Greetings,
"Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but SQL Server is so delightful."

Oops, I'm sorry. I should be writing an editorial, not singing my favorite Christmas carols. But now that we're on the subject . . . The holiday gift-giving season is fast upon us. It's time to finalize our wish lists. Some folks might yearn for big-ticket items such as a diamond bracelet, a $10,000 plasma TV, or perhaps the elusive PlayStation 2. But I know that you won't be satisfied with such frivolous odds and ends. Forget Etoys. You want SQL Server gifts! And the place to get them is the Microsoft SQL Server e-store.

Did you miss the Windows DNA 2000 Conference, which hosted the first large-scale, public, technical discussions about SQL Server 2000? If so, perhaps you'll enjoy the "Developer Resources DVD" of more than 50 excellent, rich-media presentations about SQL Server 2000. I have a copy, and it's an excellent resource. The DVD costs just $2.75 if you act now. But wait, there's more!

Are you jealous of peers who earn big bucks in the world of Business Intelligence (BI) or data warehousing, but you're not sure where to begin your journey to this new specialization? Are you technical but unsure about how to present BI's value proposition to your management team? The newest version of "Getting Results Update 2000" might tickle your fancy. This handy resource contains six all-new multimedia presentations and slides covering the evolution of today's BI marketplace, a competitive analysis of the players, Microsoft's vision for making BI available to everyone, demonstrations of the BI platform, exciting new solutions available through partners, and demos of 10 of the top client-side solutions.

If you have a little more time on your hands, check out "Business Intelligence Advantage—JumpStart Toolkit." This set of five CD-ROMs gives you the opportunity to "Test Yourself" and "Watch the Experts." The kit includes the "Getting Results 2-CD Mailer," the "Getting Results Preview Mini-CD," the "Business Intelligence Communities" and "Data Warehousing Framework" posters, and more! You can purchase this set of life-changing CD-ROMs for only $8.16!

And finally, the piece de resistance! What formal dining room is complete without an exquisite, limited-edition reproduction of the ever-popular SQL Server 2000 system-table poster? This fine work of art is available in packs of 25, so you can decorate every room of your house and have enough poster paper left over to wrap your holiday gifts or create a chic new holiday outfit that will be memorialized in office holiday-party folklore. You'd normally expect to pay thousands of dollars for glossy fine art of this quality, but for a limited time, you can buy 25 system-table posters for the unbelievable low price of $14.50!

So, hurry. Don't miss out on these deals, which are available only as long as supplies last. Visit Microsoft's e-store now!