Inadvertently creating dress-like-Steve day


Even if you haven’t been paying much attention, you may have noticed that Steve Sinofsky has developed a bit of a uniform for himself. You can pretty much count on him wearing a T-shirt with a V-neck sweater. (There appears to be some sort of alphabetic theme there, but I’m not going to check if he’s also wearing a G-string.)

Some time ago, I realized as I was heading in to work that for the second day in a row, I happened to be wearing the Steve Sinofsky uniform. Was I subconsciously mirroring the boss?

As fate would have it, later that morning, I happened to run into Steve as we both headed from one building to the next. I remarked on my accidental fashion choice and emphasized that I wasn’t trying to stalk him or anything. Steve quipped, “Funny you should say that. Just this morning, I was thinking of wearing a suit.”

Bonus chatter: As we reached our destination, I opened the door to let Steve into the building. Steve declined. “I have to let myself into the building. The security folks track my access key, and if they see anything unusual, like if I beep into a building without having beeped out of the previous building, they call my cell phone to confirm my whereabouts and to verify that my access key hasn’t been stolen.”

Comments (14)
  1. G-strings and beeping. So many euphemisms.

  2. Jim says:

    I have seen some of the brutal companies using the beeping thing to track their employees. Some of the tele-marketing companies even have their restrooms locked with electronics. But this is first time I have heard reason of security.

  3. Dave Oldcorn says:

    The last point about logging in and out reminds me how frustrated I used to get with the reused-more-than-once Star Trek:TNG episodes when someone mysteriously disappeared.

    There was always a conversation with the computer that went "Where is X?" "X is not on the Enterprise." Nobody ever thought to scream at the computer "So, how did he leave, and if it wasn't by some approved method, like transporting down to a planet or on a shuttlecraft, WHY DIDN'T YOU THINK IT WAS WORTH MENTIONING TO US?"

    Nice to see that in real life, the system isn't quite that stupid.

  4. John says:

    I'm more of a C-string man myself, though it makes searching for documentation on the CString class (or just plain old C strings) a bit awkward.

  5. I'm sure a Windows guy would be wearing an LPCSTR, or an LPWSTR to be trendy. (LPTSTR would probably be more the metrosexual look.)

  6. stoneyowl says:

    @Jim: This is a common practice in heavily secured military locations – no 'tag alongs', swipe your own card/ID/fingerprint

  7. Destroyer says:

    Makes sense for both company security and security of employees… I suppose.

    Anyway, back to the story, I think it is more likely Steve was stalking Raymond ;-)

  8. bhind says:

    In the case of Japan, "Gパン"("G-pants" means jeans) instead of G-string.

  9. Dylan says:

    I know you pre-record a lot of this stuff, but didn't Sinofsky depart Microsoft permanently last year some time? So you can relax in that department, anyway.

  10. Joker_vD says:

    @stoneyowl: And there is also a guard at the entrance, who checks that the person entered is the one who owns the beeped card. He also sort things out with guest passes and cases when an emploeyer forgot his card.

    Well, my company uses those card primarily to track the time one spends at the work. If you shows up late, or leaves early, or misses a day, it's all in the logs.

  11. Out of the loop says:

    I had to google Steve Sinofsky to see who the heck Raymond was talking about.

  12. Maurits says:

    Nobody ever thought to scream at the computer "So, how did he leave, and if it wasn't by some approved method, like transporting down to a planet or on a shuttlecraft, WHY DIDN'T YOU THINK IT WAS WORTH MENTIONING TO US?"

    Privacy.

  13. Ganesh says:

    Hasn't Steve Sinofsky left Microsoft?

  14. SteveSi has bleeped out of the building.

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