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# Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Yesterday, Mrs. dotNetTemplar wanted to order pizza for lunch.  (I was working from home.)  So I pulled up papajohns.com and put in an order.  About 45 minutes later, the delivery guy arrived, and I met him at the door.  I just happened to be wearing one of the shirts that Microsoft has given me.

"You know, you oughta put that shirt up on eBay," he said.  "You might be able to get two Linux shirts for that one Microsoft shirt."

"Well, ya know, it pays the bills, hehe," I retorted kindly, and he acquiesced on that point, returning to his car.

It wasn't until a minute or two later that the full irony of the exchange hit me.

"You might be able to get two Linux shirts for that one Microsoft shirt," said.. the.. pizza.. delivery guy.. to.. the.. full-time.. professional.. software developer.

Hmm...  maybe he just loves delivering pizza...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 1:47:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
Thursday, November 17, 2005 6:43:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I just had to delete a comment from someone who thinks he knows me, apparently, but doesn't know me from Adam. I wouldn't have deleted it except not only was it insulting, the person also didn't leave a real name or email. If you're going to insult me, at least have the cajones to say who you are. Otherwise, you have no place commenting on my blog.

This is a joke, people. Get over it. If you love Linux and think the world should run on free software, feel free to keep delivering pizzas and writing free software. I've got no problems with that; I need the pizza and will happily use free software! I just think it was ironic given the historic debates between the Microsoft crowd and the Linux crowd, kind of a touche back at this fella.

Some people are so touchy... and they call me touchy...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 3:17:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hey, you aren't far off base !!

I used to be an avid linux user (basic config file editing, etc) and tried my hardest to get into Linux. I even got it to run RTCW (Return to Castle Wolfenstein) & Quake III on my GeForce 2 GTS...

But, as you so rightly put it, Microsoft pays the bills! And my story isn't unique. My good friend at the job I just left was an old school hardware hacker type. Among his accomplishments, programming a Telescope to take pictures, and professionally writing hardware code to interface at the USB level (whatever that is). He too was a Linux enthusiast, but, after a similar Epiphany, he too focused on Microsoft development. In his case: C++ to VB6...

In any event, the Microsoft .NET platform blows away all else in the corporate world, why, most likely because it works better. Plus, I work with a bunch of old-school Java types, and they have adapted quite happily to developing in .NET!

Just wondering, do you subscibe to the Rent-a-coder newsletter? I have noticed the vast majority of the projects on it are PHP/MySQL oriented, so maybe your pizza delivery guy is pushing those out on his laptop at red lights?
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 3:22:46 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
No, Kenneth, I don't subscribe to rent-a-coder. I'm too busy as it is. :)
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