Microsoft does it again


I found this story in the London Free Press. VANCOUVER -- Like any good fledgling businessperson, Mike Rowe knew he needed a catchy name for his website design company. Being possessed of a sense of humour and the cheekiness of a typical 17 year old and given his name, what better than to register his Internet domain name as mikerowesoft.com? As in, but not quite, Microsoft Corp. \"Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add \'soft\' to the end of it,\" the Victoria Grade 12 student said. But the folks at the world\'s biggest software company aren\'t smiling. They\'ve demanded he give up his domain name. Mike, a self-described computer geek, registered the name in August. In November, he received a letter from Microsoft\'s Canadian lawyers, Smart & Biggar, informing him he was committing copyright infringement. He was advised to transfer the name to the corporation. \"I didn\'t think they would get all their high-priced lawyers to come after me,\" Rowe said. He wrote back, saying he\'d put a lot of time and effort into his business and asked to be compensated if he was to give up his name. Microsoft\'s lawyers wrote back offering him $10 US. Rowe asked for $1,000. Then, last Wednesday, he received an ominous, 2.5-centimetre-thick package with a 25-page letter accusing him of trying to force Microsoft into giving him a large settlement for his name. \"I never even thought of getting anything out of them,\" he said, adding he only asked for the $1,000 because he was \"sort of mad at them for only offering 10 bucks.\" Now he\'s going to sit back and see if the organization that registers domain names will take his name away from him. No one from the law firm or Microsoft would comment.

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Get ready for the 2004 MS150


Hello all,

On Saturday and Sunday, April 17 - 18, 2004, I will be joining over 10,000 other cyclists riding 180 miles from Houston to Austin in the annual BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The tour is a charity fundraising event supporting the National MS Society's fight against multiple sclerosis.

As many of you already know my wife Linda has MS so this cause is near and dear to me. I am calling on you and all of my friends, family and co-workers and neighbors to contribute on my behalf to the National MS Society. By making a pledge, you are supporting MS research, programs and education. You are also helping me achieve my fundraising goal of double last years donations of $1050.00 to at least $2500.00 this year!

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible. Instead of going to the trouble of mailing a check, you can use the following link to donate online in my name. Clicking on the link below will take you to the BP MS 150 site, where donating is fast, easy and secure. At the website you will be able to choose an amount to donate and make the donation immediately with a credit card. I will be notified via email as soon as you make your pledge. http://www.ms150.org/ms150/donate/donate.cfm?id=84265

If you prefer to write a check please make it out to "National MS Society" and mail them to me at
6818 Peace River
Spring, TX 77379
Feel free to email me at with any questions.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Greg Gillis

About multiple sclerosis:
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The symptoms include blurred or double vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and can become as severe as paralysis and total loss of vision. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be life-long. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. I appreciate your support of the National MS Society and the BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The funds raised on the BP MS 150 Bike Tour provide equipment, financial assistance, self-help groups, counseling, information and resources, as well as education for people with MS and their families. Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

Movie - EuroTrip


I watched the TRAILER for EuroTrip and it look like the stupid movies that I usually love. I will probably try to get Linda to go see this one. Matinee of course.

Just so you know my tastes, Linda and I went to see Dude, where's my car and loved it. We were the oldest people in the theater but we still laughed our asses off. The 3 big beers I had at TGI Fridays before the show might have enhanced my enjoyment a bit but I still laugh at the TRAILER.

Still 40


I turned 40 this summer and I still can\'t believe it. I have been waiting to see if I wake up, but I don\'t. I guess 40 is here to stay, at least until I turn 41. Linda did a great job and gave me a surprise party that really surprised me. Many thanks to all those that attended. Here is my dad and I

Shiner Bash 2003


This is from last years Shiner Bash. This is a great but long ride and has three starting cities. Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and all roads lead to the Spoetzl Brewry in Shiner Texas. Home of my favorite beer, Shiner Bock.

Fishing Trinity Bay Summer \'03


Here are some photos of fishing in 2003. This was a very good day for fishing but I forgot my wading pants and the jelly fish about ate me alive. I was glad we got our limits early. This is my brother in-law Matt.

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What goes around will be healed with Penicillin.


I found this while roaming around the internet. I am not sure if it is true so read it with a grain of salt and let me know if you can prove its validity one way or the other.

There was a fellow named Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer.

One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.

And that he did. Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time?

Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
 

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"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

Max Planck

Submitted by: gtgillis / 2004-11-03
Category: Miscellany

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