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Life at Microsoft

December, 2004

  • What does a Program Manager do?

    Yesterday and today I am in training called "Engineering Excellence for New Program Managers". It has been very informative so far. It was interesting that we spent almost the entire first day talking about the PM job description. One of the hardest things...
  • Last post of the year

    This is my last post this year, and as such it is a good time to reflect on the last roughly two months at Microsoft. Here's what I've learned so far: Relationships are extremely important, and you should never burn any bridges. People move around here...
  • Giant AntiSpyware (Good) and XoftSpy (No comment)

    Some of the conversation I heard around here is that Giant AntiSpyware is good stuff and is well recommended. So, I thought I'd give it a try on my home PC. Of course the first thing I did was Google "Giant Spyware", and up comes a web site that says...
  • Popcorn Time at Microsoft

    Apparently, Friday afternoon is Popcorn Time on the south wing of the 1st floor of Building 18 at Microsoft! Generally, someone seems to fire up the popcorn popper (picture one of those big machines from the movie theater and you'll have the idea) every...
  • How worried are you about Spyware?

    Everyone seems to be talking about Spyware these days. I’d like to know how big a problem Spyware is for readers of this blog. Is Spyware a top 3 concern of yours?
  • Another thing to love about working at Microsoft

    Today I went to a lecture by Dan Gillmor, author of Dan Gillmor's eJournal . Dan is no fan of Microsoft, but apparently does have the same opinion of the folks in Microsoft Research as he does of some of the management of the company as a whole. This...
  • MSN Spaces (Blog Hosting) Beta

    There is a huge amount of excitement in the internal MS blogging community as MSN has launched a beta of its MSN Spaces site. This is a blog hosting site that seems to have a lot of cool features, such as image hosting, blogging via email, and so on....
  • Comcast DVR box gets MS Logo

    I just noticed today that on my Comcast DVR box, when you go to the My DVR menu, there is a little Microsoft TV logo up in the right top corner of the screen. I think this is new, because I had heard that they had done no Microsoft branding on the box...
  • Regulatory Compliance Question

    During my career, I have been on three sides of the SOX issue: At Ernst & Young I was worried about how to audit for SOX compliance At my previous employer I was an application owner that had to fill out the SOX compliance questionnaires and ensure...
  • Blogging your job search

    When I first decided I wanted to land a job at Microsoft, I decided that I would blog my job search. I knew that I was interested in knowing a) how to get a job at Microsoft, and 2) what the interview process was like. I figured there were other people...
  • My project gets underway

    Over the past two weeks, my group has been trying to make a decision as to what my project was going to focus on. As a reminder, my group writes security guidance documents for use by Microsoft customers of all sizes. Anyway, for about two weeks, I was...
  • Feedback Requested

    There is a debate raging inside Microsoft, and I'd like to get some feedback from our customers. Currently, Microsoft makes a great deal of guidance available to its customers via its web site. Some of this content can be downloaded anonymously, but some...
  • Holiday Parties

    It is holiday party time at Microsoft. I went to a party at the house of my team leader on Saturday. It was really nice, and my wife and I had a great time. It’s nice to have coworkers that you like, not just have to work with. On Thursday, my overall...
  • A suggestion for online social networkers

    I was contacted by someone who is a vendor to Microsoft about connecting on LinkedIn . I'm sure this guy is a good guy, and would be happy to link up with him. However, I think it dilutes the power of the network to link to just anyone, so I suggested...
  • Another Microsoft blogging milestone

    Well, that's two milestones out of the way: I've already been linked to by Robert Scoble ( http://scoble.weblogs.com ), and now I've gotten linked to by the Moon Gals, Gretchen and Zoe( http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog )! I'm on a roll, baby!
  • My first Microsoft CXO Sighting

    Today I was at the Pro Club in Bellevue, a gym to which almost everyone at Microsoft belongs. I arrived at around 7:15am and as I walked into the locker room I saw Steve Ballmer (or someone that looks remarkably like him!) pulling on his pants! In case...
  • Networking and headhunting

    I haven't posted on networking in a while, so I thought I'd get something up here on that topic. When I was job hunting about 2 years ago, I posted my resume on Hotjobs and Monster (as one would expect). When I was considering options outside of my previous...
  • Microsoft acquires Giant Company

    Wow, I post about Giant AntiSpyware being a good product and Microsoft turns around and buys them two days later! I didn't realize that I was so influential! Here's a link with the announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/dec04/12-16GIANTPR...