We so often talk about the “religious-ness” of Tech, especially when it comes to topics like Emacs vs. VI. When it comes to Microsoft tech, it is seen as part devil, or part saint, depending on what side of the fence you are.
I fell upon a book draft by a former microsoft developer, Kraig Brockschmidy (author of Inside OLE). The title was Mystic Microsoft. It seemed like it would be a “Microsoft is the best! RA RA RA” book, but then as I read the Prologue I realised that it really WAS religious. As in real religion!
“I was employed by Microsoft in various capacities for about eight and a half years, from March, 1988 to November, 1996. Somewhere between these two points in time, my life underwent a somewhat drastic spiritual transformation. At the beginning of 1988 I was a young college sophomore whose burgeoning dreams were wholly centered on worldly success. At the end of 1996, on the other hand, I was a (still young) Microsoft retiree whose ambitions and aspirations were now wholly centered on God.”
How bizarre is this! I wonder if the “Cult of Microsoft” will soon be a real thing?