Relocating on Two Fronts

I’m relocating on two fronts: 1.    I’m relocating to China in early May to work as part of the Engineering Excellence (EE) team in Microsoft China.  This is a temporary move, but will likely last over a year. 2.    I’m relocating this blog to my own domain.  From here on out, my blog entries will…

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You Down With H-1B? (No, you must NOT know me…)

Much hubbub has been aired about H-1B visas in the technology world.  In a blog post I wrote more than three years ago, I argued that our jobs are going to India.  That’s even truer today, thanks to government-imposed limits on the number of H-1B visas that can be issued in any year. I’m frankly…

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Top 7 Microsoft Employee Bungles Using Office

In the tradition of keeping to about one blog post per year, I finally had an opportunity to author a column for Office Online.  It’s all about the struggles that I’ve seen Microsoft employees experience with Office.  Here it is:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102255591033.aspx?pid=CH102264241033 The (in my humble opinion) far funnier version of the article needed to be…

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Corporate Blogs — Gradations of Value?

First, let me say once again, there has been no corporate pressure whatsoever to cut short my previous posting (Broken Windows Theory).  Nobody has said, or even implied, that I need to change anything about what I said.  So conspiracy theorists, please rest assured that The Man is not out there monitoring and censoring the…

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Broken Windows Theory

Vista.  The term stirs the imagination to conceive of beautiful possibilities just around the corner.  And “just around the corner” is what Windows Vista has been, and has remained, for the past two years.  In this time, Vista has suffered a series of high-profile delays, including most recently the announcement that it would be delayed…

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Red Rain

Tuesday morning, 9:00 AM.  It’s sunny in the flat outskirts of San Antonio.  Wisps of summer’s residual heat serve as reminders that it is, after all, only September.  A child cries loudly on the tarmac.  Strangers – stand, sit, stroll, play – blithely near the child.  Not to worry:  surely its mother is at hand….

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

[An article a year ain’t bad, I suppose.  After being Slashdotted on Show Me the Money and having several reporters call my home based on Brin and Bear It, it looked like a good time to take a breather.  But I’m back, this time with a gripe.] It’s become very hard at Microsoft to find…

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Brin and Bear It

I attended the same high school as Sergey Brin, co-founder of a verb called “Google.”  Sergey dropped out in 1990, the year I started at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  By all accounts, he was extremely bright.  But from the little I’ve heard of him via direct anonymous sources (*cough* former-math-teacher *cough*), he was quite cocky…

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The End of an Era

Software developers, I’ve got one word for you:  www.yourjobisgoingtoindia.com. That’s right.  Your job is going to India, princess.  Anyone who tells you different is trying to sell you something.   Peek-a-Boo It’s a fascinating thing to watch children grow up.  There are stages in life where their ignorance is an amusing reminder of our own. …

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Recruiting.com

I’m constantly drawn back to the heady dot-com days at Microsoft.  Not only because team meetings flowed freely with Dove Bars and Frappuccinos.  But because the heady days created a fundamental shift in the culture at Microsoft — a shift we may never fully recover from. Above all else, the heady dot-com days decimated the talent…

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