How the world was saved..
Every time there has been a moment when something heroic has been done, the history has been edited by the people who have money, power and UI!
Whilst in Independence Day, when Steven (Will Smith) and David (Jeff Goldblum) enter the mother ship, all the weaponry they have is a MAC (and not a laptop). As soon as David switches on the MAC, and opens the terminal, he wants to maximize it. He hits the maximize button but the window refuses to cover the whole screen, just because it is not needed by the program! As he had always been using a smaller monitor on which the terminal used to occupy the whole screen, he is unable to concentrate and write his “death code” to nuke the mother ship. Time was a legacy to David when he was on earth, but not any more!
Suddenly, the MAC beeps, says low battery and goes to sleep mode. They try to turn it on again by connecting it to the ship’s power line and that is when they realize that they do not have the proper power connectors.
Earlier, on earth:
President of US (P): What is the weight capacity of this alien ship?
The General (G) says, two human and two cigars, Sir, plus or minus 1 or 2 kilos; while he eats the other half of his apple.
P: But then, how do we nuke the mother ship?
G: We might have to look for the lightest laptop, Sir!
P: What options do we have?
G: At this moment, when it is a matter of life and death, I guess only MacBook Air can help us, Sir!
P: Ok, you got it! Load the plane, prepare the men.. lets get going!
While, inside the mother ship..
David: This MAC is useless. I think I can connect my Windows Phone 7 to this terminal and nuke this bastard!
Steven: Are you sure about it?
David: Yes I am!
David connects his phone to the “communication terminal” and open the telnet program. They have very less time, but he finishes typing his “death code” very fast. He is used to the T9 keyboard of the phone and has been using it since ages! Happy that he finished the code well in time, he saves the file, compiles it for the “mother ship” architecture and is about to upload the binary. As soon as he hits the upload button, a dialog comes on top: “This is the evaluation version of telnet. The upload feature is available in full version. Please enter your activation keys to upload or buy now”
Phew! We are doomed now! say Steven. Damn Windows, damn Bill Gates.. all he worries about is activation keys and money..
What could they have done now!
Steven: The aliens will kill us now!
David: Hey Stevei, why not we burn our cigars, blow its smoke on each others face and die of suffocation.
Steven: I always knew that “apple” or “windows” would have never taken us anywhere.. look where we are now. We are at the end of the world and I can do nothing to save the world. I had promised little smith that I will take him for a vacation to Helsinki, where he could meet Linus! At this time of Doom, we should have trusted linux… linux would have shown us the right door out of this situation… at least, we would not end up in front of a window or a half eaten fruit!
David: Do you have any plans?
Steven: Plans? NO! Wait a minute…
And suddenly, as if Steven has had a vision, he slips his hand in his pocket and takes out a black, brick like thing.
Steven: Can you connect this guy to the mother ship?
David: Will this work? Does it have “ssh” / “telnet”? Will it ask for any activation key? Is it fully charged? How do I write code on this guy?
Steven: Just try!
They saw the next morning with their families.
And that is how Nokia N900 saved the world!
Linux is the future. Not Windows!