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August 31, 2009

PDC08 – the unrevealed crime (Part 1)

Filed under: Fun — ajdotnet @ 6:20 pm

Alright, this blog is hijacked! I’m not going to tell you who I am, and it’s up to you whether you believe me or not. But I’m here to tell you the truth! The truth about what happened last PDC. I have to be careful, though. Once the word gets around, I will be in grave danger. Thus I have to keep my anonymity. Nobody will be happy about me telling the world about… THE CRIME.

You never heard about it? No wonder. Ask someone who was at the last PDC to tell you something about THE CRIME. You’ll see people hunching down, backing off, finding excuses to leave, or otherwise evading the topic. It’s the dirty secret we all share and that to the best of my knowledge, nobody has told yet. It’s a hideous crime, and the cove-up that ensued is on par with the fake moon landing. (You know the moon landing never happened, don’t you?)

But this time, it’s going to be different. This time the truth will be told. I will tell it, for I cannot bear the burden of endangering the attendees of the upcoming PDC on my conscience.


It happened to the most revered, and well regarded, father of Turbo Pascal. (And some other languages, I guess. He never managed Modula, though, but that’s really NOT AN EXCUSE!): Anders Hejlsberg!


I was a witness and I happened to have my camera ready to document THE CRIME first-hand (and I sneaked it out when all cameras where confiscated!). See for yourself:

 “What’s that…?” “No… that can’t be…? Must be some hardware problem…”

 “Really it has to do with these cables…?”
“No Anders, look at your screen. If the problem is not on the screen, it’s probably in front of it.”


Note: In the interest of the innocent I’ll leave out the rather pitiful scenes and groundless accusations that followed. Suffice it to say that Anders eventually had to accept the fact that somebody installed LINUX on his machine! Imagine the insolence! The effrontery! the sheer impudence! A penguin mocking a distinguished person like Anders, and along with him the whole assembled Microsoft celebrity!

Of course that didn’t amuse Anders in the slightest way…


 “I’m usually a nice and likable guy, …”

 “… but let me get my hands on this culprit, this evildoer, this…” (again, I have to protect the innocent.)


And yet, this… abomination… was only the beginning of the story…. But I have to go, that guy over there is eying me suspiciously. More when I’m save again…



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