New Testament, Internet 1-21
In the beginning, the Giver Of Data generated silicon and carbon. And the
system was without architecture and uninitialized. And randomness was upon the
arrangement of the matrix. And the intelligence of Giver Of Data etched upon
the surface of the media. And Giver Of Data said, “Let there be electricity.”
And there was electricity. And Giver Of Data saw the electricity; that it was
logical. And Giver Of Data divided the 1’s from the 0’s. And Giver Of Data
called the 1’s on and the 0’s off. And the switching of these two was the
first cycle. And Giver Of Data said, “Let there be a hierarchy in the midst
of the system and let it divide the hardware from the software.

And Giver Of
Data called the hierarchy an information system and Digital and Analog were
it’s two states. And Giver Of Data said, “Let the hardware underlying the
system be Kludged together onto one unit. And let the Integrated Circuits
appear. And Giver Of Data said, “Let there be CRTs in the design of the
system to display the input and the output, and let them be for text and for
graphics, for feedback and for fetching. And let them be for lights in the
monitor of the system to display faster upon the screen.” It was so.


And Giver Of Data made two great lights. The greater screen to rule Display
and the cursor, to direct the sight. He made the pixel also. And Giver Of
Data set them on top of the system to display the information and to indicate
on, and off, and to display the input, and the output. And Giver Of Data saw
that is was logical in evening and the morning were the fourth generation
system. And Giver Of Data said, “Let the programmers bring forth abundantly
the subroutines that have utilities, and languages that will run within the
open processor of the system, the open architecture of the system, and the
Giver Of Data created Disk Operating Systems. And every algorithm that solved
it, which the hackers brought forth abundantly after their kind.

And every
instruction, after his kind. And Giver Of Data saw that it was logical. And
Giver Of Data addressed them saying, “Be useful and multiply. Fill the
memory of the disk and let the code in the processor execute. And the machine
language and assembly language were the fifth day.
And the Giver Of Data said, “Let the processor bring forth application programs
after his kind. BASIC and Pascal and documentation after his kind. And it was
so-so.


And Giver Of Data made the marketplace of the industry after his kind; And the
customers after their kind, and every salesman that creepeth upon the showroom
floor after his kind. And Giver Of Data saw that it was illogical. And Giver
Of Data said, “Let us make the consumer in our image. After our likeness, and
let them have site licenses for the local area networks.

And control over the
spreadsheets and databases and over the salesman and over all the market with
their dollars. And over every creeping thing that worketh in advertising or
public relations.” So Giver Of Data created the consumer in his own image, and
the image of Data created he them. Negative and Positive created he them. And
the Giver of Data addressed them and communicated onto them, “Be exponential
and multiply and refresh the screen and cross-check it and have data control
over the devices of the system. And over the double-talk of the documentation.
And over every compatible peripheral that worketh with the system. And the
Giver Of Data said, “Backup every program I have given you that is within the
memory of the system. And every volume in which is the file yielding the
block yielding records and fields composed of words, the seat of which is the
bit, to you shall be for decision-making.”


Now friends, perhaps some of you know someone with a terminal illness. Some
computer-weary pilgrim with bloodshot eyes in jaded distress. Some poor hacker
whose fallen under the influence of the evil one, Glitch. And his wicked
helper, Missing Stuff in Files.


So I just want to ask you, “Has your data been saved? Are you a born-again
programmer?” Because, you know friends, if your beloved data has been blown
all to Hell there isn’t a thing in the world anyone can do to bring it back.
But we can solace you! We can solace you in your hour of need. And that is
why the Giver Of Data, G.O.D., has given onto me, in his infinite logic, The
Keyboard Prayer for the Data Distressed. So let us make the sign of the


monitor, bow our heads before the screen, and pray together:
“The Keyboard Prayer” responses, please.
Our keyboard who art in memory.
Hello be thy name.
Thy operating system come,
Thy commands be done,
At the printer as it is on the screen.
Give us this day our daily data,
And forgive us our I/O errors,
As we forgive those whose logic circuits are faulty.
Lead us not into frustration.
Deliver us from power surges.
For thine is the algorithm,
The application,
And the solution,
Looping forever and ever,
Return.
HAL-lelujah!