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.

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I would've thought that the facts in the (previous) post in question would speak for themselves:

  1. There are smart people on the Windows team.
  2. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be 64-bit only.
  3. 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:

  1. My invented term, "digital millennium" (1024 * 2 == 2048).
  2. The 41-year runway between now and then.
  3. The imploding 32-bit universe.
  4. Dr. Hawking being proud of an implosion (don't make me type the equation here).
  5. Any reference to marketing.
  6. The Year 2000 boogeyman.
  7. People who are still running Windows 95.
  8. Toaster firmware.
  9. Refrigerators with IP addresses (just because MSR has worked on it doesn't make it any less funny).
  10. 1024-bit server computing.
  11. Cheap Tablet PCs.
  12. Unicorns.
  13. 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.]