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September 1997


As I make my premier attempt to author the MSJ editor's note, I have been filled with sober, deep thoughts on the future of PC computing. Being the new technical editor of MSJ comes with awesome responsibilities. I feel an overwhelming sense of duty to work around the clock; I am overcome by a need to become omniscient on the state of every developer technology in the works at Microsoft and convey every detail to you, my loyal reader. [Note to Eric: I dunno about this new guy.—LE] MSJ has a decade-long tradition of being first on the newsstand with the hardcore details of emerging Microsoft technologies. Of course, there's the equally strong tradition of totally random MSJ editor's notes that don't have the vaguest thing to do with computers or Microsoft. Who am I to fly in the face of tradition?
MSJ staffers are taken to a clandestine NDA briefing. Note new tech editor.
So! Thank goodness that the media has recently focused attention on the Mars Pathfinder project and the adventures of Sojourner. Frankly, we were tired of hearing about Iron Mike's dining preferences, not to mention Joe Camel and the endless tobacco settlement attempts. Getting to the NASA site on the Internet for the latest revelations proved a tad frustrating. When we were lucky enough to get through, we were rewarded with spectacular shots of Barnacle Bill, Yogi, and Scooby Doo. We're anxiously awaiting the discovery of the Dr. Quest, Race Bannon, and Hadji boulders. [Eric: OK, now I'm really scared.—LE] Gee—leave it to the American press to shield us from all the actual hard data spewing out of NASA and the JPL, save for the cute Hanna-Barbera monikers or the country-western wake-up tune they played for the shuttle astronauts that morning.
One item you may have missed recently is the fact that the atomic clock was adjusted by a leap second! According to the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, tidal friction has caused the astronomical and atomic clocks to become too far out of synch. Their scientists determined that the atomic clock needed to be stopped for precisely one second every year, more or less.
Of course this tweak is significant to those in the communication and navigation fields, but it must come as a great sense of relief to those of you out there battling the year 2000 problem. Hey, you've got an extra second each year to hammer out those code fixes before the ball drops in Times Square. Contrary to a popular conspiracy theory circulating on the net, Microsoft did not pay off the U.S. Naval Observatory to add the second as a desperate measure to ensure the Memphis beta went out on time. [Note to Joe: see me.—EJM]
Armed with that extra second, the Memphis and IE 4 betas, and information gleaned from our informative publication, you should be all set to attend Microsoft's next Professional Developers Conference. It will take place in sunny San Diego, CA on September 22-26. In fact, Don Box, one of our favorite authors, is slated to present a preconference session that will bring you up to speed with COM, DCOM, and MTS. See www.microsoft.com/msdn/pdc for the details. We'll see you there.


With this issue,
MSJ welcomes aboard Joe Flanigen as our new technical editor extraordinaire. Joe hails from Microsoft Technical Support, where he extricated premier customers from their worst Win32 jams.


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