1-May-2002 (Wed)

Hey kids! Today I'm going to take this opportunity to ridicule my former employers, now that they are customers!

On June 12, we're hosting the release party for Mozilla 1.0. For those of you who haven't been following along at home, my first ever experience in nightclub promotion was throwing the first Mozilla party back in 1998. A year later, when the company proved to me that its head was so far up its collective ass that it wasn't going to be able to ship anything usable before I went insane, I threw a second party and quit in April 1999.

Well, it's now a bit over three years since I quit, and they're finally about to release 1.0! I'm actually very happy for them, because I think it will end up being a good product. But I'm sure glad I didn't have to help them roll that boulder up the hill for those last three years. In that time, I took about a year off, and then Barry and I created a whole new business from scratch in a completely different industry, and that was far more interesting than continuing to work on the same old thing I'd been doing since 1994. (Or 1985, depending on how you count.)

So anyway, I'm organizing this party for them. It's roughly the fourth anniversary of the release of the source code. We had cleverly called the first party "Mozilla dot party, one dot oh." We had a party the next year that we called "two dot oh", where we celebrated, uh, the fact that we hadn't shipped anything yet (that was not coincidentally the day I quit.) However, it gave me the opportunity to book one of my favorite bands, Emergency Broadcast Network. (Speaking of which, hey Greg, are you out there? I've lost track of what your email address is these days.)

They had another party the next year, cleverly called "three dot oh," and then they gave up, so the "four dot oh" party never happened.

Coincidentally, that was about the same time that Netscape (oh, did I say Netscape? I meant the Netscape brand identity as worn by the AOL-Time-Warner leviathan) decided that the fact that it had been four years since Netscape Confusicator 4.x had been released was starting to get really embarrassing, so they packaged up a very early alpha of Mozilla and released it under the Netscape name. They also decided, apparently, that calling it 5.0 would have been embarrassing, so they called it 6.0 instead, to leap-frog over Microsoft's latest version number. Were you fooled? I wasn't fooled.

Anyway, this succession of events clearly, to me, makes this party "five dot oh." So that's what I wrote in the party announcement and FAQ I wrote for them last week, part of which went like this:

Party? What party?

Read the flyer.

Wow, so you finally shipped the damned thing? Awesome!

Yeah, we're pretty excited.

Hey, why's it called "Party Five Dot Oh"? I remember parties
One, Two, and Three, but what happened to Party Four?

Party Four Dot Oh celebrated the release of Netscape Communicator 5.0.

But there wasn't a...

These are not the version numbers you are looking for. Move along.
Move along.

Now I thought that was pretty damned funny, but hey, what did I expect: they still have no sense of humor and took that out. They decided to call the party "1.0" again, so now the succession of party names goes 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, none, 1.0. Huh?

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