\u201cAny sufficiently popular, or important, computer technology will be mercilessly mocked 20 years later.\u201d\u00a0\nI call that Lunduke\u2019s Theory of Computer Mockery. (Yes, I named it after myself. Because\u2026 why not?)\nThe more important the technology, the more ruthlessly and brutally it will be mocked. It helps if the technology was, itself, a bit flawed when new. But even when a piece of tech is well received initially, 20 years later it will be fully brutalized.\u00a0\nLet\u2019s take a look at some examples:\u00a0\nWindows 95\u00a0\nWould you use Windows 95 in 2017? Of course not. Would you make fun of it without regard for its feelings? Of course you would.\u00a0\nMaybe Windows 95 was flawed, but does it deserve the mockery it gets? Probably not. Doesn\u2019t matter, though. Twenty years on, it\u2019s fair game.\u00a0\nThe dial-up BBS\u00a0\nThe first dial-up Bulletin Board System (BBS), CBBS, which literally stands for Computer Bulletin Board System, was created in 1978 by Ward Christensen.\u00a0\nBy 1998? Yeah, you made fun of BBSes. You know you did.\u00a0\nThe internet was here in force. People were using web browsers. The text-mode BBS of Ye Olden Times had now turned into a punchline.\u00a0\nGeoCities\nWhat if there were a website that was at one point the third most-visited site in the world? What if that website went public and rose to a share price of over $100? What if that website offered web hosting to the masses (with over 38 million pages) and brought in over 177 million visitors every year?\u00a0\nWell. We make fun of it. That\u2019s what.\u00a0\nGeoCities launched in 1994. By 2014, it was an already well-established source of humor for nerds far and wide.\u00a0\nTruth be told, GeoCities was a bit ahead of schedule. It had firmly cemented itself as a source of guffaws several years earlier \u2014 closing down completely (other than in Japan) in 2009.\nThe server room suffers, too\u00a0\nNothing is safe from Lunduke\u2019s Theory of Computer Mockery. Nothing.\nNot even servers and data centers.\u00a0\nRemember Novell NetWare?\u00a0\nFirst released in 1983, NetWare was one of the first server operating systems that provided \u201cfile sharing\u201d instead of \u201cdisk sharing.\u201d Kind of a huge deal back then.\u00a0\nIt had multitasking (cooperative, but still multitasking). It worked with DOS and CP\/M clients with a rather cool application that ran in the background (\u201cTerminate and Stay Resident\u201d). NetWare was, objectively, rather cool. It even had something similar to Microsoft\u2019s Active Directory \u2014 nearly a decade before Microsoft.\u00a0\nBy 2003? Yeah. It had become the object of mockery by many nerds \u2014 leading to the company releasing a version of the services based on Linux not long after.\u00a0\nThere are no exceptions, not even Linux\u00a0\nRight about now you might be thinking, \u201cBut computer tech XYX has been around longer than 20 years, and it\u2019s still great!\u201d\u00a0\nExample: Linux. It\u2019s more than 25 years old now. Yet we aren\u2019t mocking it openly!\u00a0\nAha. Are you running Linux kernel 1.0? No? Do you make fun of screenshots of Linux desktops from 20 years ago? Yeah. You know you do.\nThere are no examples to be found, on any computer system around the world, that don\u2019t fit within this theory.\u00a0\nExcept the Amiga. That machine was tight.\nThe clock is ticking\u00a0\nTake a look around at the best and brightest technology of today.\u00a0\nServer tech. Desktops. Processors. File systems. Applications. Protocols. In 20 years, people will be making fun of all of it.\u00a0\nThe more popular and\/or important it is, the more merciless we\u2019ll be about it.\nDon\u2019t even try to fight it. There\u2019s already a named theory and everything.