Roger L. Simon

Dept. of Prodigies

Blake Ross, one of the developers of Firefox, the new web browser taking the Internet by storm, is only 19! He started as a web designer at 10. Good on him. I use speedy Firefox to post on this blog, not to mention read lots of others (yes, and legacy media sites too)– and in the three months or so since downloading it, I haven’t had (touch plastic!) one virus.

Still, young genius has its downside. As Ross, now a sophomore at Stanford, tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

“All my computer science professors are expecting straight A’s, even in classes that have nothing to do with the Internet.”

My advice to Blake: quit school. Hey, it worked for Bill Gates. He had a long run with Internet Explorer until Firefox came along.