Microsoft Conference

I haven’t been able to blog because of Microsoft!!??  How wierd is that?  Blaming not being able to do something on your computer because of the company that created the operating system that everybody uses?  No, it wasn’t because Windows screwed up yet again, but because I actually went to one of their “Launch events”.

The products that they were launching weren’t ones you would know about unless you are somehow garbled in the tech. community around Windows and/or the software development community.  The products were “SQL Server 2005” and “DevStudio 2005″…you wanted to know.

These types of events are pure propaganda for Microsoft and their products.  The benefit of it, aside from finding out, from my perspective, what might be coming down the pipeline, that our customers may be getting themselves into, at some point.  What always gets to me is the fanfare around it all.  They make up these videos about the event itself, and they are dorky as hell.  The title of the event was something like “Ready to Launch, The Event”!  In their videos they show all of these dorky-developer-types spewing about how great it all is and then of course they are trying to be hip and put a rock and roll spin onto things, so here’s these dorky-geeks playing guitars and acting all enthusiastic and in some cases singing out their praise.  Gaaa!  Gag me with a fork dude!

Of course the real reason why any self-respecting geek would attend these is of course to get the free stuff that they always give away.  Now again, you might now know the value of the products that I mentioned, but to a company who has to purchase them you’re talking thousands of dollars, and here, they gave them to us.  Not trial versions, actual, genuine, licensed versions.  This can be a big deal.  I missed going to the Windows XP Pro launch event awhile ago, but during that event, they gave it away.  Thats an actual licensed version of XP.  Thats worth a good $200-$300 itself, if not more.  We also got a free t-shirt with all of their “Launch the Event” crap all over it.  Whatever, its all free, and that can’t be wrong, right?

A Sunday School teacher of pre-schoolers was concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth.

He wanted to make sure they understood that the birth of Jesus occurred a long time ago, that he grew up, etc. So he asked his class, “Where is Jesus today?”

Steven raised his hand and said, “He’s in heaven.” Mary was called on and answered, “He’s in my heart.”

Little Johnny, waving his hand furiously, blurts out – “I know! I know! He’s in our bathroom!!!”

The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response. The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds. He finally gathered his wits and asked Little Johnny how he knew this.

And Little Johnny said, “Well…every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells – ‘Jesus Christ, are you still in there!?’!”


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