Seven years ago, I was working for Hewlett-Packard on its inkjet printer drivers. Having worked on printer drivers for a few years, I felt that I knew something about GDI that other developers would like to know too, and more importantly I wanted to everything about GDI. So, on Jan, 4th, 1999, my birthday, I wrote an email to HP Press proposing to write an in-depth book about GDI. 23 months later, the book finally appeared on the shelf.
Yesterday, Jan 4th, 2006, exactly 7 years later, I walked into the office of Ben Ryan of Microsoft Press.