The Byte Before Christmas

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    The Byte Before Christmas

    'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
    Not a user was using ... not even a mouse;
    The programs were hung from the bugs in their code,
    In hopes that a guru would soon cure their woes;

    The data were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While versions of software danced in their heads;
    The boss dimmed the lights as I locked up my desk,
    A couple days off and a well-deserved rest;

    Then all of a sudden there came such a clatter,
    I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.

    Away to the processor I flew like a flash,
    What a terrible sound .. like a massive headcrash;
    The lights they were blinking and beaming aglow,
    The hardcopy printout said "Let service know!";

    When what to my wandering eyes should appear,
    On a silicon wafer ... a field engineer;
    A little device driver, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment it must be St. Chip!

    More rapid than Macro, his cursor insane,
    He whistled and shouted like a video game.

    Now, Pascal! Now, Basic!, Now, Fortran and Cobol!
    On RPG! On PL/1, On Dibol and Snobol!
    To the top of the registers, the bottom of core!
    Run diagnostics and see what they store!

    As memory leaves when electricity flies,
    The 'Rep' cracked a smile and loosened his tie;
    He was chubby and plump, said the place was a wreck,
    And I laughed when I saw him (in spite of high tech).

    A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
    Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
    He was dressed from his head to his feet in a suit,
    His briefcase was heavy with tools to re-boot.

    With bundles of bits bulging out of his slacks,
    He looked like a pro 'bout to fix a blown pack.
    He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
    Reseated PC boards, then turned with a smirk;

    Hit return with his finger and said "Here it goes,"
    And giving a nod, into the CRT he dove.
    But I heard him exclaim, 'ere leaving the site,
    "Restore the data, and all will be right!"

    Merry Christmas To You All

    From

    Bumfluff


    This was found here: http://people.cornell.edu/pages/bs16...christmas.html

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    YOU PHAIL, SIR!

    Merry Christmas everyone!!
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    In what respects?

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    Chill out. It's a little ghey, but you get an A for effort!
    Videogame Memories!
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    Well I didn't make it.

    There is another one aswell:

    'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, except father's mouse.
    The computer was humming, the icons were hopping,
    As father did last-minute Internet shopping.

    The stockings were hung next the modem with care
    In the hope that Santa would bring new software.
    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    With visions of computer games filling their heads.

    Dark Forces for Billy, Doom II is for Dan,
    Carmen Sandiego for Pamela Ann.
    The letters to Santa had been sent out by mom,
    To santa@toyshop.northpole.com -

    Which now had been re-routed to Washington State
    Where Santa's workshop had been moved by Bill Gates.
    All the elves and the reindeer had had to skedaddle
    To flashy new quarters in suburban Seattle.

    After living a life that was simple and spare,
    Santa now finds that he's a new billionaire,
    With a shiny red Porsche in place of his sleigh,
    And a house on Lake Washington just down the way
    From where Bill has his mansion, and the old fellow preens
    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 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 name.
    "Now, ADOBE! now, CLARIS! now, INTUIT! too,
    Now, APPLE! and NETSCAPE! you're all of you through,

    It's Microsoft's SANTA that the kids can't resist,
    It's the ultimate software with a traditional twist -
    Recommended by no less than the jolly old elf,
    And on the package, a picture of Santa himself.

    Get 'em young, keep 'em long, is Microsoft's theme,
    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 mum in her 'kerchief and me 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 sky,
    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 voices so bright,
    HAVE A MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS,
    and TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.

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