Farewell Microsoft

After three Visual Studio releases and five and a half years with Microsoft, I’m moving back to Texas! My journey began on a mysterious new product code named “Burton”, which became Visual Studio Team System.  Those first three years with VSTS shipping “Whidbey” (VS 2005) and “Orcas” (VS 2008) were a real privilege working with…

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Hannah Wins National Poster Contest

In 2003 my 5th grade sister Hannah Joy entered the Arbor Day National Poster Contest and took 1st at State, and then went on to win 1st in the national round out of 75,000 participating schools.  At state she planted a tree on the State Capitol property with the Governor of Idaho and then was…

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Joined the Visual Studio Platform Team

In my pursuit of getting closer to the heart of our development tools, I’ve taken up a new position as a PM on the Visual Studio Platform team! Team System has been my home since I first joined Microsoft three years ago and I believe it is an amazing product that is helping making software…

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Backpacking Alaska Lake

Dawn and I went backpacking this past weekend to Alaska Lake, up the Gold Creek Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of Washington.   It was a beautiful 6 mile hike, crossing three streams, and climbing 1200 feet in the last mile on an unmaintained old trail.  There were majestic waterfalls, boulders to climb over,…

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Backpacking Lower Lena Lake

This past weekend Dad, Josiah, Dawn and I went backpacking at Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest in Washington.  It was absolutely beautiful, even though it raining lightly when we started out.  Here are some pics… J Watch a slide show to see all the photos (on flickr). We also have a tiny…

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Jan 28th – My 28th Birthday

Yup, it’s 28 yrs as of today.  Just thought it’d be fun to drop a quick note on the world that I’ve survived another year.  It’s also my grandfather’s 78th birthday, Happy Birthday Grandpa! 🙂 What’s in a Name?My Mom reminded me that when I was born, she had never personally known or knew anyone…

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I’ve Been Tagged – 5 Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by Jeff Beehler & Jim Lamb, so here’s 5 things about me you may have not known…  –1- I grew up on a small farm in Texas.  Since I was lactose intolerant, but loved cereal, we had a few goats and I milked one twice a day growing up.  At any given time we…

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Friends? You+Me+Netflix

Got a Netflix account?  Let’s be friends, and share queues / recently watched lists.  I’m always looking for good recommendations and perhaps you can find some too.  My netflix account is noah@coad.net  Please include your real full name when adding. 🙂 As a related link, awhile back I posted some of my favorite movies &…

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Music I Wrote as a Kid

When I was about 14yrs old I was playing around with MIDI on the PC, I didn’t have a piano keyboard, long before MP3s were around.  I wrote the three little tunes.  I recently came across them and thought I’d share. 🙂 Friends, my 1st, a duet for piano and violin (1min), but that’s a “trumpet” sound…

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Chris and Sharon Wed at Ren Faire

Dawn and I just visited the Texas Renaissance Festival where friends of ours, Chris Aquino & Sharon O’Brian, got married!  Dawn and Sharon have been best of friends since they were young.  It was truly a renaissance wedding and absolutely beautiful!!  Here are a few photos, use this link to see all the pics. Congratulations…

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