why it’s good to regularly audit your boilerplate

I was going to cook up a nice long stemwinder about my misadventures on American Airlines this weekend, and about how I really should have learned by now that any money “saved” by not flying JetBlue, Virgin or Southwest is a false economy, but nevermind all that; the intertubes are clogged with angry airplane consumer stories, and will only get moreso as the dread holiday season comes upon us.

Instead, I’m going to reprint a single sentence from AA’s online check-in confirmation email.  Pay close attention:

“There are Adobe Reader versions for MS Windows, MS Windows NT, OS/2, Macintosh, and Unix platforms.”

American Airlines: boldly supporting 1997’s state of the art… in 2009.

(For the curious or confused: The products known as “Windows 2000”, “Windows XP”, “Windows Vista” and “Windows 7” are all lineal descendants of Windows NT, which was Microsoft’s next-generation OS product from 1993.  There hasn’t been a version of Windows that was not based on NT since the death of “Windows ME” in 2001.  “OS/2” was a competitor to Windows NT that was marketed by IBM in the mid-90s: you haven’t heard of it because it was bought by, statistically speaking, nobody.)

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Our bank back in Germany used to have OS/2 on their computers around the year 2000.

Oh come on now. Jonathan de Boyne Pollard is still writing and maintaining OS/2 software.

It’s not dead, it always smelled like that.