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This saga suggests three well-known dramas: aD, Jesus Christ and the rise of Christianity; arsDigita, Marx and the fleecing of Russia; and ArsDigita, Steve Jobs' rebirth at Apple:
The Faith of aD
aD, which used to be typed "arsDigita" before the Harvard grads took over, owes its existence to the zeitgeist of the MIT AI Lab where Philip, after a delay for previous entrepreneurial diversions and photography, earned a PhD for his work on database backed web sites. Together with OpenForce, he created a fully free and open source solution as an alternative to the dominant closed source approaches based (Allaire's Cold Fusion and Microsoft's ASP). Philip complemented this with a recruitment strategy that included free seminars and bootcamps.
Philip's devotional offerings have been well received by the many programmers who seek to balance corporate hegemony, but the main apostle of the faith, who was arguably also the most productive p...