Absent from MDC in Egypt

Unfortunately last week I started to lose my voice. I went to see a doctor

on Saturday and it was expected to get better, but now it has nearly totally

gone away. To make matters worse, its snowing like crazy in Istanbul and the

Microsoft office has been closed for the next few days, the city is pretty

much at a stand still. The electricity is fading every few minutes and the

DSL is flaking out farely often. Although it was fun to watch the city bus

go down the street sideways (I do not think the passengers enjoyed it in the

same manner), I wish the snow would stop. Why is snow such a problem here?

Well Istanbul is a very very hilly city. Imagine 5 to 10 cm of snow falling

in San Franciso. Now imagine bigger hills, and more of them. I think you get

the picture.


More snow is forecasted for tomorrow, and even if my voice should magically

return in the next 24 hours, I have no way to make it to the airport

(assuming the planes are flying).


To those of you at MDC.... I hope to see you next time, and I hope MDC is a

big success. Maybe I can make a user group meeting or other event in the

future instead.