We should win this contest. How hard could 75 words be?

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Wed, 28 Aug 96 00:58:30 PDT

It's just 75 words. I think we as a list should try to win this.
The question is, what do they want to hear? I was thinking of
submitting an entry consisting of 75 words of names that are Microsoft

"DOS. Windows. NT Workstation. Office. Word. Excel. Access.
FrontPage. PowerPoint. Project. Schedule+. Publisher. BackOffice.
NT Server. Catapult Server. Exchange Server. SQL Server. SNA Server.
Systems Management Server. Internet Information Server. Index Server.
Internet Explorer. NetMeeting. ActiveX Control Pad. Visual Basic
Scripting Edition. Visual J++. Jakarta. dbWeb. ActiveX Control Pack.
Softimage. Visual FoxPro. Visual C++. Visual SourceSafe. Visual
Test. Advanced Technology. Merchant System. Works. Money. Music
Central. Cinemania. Bookshelf. Automap. Flight Simulator. Monster
Truck Madness. Gardening. Julia Child. Arcade. NBA Full Court Press.
Encarta. Magic School Bus. Creative Writer. 3D Movie Maker. Plus
Pack. Entertainment Pack. Press. Pegasus. Natural Keyboard. Mouse.
Talisman. Wolfpack. OLE. COM. Slate. MSN. The future is

What do you all think? Too butt smoochy? Too many words?
Should I submit it? Did I miss any Microsoft products?


The future of computing is a subject of endless debate -- which makes it
the perfect topic for the Windows 95 Anniversary Essay Contest. Simply
write a very short essay -- 75 words or less -- on the future of
computing and enter it in the contest. The winner of the essay contest
and a companion of the winner's choice will receive a trip to Redmond,
Washington, to meet Bill Gates.

Don't forget to read the Official Contest Rules for important contest
information. The Essay Contest registration form is accessible below.
Thanks for coming to the Windows 95 Party!

Unfortunately, legal restrictions on prizes prevent Microsoft from
extending eligibility to all participants world-wide. The legal reasons
range from trade restrictions on hardware and software shipments to laws
which prevent non-US residents from participating in US contests.
Microsoft will continue to investigate ways we can include more of the
international community in our promotions in the future.

Microsoft's Windows 95 Anniversary "The Future of Computing"
Essay Contest

--OFFICIAL RULES-- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited or
restricted by law. On an Official electronic Entry Form (available on
the World Wide Web at http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/) Entrants must
compose an original essay on the topic "What do you think is the future
of computing?" Finished essay must be 75 words or less and may not have
been previously published nor a derivative version of previously
published materials. Input your complete name, complete e-mail address
and country. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States
(except Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam) at time of entry.
Press SEND ESSAY on the contest home page and your entry will be
automatically forwarded into the contest. If you do not have access to
the World Wide Web or wish to enter by mail, you may send a paper
version of your essay with your name, address, daytime and evening
telephone numbers and e-mail address (e-mail address not a requisite
CONTEST", P.O. Box 29, Ojai, CA 93024-0029. Only one (1) entry per
person and only one (1) winner per household. CONTEST BEGINS 8/22/96 AND
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM (PST) 9/26/96. Sponsor is not
responsible for electronic or paper entries that are late, lost, stolen,
misdirected, mutilated or postage due or non-deliverable due to online
communication malfunction or failure or human error that may occur in
the processing of entries to this contest. Illegible or incomplete
entries will be disqualified. Entries become the property of Microsoft
and will not be returned.

Winner will be judged from all eligible electronic and paper entries
received by a panel of Microsoft representatives, under the
administration of L.A. PROMO whose decisions and interpretations of the
rules are final in all matters relating to this program. Entries will be
judged on the following criteria: [1] 75% for creativity and concept
originality; [2] 15% for effectiveness of presentation; [3] 10%
feasibility. Entrants agree to waive all intellectual property rights
and all other rights related to their entries. By participating in this
promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the
decision of the judges. Name of the tentative winner (the individual who
has been chosen but has not yet completed and returned the Affidavit and
Release form) will be placed on Microsofts web site and will be notified
by e-mail (or by overnight mail if entered by mail) on 10/28/96. By
entering the contest by e-mail, entrants agree to review their e-mail or
Microsofts web site (at http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/) by 5:00PM
p.s.t. on 11/4/96. The confirmed winner will be announced on Microsofts
web site on or about 11/29/96. Grand Prize is guaranteed to be awarded.
Winner will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of
Eligibility/Release of Liability Form within 14 days of receipt of the
Form or an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize
notification as undeliverable either by e-mail or by mail will result in
disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. There is no
substitution for the Grand Prize except due to unavailability, in which
case a prize of equal or greater value at the discretion of the sponsor,
will be awarded. Prizes are not transferable, assignable or redeemable
for cash. All Federal, state and local taxes are the responsibility of
the winner. If selected as a tentative winner, the winner agrees (accept
where prohibited) to allow to use the winners name, likeness, entry
content, biographical data and statements for advertising and publicity
purposes without additional compensation.

PRIZES: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A four day/three night trip for two to
Redmond, Washington to meet Bill Gates, founder and CEO of Microsoft
Corporation. Amenities include round-trip air (coach) transportation
from major gateway city closest to winners home, deluxe hotel
accommodations (double occupancy), four (4) days Rental Car (driver must
meet all minimum qualifications set forth by Rental Car company and
purchase or show proof of insurance), $1,000.00 spending money (a.r.v.

Employees and their immediate families of Microsoft Corporation, World
Wide Web access companies, their affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors
and retailers, advertising and promotion agencies and L.A. PROMO are not
eligible. If the Grand Prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded in
the name of their parent or legal guardian who must also accompany minor
on trip.

All Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree
that Sponsor and judges of this promotion shall not be liable for
injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance or use of a
Prize or parts thereof.

Microsoft has no liability for technical or computer malfunctions and it
reserves the right to cancel this promotion in the event of any viral

For a printed version of the Official Rules, send a hand-written,
self-addressed, stamped #10 business envelope to: MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95
FUTURE OF COMPUTING RULES, P.O. Box 1746, Ojai, CA 93024-1746. Residents
of WA, VT and NE need not include return postage. A confirmed list of
prize winners will be available on Microsofts web site and available by
mail (after 11/29/96) by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 business
Box 1802, Ojai, CA 93024-1802.