Raymond misreads acronyms: MSPP-PVP


I was looking up some information about the Microsoft Partner Program, commonly abbreviated MSPP. I stumbled across an internal wiki called mspp-pvp. My first reaction upon seeing the name was, "What, it's player versus player?"

I got this images of the CEOs of the various partners wearing VR goggles and running around playing laser tag.

No, it's the Partner Velocity Program.

Comments (12)
  1. Darryl says:

    yeah,  I do the same thing all the time, with acronyms that are getting way overloaded.  In conversation with someone I don’t know well I have asked to clarify acronyms to double check the one that I am hearing is the one I should be hearing.

  2. chriso says:

    Now, the only question left open is: Where are CEOs able to look for some real mspp-pve action? (Just in the case, they dont want to participate in pvp? :-D )

  3. PVP – Your main opponent is the programmer who wrote this dreck you have to maintain.

    PVE – It’s you against the labyrinthine development environment.

    Makes perfect sense to me, this could catch on.

  4. 640k says:

    Microsoft Partner Program Partner Velocity Program.

  5. David Walker says:

    While not as common as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, used in pipes for irrigation, etc.), PVP = polyvinylpyrolidone which is used in medical and surgical applications.  Unless you mean Percutaneous vertebroplasty or peripheral venous pressure…

  6. Erzengel says:

    I saw it as Microsoft Powerpoint Player Versus Player. What, they somehow made a multiplayer game in powerpoint?

    It’s like at my place of work, we have "TK". First thought: Team Kill. Actually means, Team Knowledge.

  7. I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this, but I don’t see where else to ask, as the Suggestion Box appears to be closed:

    I went to install a new font the other night…why does the dialog for the font installer still look like it came out of Win 3.x, even under XP?  Just curious.  Did this get overlooked or forgotten at some point?  :-)

  8. GregM says:

    The suggestion box is closed for a reason, which is clearly explained on the suggestion box page.  I suggest you try using a search engine.

  9. Dean Harding says:

    Kevin: Your suggestion is already in the suggestion box (http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/pages/407234.aspx#519249) so have a little patience.

  10. Dean, thanks for pointing that out…I didn’t see it.  Greg, thanks for the understanding.  Having been on the Internet for some thirteen years now…I had no idea that I could use a search engine.  My bad.

  11. Leverett says:

    Speaking of acronyms, I always wished Microsoft had gone with MsCrapi for the CryptoApi.

  12. GregM says:

    Kevin, let me be more explicit then:

    use a search engine to search for "font dialog" site:blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing

    and you might find this entry from 4 years ago:

    Yes, the Add Fonts dialog was written for 16-bit Windows. But it turns out that almost nobody installs fonts that way any more. Which Longhorn feature would you cut to make room to improve the Add Fonts dialog?

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