[ Note: Tom's being sarcastic. ]
When web browsers were new you had to enter the whole URL... "http://www.everythingsysadmin.com"... you couldn't leave off the "http://". Geeks gave a large outcry when web browsers started adding the "http://" for you. Then, heaven forbid, people could leave off the "www." or even the ".com". Oh dear! The outcry even rose louder when you could type in a single word and the browser would try to add a ".com" at the end if it knew the domain existed.
I could never understand why my geek peers were so outraged at these user-interface innovations. I thought they were great. My geeky co-workers would respond, "But it's not a URL without the ache tee tee pee colon slash slash!" "So what?" I would reply, "it's a USER interface, not a PROGRAMMING interface!"
No, they would stay outraged. I have some friends that still type the ache tee tee pee colon slash slash even when they know darn well that it isn't required. I see them do it all the time when I look over their shoulders. Heck, when I solicited feedback for a reorganization of the internet web site structure at my current company the reply from the geeks wasn't "make the site better looking" or "increase the customer satisfaction". Oh, no, those things weren't mentioned. The primary concern was that the main company web site work with and without the "www.". <sarcasm>Oh yeah! That'll really increase revenue next year.</sarcasm> (Not to put too fine a point on it, but after someone brought up the importance of the site working with no "www.", it was followed by two emails seconding that proposal. None of the feedback I received was about the obvious typo that was in the proposal.)
So now Firefox is released and blogs are talking about how smart the URL input box is.
"If you're running Firefox, and you pretty much know what you want to find in google, just type the string in the URL field and hit enter. Firefox queries Google, and automatically redirects you to the first link Google returns. Want to see the IMDB entry for someone? Type 'imdb noah wyle', and voila, you're there."
What is this? Typing "imdb spaceballs" for a URL brings you to the IMDB page about Mel Brook's Spaceballs? Typing "ebay novelty yarn" and get a page of... NOVELTY YARN?
Where's the outrage?
Where's the protests?
Where's the petitions?
Where's the award I get for being right?