It’s not my rant, but it is funny. Neal Stephenson, the author of Cryptonomicon (among others), whipped up this impressive work called In The Beginning, There Was The Command Line. I don’t know why he did it, but it’s easier to read than you might expect for a piece on the history of operating systems. You’ll know more than you did when you started, probably.
I might eventually write an expanded entry with my own comments on the work, but I was reminded of this piece’s existence this morning and wanted to get it up.