Over brunch, Confucius might have mentioned that a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it. He also might have reminded me, again, that sarcasm isn’t universally understood or appreciated. But he didn’t.
I would’ve thought that the facts in the (previous) post in question would speak for themselves:
- There are smart people on the Windows team.
- Windows Server 2008 R2 will be 64-bit only.
- Some people are still afraid to fly in 2007.
I can’t definitively connect fear of flying to the Year 2000 hype, but it seemed like a humorous connection. Being an amateur skydiver, #3 still puzzles me, but I won’t digress further.
Everything else in the (previous) post in question was over-the-top humor intended to poke fun at the Chicken Littles of the world. Expect lamentations of epic proportion from the “don’t make us upgrade to 64-bit” crowd as the expected date gets closer. Humorous elements that were left as clues to the sarcasm include:
- My invented term, “digital millennium” (1024 * 2 == 2048).
- The 41-year runway between now and then.
- The imploding 32-bit universe.
- Dr. Hawking being proud of an implosion (don’t make me type the equation here).
- Any reference to marketing.
- The Year 2000 boogeyman.
- People who are still running Windows 95.
- Toaster firmware.
- Refrigerators with IP addresses (just because MSR has worked on it doesn’t make it any less funny).
- 1024-bit server computing.
- Cheap Tablet PCs.
- Yogi Bear and Jellystone.
I guess Mulder said it best, “Nobody likes a math geek, Scully.” Since I couldn’t find a link to the Johnny Dangerously quote that I was looking for, a link to sarchasm will have to do. Heh!
[The next post will actually be about SQL Server, I promise. Or the moose gets it.]