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March 9th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Linux vs Microsoft - What's it really all about?

The appeal of the John Henry legend, man versus machine, man
against the establishment, is immortalized in the idea of a man
who beat a machine with brute strength saying, "Jesus, I'm as tall
as you with a hammer in my hand". His goal is "to beat that engine
down by the skin of his bones." But a strange thing happened on
the way - John Henry discovered love and mortality, and so the
triumph and tragedy of John Henry transcends automation.

The John Henry we sing about is no mere steel driver pitted against
the steam driver. Like modern man he stands in awe, in self-doubt,
before the machines that unman him. But this man met the
challenge- "I'll whup that drill, until the sun stand still or die with a
hammer in my hand, Great God."

He is our representative, our folk hero, against this giant enemy.

John Henry beat the machine but he couldn't stop it - so what did he
really do? Well, he gave us what he had. He won even though he
lost. He confirms that man's hope is still alive - that the old values
really count, that you really can change things. We shall overcome,
we shall be victorious, one of these days it's really gonna happen.

I truly salute each and every one of you who have fought such a battle
in your own life.

March 10th, 2008, 12:29 AM
i see a move in your future