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By Donna Garverick
I was asked
to write something about MPE/iXs impending end-of-sales date,
to write an obituary befitting the HP 3000. Nothing quite like doing
an add water and stir and have instant
profundity as a result.
Since the Internet can be
the diary of our global village, I gleaned some thoughts from there
and have mixed them with my own. This process caused me to recall the
day I got the news. It was shocking, unbelievable. From She
Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways by William Wordsworth:
Today the news
came unexpectedly. Is one ever ready?
with the idea that MPE, my steadfast friend, might not
always be there
Can He be replaced?
He was my buddy.
He was my pal.
I thought of
all the days and nights Ive spent working on some problem, but
always confident that MPE wouldnt let me down. But what about
At night I lay and
think of you
wishes and dreams come true
At night I
wonder can this be the end
is this all
At night I
wish we could go to the way things were.
I have always
known, and I think we all have known too, how small the MPE community
is compared to the others.
She dwelt among
the untrodden ways
springs of Dove,
A Maid whom
there were none to praise
And very few
In the end
however, I am unwilling to write an obituary, befitting or otherwise.
Call me a dreamer. Call me naïve. I remain convinced of
MPEs future. It will survive because thats been
MPEs legacy from day one. From The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost:
I shall be telling
this with a sigh
ages and ages hence:
diverged in a wood, and I
I took the
one less traveled by,
And that has
made all the difference.
Keep the faith. Join the fight to survive.
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