wyse-666

Build 666?

I was doing a bit of HTML trouble-shooting on a customer’s Wyse thin client this week, running IE 6.0 of all things. Argh!!

Anyway, as I was trying to figure out how to get the thing out of kiosk mode, I noticed the build number on the OS release was 666. Now, there’s a software shop with some guts! I can just see the company email coming out of their QA department… “Build 666 looks good, let’s ship it!”

Like the fear of the number 13 (triskaidekaphobia), it turns out there’s also a term for those suffering from the fear of the numerical equivilent of the antichrist: hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

I guess I’ve got a bit of hex-hex-hex-itis myself… during our last house move, my wife, Chick, and I were scheduled to move into the new place on 6/6/06. Holy schnikies! Who cares, right? But, why tempt fate. We ended up spending the 6th in our old house and moved on the 7th.

So my hats off to the Wyse folks for a daring build 666 release to distribution. Now can we just move beyond IE 6? Please?