KC Lemson

By KC Lemson [MS]

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  • Blog Post: An update on personal stuff

    Today is a big day for me. Today, I have been a mother for two entire years. Plus, by a strange coincidence, today I also have a two year old son. All day I've been playing the "Two years ago exactly, where was I..." game. Let's just say it wasn't sitting in front of a computer blogging. Here...
  • Blog Post: What's the coolest thing you ever did with the Internet?

    A few years ago, I dug up my grandmother's social security number (she passed away 15 years ago), as well as her birthdate. I told my Mom, and she was shocked because for her entire life, my grandma never told the truth about her age.
  • Blog Post: Shampoo-Banana [1]

    UIUC 's a pretty good school. I didn't get around to finishing my degree, but I have always been proud of the school's legacy: HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey was born there. A three year old girl can become (in?)famous just by pushing a button . [2] It was one of the first few nodes on ARPAnet . Some...
  • Blog Post: How to make better software for users? Here's to so-called "soft" skills and fewer jerks.

    I had a discussion with someone today who said something like "It's amazing how much of the process of software development isn't about software, it's just about communication and cross-group collaboration". My response was that "Actually that's not amazing to me - what's amazing to me is how many people...
  • Blog Post: Back on the wagon

    It was only nine months ago that I blogged about a career change , and here I am again, blogging about how I changed jobs. Normally if I saw someone skip through jobs as quickly as I've been doing in the last two years, I'd wonder about their work ethic, but I swear, every move has been a positive one...
  • Blog Post: The 20/20 program

    As I mentioned, I just started the 20/20 program at the proclub. As part of getting ready for starting the program, I went through an exam which told me such lovely statistics as my weight (eh), body fat percentage (whooo boy), flexibility (poor), strength (ditto), and all around physical health (not...
  • Blog Post: rockin' out

    Don't fault him because he hasn't five starred every song... ;-) P.S. I absolutely hate the face melters.
  • Blog Post: I might be too old for this...

    But after getting a demo of facebook today, I created a profile . For someone who's been working on communications software for the last 9 years, it's about time. There's a " Young Microsoft Employees " group, for "Microsoft employees under 30." In about 5 weeks I will be ineligible for membership...
  • Blog Post: I wish I could say I'll start posting more frequently soon...

    But that wouldn't be very realistic of me, now would it? In a few days I will have what them fancy doctor-types call "a full term baby" inside me, in addition to a full time job and a full-energy toddler. I'll be on maternity leave for November, December and January. So consider yourself warned that...
  • Blog Post: Telemarketing

    I can only assume that I sound like a 12 year old girl. Every time a telemarketer calls, they inquire as to whether or not I am a decision maker in the home and when I say yes-and-please-put-us-on-your-do-not-call-list, they pause as if they don't quite believe me. I need to insert something into my...
  • Blog Post: Apologies in advance for messing up your RSS aggregator by changing the name of my blog

    ...but the time has come. 11 years at Microsoft, all of them in the Outlook & Exchange teams, and now that's coming to an end. Next Friday will be my last day in Exchange, after which point I will be moving to the Mobile team, to be the lead PM for the photos & camera experience. Holy crud, it...
  • Blog Post: A geek's freudian slip

    At lunch the other day, someone asked me how far along I was, and I said "three weeks until RTM" without even thinking about it. Oops. I mean, I've joked along those lines before, about ha-ha it's our product named Lemson 2005 or our second "service pack", but I'd never actually used geek terminology...
  • Blog Post: Warning: Don't make your photos look *too* good

    As I mentioned a while back , we recently purchased a home studio setup. We've been using it to take pictures for a while, and I recently uploaded a bunch of them to Ofoto for printing. The day after submitting my order, I got an email telling me that they were unable to complete the order because the...
  • Blog Post: It's live...

    They made a bunch of updates to the "Meet people who work at Microsoft" page, and I'm on the latest update: http://members.microsoft.com/careers/mslife/meetpeople/ . I like the way mine turned out, although I did do a lot of heavy editing as the first version they had from my interview made me sound...
  • Blog Post: OK, Sean. I accept your challenge.

    Since you asked ... 130 words (currently position 1209 of 423595) When I was in college, I once broke some piece of my machine, this sweet Gateway P-100 (I chose to wait a few extra weeks until the P-100 came out, I didn't want to get that slow-arse P-90). I was on the phone with a great Gateway support...
  • Blog Post: Finally went in on a home photo studio

    David and I recently purchased a studio setup - backdrops + stand, umbrellas + stand for flashes, and a few yards of different types of cloth for the floor. This is something I've been wanting to do for ages, but we were finally motivated due to the birth of the fifth grandchild on my side of the family...
  • Blog Post: Three hundred and sixty seven days old

    Jared turned one yesterday. I am probably only a few weeks away from being the mother of a toddler. P.S. You can't tell that he spit up on his lovely sweater vest approximately 4 minutes before the above photos were taken, can you? Good, good.
  • Blog Post: We've joined the ranks of dorky parents everywhere

    Today I started a blog for my son. It's been challenging getting my family used to email and digital pictures over the last few years... now I need to get them to use RSS.
  • Blog Post: Pregnant geeks

    A few years ago I lost a lot of weight, and I found that " The Hacker's Diet " was a very useful tool for me in that process, it applied geeky skills to the weightloss process and it Just Made Sense. For example, it used moving averages to distill the trend in weightloss from a minor gain or loss in...
  • Blog Post: This seems like a fear of commitment, but I swear it's not...

    As I hinted a few weeks ago , I'm changing jobs again. My last role change was over a year ago , that's almost a record for me. My new job is being the UX Manager for the next release of Exchange. I will be leading a team of designers and researchers on the UX (User Experience) team. The UX team played...
  • Blog Post: How ego surfing changes over time

    It started out simple, really - just on dejanews, as a way of finding out what conversations I've been missing that I really should participate in. Then later as more websites sprung up, it started to become a passing fancy - who's referenced my name? Who basks in my awesomeness? Eventually the obsession...
  • Blog Post: Like a hole in the head I need this...

    When my son was 2 months old, we went to family event in Houston. Also there was his great-great-grand-aunt, who is in her 90s. We had a very entertaining conversation with her about teething: Mabel: When he starts teething, what you do is get a string and tie a little mini bagel on it and put it around...
  • Blog Post: Going offline until November

    I'll be OOF, spending Halloween with my family, and won't be blogging in that time. Jared will be a leopard. :-) See you next week.
  • Blog Post: A gem in the Microsoft art collection, and a gem of my own

    Yesterday, I stumbled across some great photographs in a building that I spend very little time in. And fortunately, the artist has the pictures up on his web site. It's a simple idea, writing messages in sand and taking pictures of them, but what I liked was the theme - five photos of encouraging phrases...
  • Blog Post: Convert DVD .VRO files to AVI

    The picture in the last post is a still from our ultrasound at 20 weeks. We also got a video (on this kind of oblong thing, they called it "VHS" but it wouldn't fit into our DVD player), which a coworker graciously converted into a DVD for me. The DVD has a .VRO file on it, and I ran across this handy...