Known Johnson

June 17, 2008

Allegiance

Filed under: Tech/geek — Tom @ 10:38 am

Mozilla wants to set a world record for the number of downloads of a piece of software with the release of Firefox 3 today. I guess that’s “neat” or something. Like most world records, it pretty much gets filed under “who cares?” – world’s largest pizza, world’s largest cake, world’s largest aluminum foil ball. I’m just intrigued about Firefox 3.

Beyond that, what I find interesting and possibly a little creepy is that they ask that you pledge to download Firefox 3 today on this page. Pledge? What is this, the Boy Scouts? Do I need to hold three fingers up and recite a little speech before clicking the button? “I do solemnly pledge to abide by Firefox and safely surf the internet using tabbed browsing and other such innovative features, and promise to ignore Internet Explorer in all its various incarnations because it is bad.”

I really like the rollover map that tells you how many people have pledged. The Soloman Islands have pledged to download 50 copies. Come on! Djibouti is kicking your ass with 55 copies! Get with it Solomons!

Update: Mozilla’s servers have crashed due to the demand. Um, how were they not expecting a huge surge of traffic to the site? Wasn’t that part of the point of the pledges? Well, if you want it and don’t feel like dealing with the wait, it’s on their FTP.

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