Friday, February 18, 2005

It's a great day for pack rats

'Abe' fry sold for $75,100.00

Yep, you got it. The same guys who bought a grilled cheese sandwich for $28,000 have bought a French Fry to round out their $100,000+ meal.

I knew there was a reason I don't throw anything away. Well I do. Some stuff. Like stuff I know is trash. Maybe I shouldn't. My trash, someone else's trashure, er, treasure... ;)

If I ever have to move my office, I think a ton of stuff will end up on eBay. Who knows, maybe someone will pay $10,000 for a milk carton with a "Clippy" ad on it. Or maybe $25,000 for a roll of Sun Microsystems toliet paper (what marketing campaign did that one come from anyway?). I know for sure some people pay $500 for Apple T-shirts. Surely a Turbo Debugger knife is worth a lot more than that... :)

If you know anyone willing to pay a fortune for some junk, let me know. I've got an empty bottle of Hell Beer, and some dusted over never worn T-shirts still in shrink wrap if you want them too.

Who knows, I might even have some 2003 Borland calendars... :)

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Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Birthday Delphi!

The first time I heard of Delphi was sometime during the beta. There was this article (or maybe a flyer) talking about "Delphi 95". I'm not sure if that "Delphi 95" term was made up locally by the Swedish reseller DataBiten, or if it was used by Borland locally or globally. I don't think I've seen "Delphi 95" in any other article.

Anyway, I was evaluating dBase for Windows (actually, the beta of it - BladeRunner), and here comes this flyer. It was talking about database and client/server stuff. Very cool. Gotta get it. And we did. This "Delphi 95" beta thing kicked some serious [...] on my projects... :p

Later on, I talked people into letting me go to BorCon in San Diego in August of 1995, and met cool people like Steve Teixeira, Nick Hodges, et al.

Shortly after coming back from BorCon I was offered a job in Delphi Developer Support. It took about six months to get all the visa stuff done, and I started at Borland International on March 25th, 1996. And the rest is history!

Happy birthday Delphi! Only eight more years, and you're a full-grown adult! :p