Happy 5th Birthday, Firefox!

John Biggs
Monday, November 9, 2009; 4:40 AM

Come back with me to the turn of the century, about 1996. Your humble narrator was working for campus police at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, creating FileMaker databases for their police reports. It wasn't uncommon then to see DOS machines sitting beside Windows 95 machines and the web was a primitive and strange thing. There were only two browsers of note, Netscape and Internet Explorer, and firing either up was neither comfortable or interesting. But, hidden deep behind Netscape's bland carapace, was Mozilla. When you typed "about:mozilla" in the Netscape address bar, for example, you got:

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