Chapter 88: Corrupted caches cause cerebral clarity

When I first loaded Google I was all ready to search for important things. Save the world. You know the drill. Instead I get this.

Google, I have a dream.

I was stunned by such a shocking logo. There was no name. There wasn’t even any color. Had Google gone Dada? Had Larry and Sergey decided that Nihilism was the answer?

My universe was collapsing. Not Google. They stood for life, not death. Color, not greyness. The link wasn’t even clickable, so I couldn’t discover what special day it was. Won’t someone think of the children!

When a browser downloads an image, it stores it in a cache. A cache is like the top of your desk. If you put something down (close the browser window) and five minutes later you need it again (load google.com), you don’t have to walk all the way to the bookshelf again (download the logo).

When I distractedly reach for things on my desk, sometimes I come up with the wrong item. Computers are normally much better at not making this mistake, but it seems that Portable Firefox is more human than it’d like to admit.

The following is the original image that Firefox somehow thought was a cached copy of Google’s logo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:March_on_Washington_edit.jpg

The image still loads when I go to Google, and in some ways it’s refreshing. Firefox innocently shocked a comfort zone I didn’t even know I had.

Google’s dad could beat up Firefox’s dad ANY day of the week.

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