited by his own fat.

At first the people loved the Dosfish, for he was the only one
who could swim the Pea Sea.  But the people soon grew tired of
commanding his line, and complained that he could be neither
dragged nor dropped.  "Forsooth," they cried. "the Dosfish can
only do one job at a time, and of names, he knows only eight and
three."  And many of them left the Pea Sea for good, and went off
in search of the Magic Apple.

Although many went, far more stayed, because admittance to the
Pea Sea was cheap.  So the Gateskeeper studied the Magic Apple,
and rested awhile in the Parc of Xer-Ox, and he made a Window that
could ride on the Dosfish and do its thinking for it.  But the
Window was slow, and it would break when the Dosfish got
confused.  So most people contented themselves with the Dosfish.

Now it came to pass that the Blue Giant came upon the
Gateskeeper, and spoke thus: "Come, let us make of ourselves
something greater than the Dosfish."  The Blue Giant seemed like
a humbug, so they called the new creature OZ II.

Now Oz II was smarter than the Dosfish, as most things are.  It
could drag and drop, and could keep files without becoming fat.
But the people cared for it not.  So the Blue Giant and the
Gateskeeper promised another OZ II, to be called Oz II Too, that
could swim the fast new 32-bit wide Pea Sea.

Then lo, a strange miracle occurred.  Although the Window that
rode on the Dosfish was slow, it was pretty, and the third Window
was the prettiest of all.  And the people began to like the third
Window, and to use it.  So the Gateskeeper turned to the Blue
Giant and said, "Fie on thee, for I need thee not.  Keep thy OZ
II Too, and I shall make of my Window an Entity that will not
need the Dosfish, and will swim in the 32-bit Pea Sea."

Years passed, and the workshops of the Gateskeeper and the Blue
Giant were overrun by insects. And the people went on using their
Dosfish with a Window; even though the Dosfish would from time to
time become confused and die, it could always be revived with
three fingers.

Then there came a day when the Blue Giant let forth his OZ II Too
onto the world.  The Oz II Too was indeed mighty, and awesome,
and required a great ram, and the world was changed not a whit.
For the people said, "It is indeed great, but we see little
application for it."  And they were doubtful, because the Blue
Giant had met with the Magic Apple, and together they were
fashioning a Taligent, and the Taligent was made of objects, and
was most pink.

Now the Gateskeeper had grown ambitious, and as he had been
ambitious before he grew, he was now more ambitious still.  So he
protected his Window Entity with great security, and made its net
work both in serving and with peers.  And the Entity would swim,
not only in the Pea Sea, but in the Oceans of Great Risk.  "Yea,"
the Gateskeeper declared, "though my entity will require a
greater ram than Oz II Too, it will be more powerful than a world
of Eunuchs."

And so the Gateskeeper prepared to unleash his Entity to the
world, in all but two cities.  For he promised that a greater
Window, a greater Entity, and even a greater Dosfish would appear
one day in Chicago and Cairo, and it too would be built of

Now the Eunuchs who lived in the Oceans of Great Risk, and who
scorned the Pea Sea, began to look upon their world with fear.
For the Pea Sea had grown, and great ships were sailing in it, the
Entity was about to invade their oceans, and it was rumored that
files would be named in letters greater than eight.  And the
Eunuchs looked upon the Pea Sea, and many of them thought to

Within the Oceans of Great Risk were many Sun Worshippers, and
they wanted to excel, and make their words perfect, and do their
jobs as easy as one-two-three.  And what's more, many of them no
longer wanted to pay for the Risk.  So the Sun Lord went to the
Pea Sea, and got himself eighty-sixed.

And taking the next step was He of the NextStep, who had given up
building his boxes of black.  And he proclaimed loudly that he
could help anyone make wondrous soft wares, then admitted meekly
that only those who know him could use those wares, and he was
made of objects, and required the biggest ram of all.

And the people looked out upon the Pea Sea, and they were sore
amazed.  And sore confused.  And sore sore.  And that is why, to
this day, Ozes, Entities, and Eunuchs battle on the shores of the
Pea Sea, but the people still travel on the simple Dosfish.


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