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Glenn T. Livezey wrote
>Thank you Mark.
>But where's Bill Scrooge?
>Or the Gates who stole Christmas?
>Or "MS buys northpole, elves now consultants"?
HERE IT IS!..<evil grin>
courtesy my "code-side" partner..Jorah Lavin who "got it from another list"
>> **************** Have Yourself a Microsoft Christmas*************
>>> 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through
>>> Not a creature was stirring, except Papa's mouse.
>>> The computer was humming, the icons were hopping,
>>> As Papa did last-minute Internet shopping.
>>> The stockings were hung by the modem with care
>>> In hope that St. Nicholas would bring new software.
>>> The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
>>> While visions of computer games danced in their
>>> PageMaker for Billy, and Quicken for Dan,
>>> And Carmen Sandiego for Pamela Ann.
>>> The letters to Santa had been sent out by Mom,
>>> To firstname.lastname@example.org -
>>> Which has now been re-routed to Washington State
>>> Because Santa's workshop has been bought by Bill
>>> All the elves and reindeer have had to skedaddle
>>> To flashy new quarters in suburban Seattle.
>>> After centuries of a life that was simple and spare,
>>> St. Nicholas is suddenly a new billionaire,
>>> With a shiny red Porsche in the place of his sleigh,
>>> And a house on Lake Washington that's just down the
>>> From where Bill has his mansion. The old fellow
>>> In black Gucci boots and red Calvin Klein jeans.
>>> The elves have stock options and desks with a view,
>>> Where they write computer code for Johnny and Sue.
>>> No more dolls or toy soldiers or little toy drums
>(ahem - pardon me)
>>> No more dolls or tin soldiers or little toy drums
>>> Will be under the tree, only compact disk ROMS
>>> With the Microsoft label. So spin up your drive,
>>> From now on Christmas runs only on Win95.
>>> More rapid than eagles the competitors came,
>>> And Bill whistled, and shouted, and called them by
>>> "Now, ADOBE! now, CLARIS! now, INTUIT! too,
>>> Now, APPLE! and NETSCAPE! you are all of you
>>> It is Microsoft's Santa the jolly old elf,
>>> And on the package, a picture of Santa himself.
>>> Get 'em young, keep 'em long, is Microsoft's scheme,
>>> And a merger with Santa is a marketer's dream.
>>> To the top of the NASDAQ! to the top of the Dow!
>>> Now dash away! dash away! dash away - wow!"
>>> And Mama in her 'kerchief and I in my cap,
>>> Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
>>> When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
>>> The whir and the hum of our satellite platter,
>>> As it turned toward that new Christmas star in the
>>> The SANTALITE owned by the Microsoft guy.
>>> As I sprang from my bed and was turning around,
>>> My computer turned on with a Jingle-Bells sound.
>>> And there on the screen was a smiling Bill Gates
>>> Next to jolly old Santa, two arm-in-arm mates.
>>> And I heard them exclaim in voice so bright,
>>> Have a MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS, and TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.
> L I S A C
>O L V I N
> UCLA Graduate School of Education and
> Department of Library and
> Multimedia and Information
>Technology Lab Assistant
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