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May 2005 Entries

It's _not_ the pun, stupid

With regard to my previous post, none of the comments has it right yet. I wasn't asking you guys to explain the pun, I was asking you to explain the reference. I'm invoking a send-up from a certain television show (that has nothing to do with Disney).  And actually the bit on the show is itself a send-up of a musical piece from an old film.  I'll take either the film or the TV reference.  That copy of Office awaits.  Get it before Office 12 comes out!


Like a Masochist at Disney, I'm Orlando-bound

(Free copy of Office 2003 Pro for the first person who posts a comment correctly explaining that reference.) I leave in four days to speak at Microsoft Tech*Ed 2005 in Orlando; the show runs all next week. I’ve been so busy preparing, I haven’t had time to provide details, so here goes. My presentations will include: A breakout session on Windows Forms 2.0 Data Binding jointly presented with Steve Lasker, a former RD who is now the Program Manager of Smart Client Data Design-Time on the Microsoft ......

Score One (no, two) for Windows Media

Musicmatch, first known for its jukebox player software packaged with many PCs and sound cards, was one of the first online digital download music stores for the Windows Media platform...I'm reasonably certain their online store beat Napster to the punch. The two services have been largely similar: both offer Windows Media protected format music downloads, at 99c per track or (usually) $9.99 per album. MSN music joined the fray recently with a similar service, but their store is so terrible and difficult ......

Frankfurter Renaissance

On the northeast corner of West 8th Street and 6th Avenue (as in the opening lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ “Dance (Pt. 1)”), for years and years, there was a trusty old-fashioned neighborhood drugstore, complete with a soda counter, called Whelan Drug. For a long time, Whelan Drug was 8th Street to me. Eventually, like everything on 8th Street, Whelan went out of business. Alas, that was to be my first experience with loss of the seemingly permanent. Anyway, if memory serves, the store stood vacant ......

Tradition, Interrupted

A reunion of sorts took place today. Along with my wife and 7-month old son, I joined two of my high school classmates, their kids and their husbands, at the playground in Peter Cooper Village. The kids had fun (right now, my son thinks anything with people is fun) and the adults, who have stayed in contact over the years but are not super-close, caught up with each other. The three of us grew up in Manhattan, and the three of us want to continue living here. But the truth is that my two classmates ......