All About...(well, not all...)
...Michael Kaplan, President
Yes, I am a former "Most Valued Professional"
.... or does it mean Most Vociferous Punk? :-)
They were both probably true. I used to spend a lot of time in the Compuserve MSACCESS
forum when Microsoft sponsored it, and I still spend a lot of time in the Access/VB
newsgroups. But I was doing a lot of consulting work for Microsoft and I had someone
from PSS complain about what they thought was a potential NDA violation one time too
many. So I had to choose between the paid Microsoft work or the unpaid MVP work. I quit
being an MVP that very day! To my knowledge, I am the first person to ever successfully
resign (Mike Gunderloy had tried previously but gave up). I like the sound of "former
MVP" much better, anyway, sounds like "fallen angel" or somesuch!
In various minor ways, I contributed to some excellent books on VB, VBA and Access (95, 97 and 2000).
Some less than others. :-) All are worth checking out:
I am also a contributor to a number of newsletters and publications:
and I have done work on a Special Report on Jet/Access Replication.
You may also find something useful in a variety of articles I have posted to
One frequently asked question has been how do you pronounce "Trigeminal" anyway? See the top of
this very page for that tidbit!
Okay, the next frequently asked question would be what does "Trigeminal" mean? The trigeminal
nerve is a nerve in the face. It handles sensation to the forehead, the cheek, and the jaw. In a
past life I worked in a neurologist's office, and my first few development contracts were software
programs for them and other practices. I just kind of went with something medical. It makes for
an interesting conversation piece now. Besides, the forehead, cheek, and jaw are often involved
in software development--headaches, humor, and clenched teeth.
Yet another question I am frequently asked, especially by people who see me in the newsgroups,
is why am I so angry all the time? The truth is that I am not all that angry. I think that the
reason I am not angry is because I do not leave frustrations bottled up inside of me, I let them
right out. That and my passion for my work is often mistook as anger. In person, I can be a real
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