The company has been taken over by 5 former employees, including myself and the former CEO. We're going to continue focusing on search engine and dialogue robot technology, hoping that the future will look more bright.
I havent finished "The Satanic Verses" yet, because I've been pretty busy planning my new work situation. It's also a pretty tough read, so I have taken some temporary leave, reading Flashman. Now that's good entertainment :-)
I have been reading more .net documentation, and have also been looking at C#. I think that the entire platform will do lots of good for Windows development. I also find the Mono project interesting - it would be cool to get platform independence almost for free, when writing .net framework apps.