by Timothy Haight
Tis the night before Christmas,” I thought with a frown.
I was stuck at the office. The network was down.
The routers were hung in the closet. All crashed.
Their tables had holes in their data. All trashed.
Remote distribution, it seems, just for fun,
Had erased DLLs Windows needed to run
On 84 desktops way down in accounting.
I sat stunned at my desk, my blood pressure mounting.
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter,
I saw that a server had something the matter.
There was smoke coming out of the main hard disk drive.
”No problem,” I thought. ”I’m set up with RAID 5.
But I found out the system I thought was unstoppable
Had disk drives that turned out completely unswappable!
”No problem,” I thought. ”I’ve tape backup to thank.”
And then I discovered my backups were blank.
The UPS burped, and its lights all went out.
I started to scream! I started to shout!
But nobody heard as I vented my rage.
My gurus were all on vacation those days.
And nobody’s tech support answered the phone.
I was nose deep in trouble, completely alone.
When out at reception, I heard a soft knock.
As the hands just touched midnight on my desktop clock...
”What’s your problem?” he asked.
”Never mind, friend, I know.
I checked out your network five hours ago.
I did some proactive analysis, so
I knew that this time bomb was going to blow.”
Who was this guy? Who did he think that he was?
He was dressed in red coveralls, white beard, black gloves.
His eyes had the twinkle of technical genius.
His smile cut down personal distance between us.
He spread out his tools, and went straight to his work.
”Whoever configured this network’s a jerk,”
He said with a: -)› as he quickly rebooted,
Uploaded some software, and smoothly rerouted
The LAN to a WAN that he quickly supplied
With bandwidth at least 20 gigabits wide
That went via wireless, I think, LEO,
To tech support elves waiting at the North Pole.
”Now bridging, now routing, now Ethernet hubs!”
He chanted as each piece of hardware he rubbed.
”Cheer up, my good friend! Lose that mindset so tragic!
Technology often looks just like some magic
To people who don’t understand what we do.
Now a switch, emulation, now middleware glue!
Look at the protocols, check one or two,
Debug a bit, test a bit, presto! We’re through!”
My data was back! Every system checked out!
Tears of joy wet my face as I wandered about.
”How can I thank you? You must be Saint Nick!”
He said, ”Really, my friend, it’s not such a great trick,
If you don’t give up hope, focus on what you’re doing,
And read all your issues of Network Computing.”
And I heard him exclaim, as his reindeer were coursing,
”Merry Christmas to all! And consider outsourcing!”
NORTH POLE (API) - MICROSOFT announced an agreement with Santa Claus Industries to acquire Christmas at a press conference held via satellite from Santa’s summer estate somewhere in the southern hemisphere.
In the deal, Microsoft would gain exclusive rights to Christmas, Reindeer, and other unspecified inventions. In addition, Microsoft will gain access to millions of households through the Santa Sleigh. The announcement also included a notice that beginning Jan 1, 1997, Christmas and the Reindeer names would be copyrighted by Microsoft. This move was facilitated by the recently acquired MS Court.
Microsoft stated its commitment to ”all who have made Christmas great,” and vowed to ”make licensing of the Christmas and Reindeer names available to all.” It is believed that the guidelines for licensing these names, due before Halloween, will be very strict. When asked ”Why buy Christmas?” Bill Gates replied ”Microsoft has been working on a more efficient delivery mechanism for all of our products for some time, but recognized that the Santa Sleigh has some immediate benefits. We’ll use it first for the release of Windows97 and Office 97.”
In a multimedia extravaganza, the attendees were shown a seemingly endless video stream of products that make up the deal. It ended with a green and red version of the Microsoft logo, and a new Christmas 96 trademark, leading into the announcement of the first product from the deal.
Vixen, the new Director of Holidays and Celebrations said, ”The first step is to assimilate Christmas within the Microsoft organization. This will take some time, so don’t expect any changes this year.” She continued, ”our big plans are for next year, when we release Christmas 96. It will be bigger and better than last year.” She further elaborated that ”Windows95 users who sign up with MS Network will get previews of Christmas 96 as early as November first.”
Christmas 96 is scheduled for release in December of 1996, though one unnamed source said that it is dangerously close to the end of the year and may slip into the first half of 1997. An economist at Goldman Sachs explained that a slip would be catastrophic to next year’s economy and the nation’s tax revenue, possibly requiring the IRS to move the deadline for filing income tax returns to three months after Christmas, whenever that was. ”But it could be good in the long term,” he explained. ”With Microsoft controlling Christmas, we may see it move to May or June, which are much slower months for retailers. This may serve to even out the economy over the year.”
When asked if other holidays are being considered, Mr. Gates explained that ”Christmas is the flagship of holidays, so we wanted to start there. Not all holidays are available for sale, and the remaining will have to show a good long term business,” suggesting that holidays with a short history may not be in the plans.
Though specific terms of the agreement were withheld pending final FTC approval, a Santa official confirmed that the deal was ”sizeable, even for a man of Santa’s stature.” Some analysts think that Santa has saturated the Holiday market, and is looking for a means to expand his business to year ’round products and services. Others contend that the Jolly Red Man is looking to retire in Redmond.
A spokesperson for the most famous Reindeer could not be reached for comment.
A little boy was in a relative’s wedding. As he was coming down the aisle he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd (alternating between bride’s side and groom’s side). While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar loudly.
So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR all the way down the aisle.
As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the front. The little boy, however, was getting more and more distressed from all the laughing, and was near tears by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, ”I was just being the Ring Bear!”
TOP TEN REASONS WHY TRICK OR TREATING IS BETTER THAN SEX
10) You are guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
9) If you get tired, you can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.
8) The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.
7) You don’t have to compliment the person who gives you some.
6) It’s O. K. when the person you’re with fantasizes you’re someone else, because you are.
5) Forty years from now you’ll still enjoy candy.
4) If you don’t like what you get, you can always go next door.
3) It doesn’t matter if the kids hear you moaning and groaning.
2) Less guilt the morning after.
1) YOU CAN DO THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD.
Cool Bumper Stickers
- Jesus is coming, everyone look busy.
- A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
- Horn broken, watch for finger.
- My kid had sex with your honor student.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try not to look astonished.
- Help wanted telepath: You know where to apply.
- I. R. S. : We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.
- Jesus loves you... Everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.
- I’m just driving this way to piss you off.
- Reality is a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.
- Keep honking, I’m reloading.
- Hang up and drive.
- Guns don’t kill people, postal workers do.
- Ask me about microwaving cats for fun and profit.
- If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?
- Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
- I want to die in my sleep like my Grandfather did, not kicking and
screaming like his passengers.
- Diplomacy is the art of saying ”Nice doggie!” till you can find a rock.
- I’m as confused as a baby in a topless bar.
- The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
- We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.
- Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake!
- Make it idiotproof and someone will make a better idiot.
- I’m not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
- He who laughs last thinks slowest!
- Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.
- A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
- There’s too much blood in my caffeine system.
- What is a ”free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?
- Assassins do it from behind.
- If ignorance is bliss, you must be orgasmic.
- Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
- I used to have a handle on life, then it broke.
- Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.
- I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
- Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
- Few women admit their age... few men act theirs.
- We have enough youth, how about a fountain of SMART?
- Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
- ”Criminal Lawyer” is a redundancy.