Where does an IT guy from a major hotel chain stay at the PDC?


I believe it was Marc Miller who related this story to me at the PDC. He was chatting with someone whose name badge identified him as an employee from a major high-end hotel chain. Marc joked, "Well, I think it's obvious which hotel you're staying at."

"Oh no," the gentleman replied. "They won't let me stay there. Too expensive."

[Raymond is currently away; this message was pre-recorded.]

Comments (9)
  1. Moz says:

    Dogfood!

  2. jsuen says:

    Well, it’s not too surprising, since nowdays since the same companies own a wide range of brands. For example, the parent of Club Med is also runs Motel 6. Add this along to the fact that the corporate owner might be required to reemburse franchise owners for some of the expenses make it pretty reasonable.

  3. :: Wendy :: says:

    Fabulous! So do you have to code on Linux ‘cos its a cheaper cheaper (up-front purchase?

  4. ? says:

    That makes no sense at all wendy.

  5. Derek says:

    Didn’t you know, teams inside Microsoft have to buy Microsoft products RETAIL!

    Seriously, Wendy, what are you on about?

  6. Moz says:

    Interesting – on the one hand is the argument that since software costs nothing to copy, MS can use its own software for nothing. But on the other paw is the idea of intellectual property, which says that (say) the Office team should be paying the OS team for the right to use the OS. Especially after the legal settlements that make them totally separate divisions :)

    I recall that for quite some time many of Microsoft’s websites were running on the cheapest workable solution… Apache. has that changed, I wonder?

  7. MS rox! says:

    As a ms employee I have the luxury to stay at the hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk.

  8. dazla says:

    Um, I think the recollection that microsoft.com ran on apache is mistaken. it has always ran on windows… the front end to the front end load balancing is outsourced to akamai, a leading company in this area (google also uses them). therefore to some whois-type utilities it looks like apache because that is what akamai were using.

    there’s a whitepaper on ms.com giving an overview of the architecture that you might want to read to straighten out your "recollection" :-)

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