We had a great time reading the submissions (and are in the process of printing out copies of each one and hanging them around our building). They were all geeky, some were laugh-out-loud hilarious, some were clever, some were cute, some were great at sucking up, and they were all very much appreciated and show us how much our customers rock.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry, if we had enough kits we'd just give one to everyone but then that wouldn't be much of a contest, now would it? :)
We decided that a couple of these submissions were so deserving that we are going to up the prize for the top two:
Grand Prize: A vintage Exchange 2000 "Platinum" pocket watch [historical trivia: these watches were the ship gifts for the product team], an Exchange Communities "road warrior" kit with a mini USB mouse and other such goodies, and an Exchange 2003 SP2 Magnetic Poetry Kit.
First Place: Exchange Communities 'road warrior' kit & Exchange 2003 SP2 Magnetic Poetry Kit
Honorable Mentions: Exchange 2003 SP2 Magnetic Poetry Kit
So without further ado, here are the winners:
Road warrior, far from your home? ActiveSync means you're never alone. Exchange now will push Email right to your tush Or wherever you keep your smartphone.
An Admin who lived by Lough Ree, was obsessive 'bout SMTP, when you called on the phone, he'd say "two-twenty, I'm home"; which made salesmen hang up hastily.
Mail from a Nigerian minister Deposed in a coup- that’s quite sinister. He offered to pay If I helped him today, But I hadn’t the funds to administer.
There once was an off-campus user Whose VPN would always confuse her When along came '03 With its new HTTP And now she's an RPC abuser
There once was a messaging admin Who didn’t know how to stop spammin’ Til he downloaded Exchange 2003. With improvements in anti-spam and sender id, That messaging admin kept his job, how lucky he be.
With email you are never alone, Great tools let you work from home Now with Exchange zero three We get support with HTTP And even mail sent to my phone.
The bits were clogging your pipe At first you thought it was Skype Now check your OABs Unicode? No ANSI A new profile for v4’s right type
My briefcase once got lost All docs and appointments got tossed If I had used Outlook As an electronic black book I wouldn't be in such crap with my boss
Ode to Disaster Recovery 0, my e00.log is like a red, red rose, that's way out of toutch . 0, my mdb is like a parody, 'cause I'm having problems to detach.
I didn't run ExDRA, O, how deep in trouble am I, But I will love thee still, my dear, till a' the disks gang dry.
Till a' the disks gang dry, my dear, and their spindles melt wi' the sun! I will reindex thee still, my dear, while the offline defrag shall run.
I will eseutil /r my logs! I won't put up the fight! And you will mount again, my love. Even if it takes me all night!
For those of you who sent in the winning submissions, email me your snail mail address (kclemson AT microsoft DOT com) and we'll get your prizes sent to you soon.
We had a lot of fun with this contest, and we'll be hosting another one sometime in the next couple of months - keep an eye out!