RE: Moms and MSDN

Quite easy to understand. Go do what you need to first.

—–Original Message—–
From: Robert Scoble [mailto:rscoble@microsoft.com]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 3:26 PM
To: Scott Royall
Cc: Blog; Blaise; bradgsmith@mdanderson.org; Brandon Milligan; Carol
McKinney; Dianne; DSloan; Jack Davidson; janis.nicol@nau.edu; John Royall;
Marsha Anderson, DVM; Michelle Luster; Ming Zu; Mom; Richard Becton; Sakina
Lanig; Tao Ju
Subject: RE: Moms and MSDN

Scott, thanks for the kind words!

But I probably won’t be able to work on it for another week, sorry.

Robert

—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 12:06 PM
To: Robert Scoble
Cc: Blog; Blaise; bradgsmith@mdanderson.org; Brandon Milligan; Carol
McKinney; Dianne; DSloan; Jack Davidson; janis.nicol@nau.edu; John
Royall; Marsha Anderson, DVM; ‘Michelle Luster’; Ming Zu; Mom; Richard
Becton; Sakina Lanig; Tao Ju
Subject: Moms and MSDN

Robert,

What can I say? You already know how temporary life is. You also have
the good sense to recognize how fortunate we are. I mourn your loss as
you come to terms with life and its consequences. None of us is perfect,
of course, but I think you can take comfort in the evidence you found in
MT of the pride your mother took in you. Although your paths diverged,
she clearly didn’t regret yours.

Living on Disability when I’m actually capable of earning a good salary
as a developer is no fun. I won’t lie and pretend it is. It is
financially and emotionally draining. Yet, I too am better off than most
of humanity. I know that, just as I know that most severely disabled
people will never even get a chance to do anything with their lives.
That hasn’t changed in my 50 years, and maybe it never really will. Yet,
the field we work in, computer technology, does at least offer the hope
of change. It is something of an equalizer in that computers don’t react
emotionally or pass judgments on what people are capable of contributing
to society. If you are able to give a computer the input required to
achieve the output desired, you are as capable as anyone else. Xpress-It
is proof of that. I honestly believe that app has the capability of
helping many, many people become less invisible to the world, because it
addresses a need that the established medical software houses don’t even
seem to see.

However, Xpress-It’s future is tied to offering it on more portable
platforms. Achieving that goal, given that Xpress-It is C++, means
keeping my MSDN subscription up so I can get more modern tools. I simply
can’t afford the $2,300 price tag for the year, though. This is why I
asked for your help; my subscription expires this month. As you take the
next week away to close out your mother’s affairs, please try to not let
my request fall in a crack somewhere.

Scott

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