Entering geek territory or exiting geek territory? That’s the question…


migbipngAfter 12 years in support I decided to lift my head above the WinDbg window and take a look at what the rest of the world has to offer…

In fact, I decided not only to have a look but take a long long jump to the other end of the software spectrum, miles away from “My ASP.NET app hangs” to the world of “This new stuff that will be released in 2014 is soooo cool I’m gonna die”, and believe me, it’s a scary leapLer

For the next two months I’ll be working in a team at Microsoft called DPE (Developer Evangelism), looking at what’s next in Web, Phone, Kinect, HTML5, you name it, still doing what I love most though, which is making people excited about technology and talking about what I learn along the way.

Just to explain how far away from my “day job” this is, I’ll share what my first assigment was…  my first task in this new role was to design a character for this site we are starting up http://www.migbi.se with all swedish content for people getting started with app and web development.

Several people have said, ooooh so you are going to join the geeks nowLer  Am I?  I thought it couldn’t get more geeky than spending your days in WinDbg, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…

What does this mean for the blog?

To be honest I don’t know… It’s been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to take care of the blog as much as I should have, but I think it means that you will be seeing a lot more varied content here.

I am too inlove with WinDbg and debugging to stop it alltogether, and the plan is for this stint to be temporary, but it might mean that I’ll lean more towards showing stuff that I work on in my current role for a while… hope you don’t mindLer 

Have a great weekend all,


Comments (23)

  1. Ray says:

    Thanks for all the WinDbg tips to date; I do hope we get to see more.

    But definitely have fun in your new role. They're lucky to get you. And a change of pace now and then is a wonderful thing.

  2. Eber Irigoyen says:

    As long as it makes you happy, congratulations, I have learned tons from your blog

  3. Harpreet Singh Khandiyal says:

    Your blogs were a great source of information for me, specially when it came to troubleshooting IIS.

    Best of luck for your new Role.

    Hope to see some more content (as and when possible)  🙂

  4. Nariman says:

    Who's going to try and fill your shoes? The role is so desperately needed, the WinDbg terrains demand a shepherd!

  5. Gregor Suttie says:

    Aww good new and bad – good luck with the new role , youve just moved into what would be my ideal job.

  6. Rich says:

    Finally, a word from Tess!  I've been waiting to read the next installment of your blog for several months.  Now I know why the silence.  

    Best wishes for you in your new endeavor.  Still hope to see the occasional debug blog entry (you need to keep the blade sharp, eh?)

  7. Tess says:

    Thanks for the support:). Yeah will definitely "need to keep the blade sharp" so i'm hoping i'll still be doing some debugging

  8. Jonathan van de Veen says:

    It's always good to do something you're not completely comfortable with as you dive in. This helps you to keep learning new things.

    I'm curious to see what you'll be doing in the near future.

  9. Renaud Martinon says:

    If your debugging content is no longer coming, you will be sorely missed.

    In any case, wishing you a lot of luck with your new role. Hope you enjoy it and have fun doing it.

  10. Marc Sherman says:

    Thanks for all your excellent debugging posts and congratulations on your new role!

  11. kohku says:

    Changes are always good. Best wishes for you in your new endeavor.

  12. Henk de Koning says:

    Congrats. A lot of good people seem to join DPE lately (which is good for us BTW)

  13. vve@gmx.de says:

    All the best wishes!!!

    I learned a lot from you and your blog is big source of help drilling down difficult problems.



  14. Vladimir says:

    Tess, thanks a lot for your blog! I've learned a lot of things and solved a lot of problems with your help!

    Good luck in your new position!

    I'll stay subscribed, what if you'll change your mind 😉

  15. Eric says:

    🙁 Sorry to see you go.  I've appreciated your debugging tips and tricks over the years.  Thanks!  (and good luck too!)

  16. Luc says:

    We will miss you

  17. Stuart Thompson says:

    Best of luck in your new role. It's always good to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You'll always be a true geek to us.

  18. Nicolas Dietrich (ex-nicd) says:

    Hey Tess that's a great news for you. Enjoy your DPE role and keep posting a bit on your blog!



  19. Petter says:

    Good luck!

    This is one of the best blogs in my pretty long list. Please keep the content online, the information condensed here is very hard to find anywhere else.

  20. mgrzeg says:

    Who's gonna fill this gap – your blog url is present in most ppts regarding WinDbg! 🙂

  21. Richard Turner says:

    Only just saw this news! If you have half the success you've had with WinDBG, you'll enjoy superstar status in the world of mobile & Kinect etc. Welcome to the future! 😉

  22. Luc Geurts says:

    Good luck Tess on your voyage in the unknown, Luc.

  23. well if you leave the dark side of windbg for the pop world of html and stuff you definitly exit the geek side !

    but for me you still the real geek goddess !

    it's ppl like you who made me play with windbg ( and got certified sysinternals too 🙂 to this day i'm a PRO windbg user and i propagate the love of windbg on irc since o/

    but whatever you do.

    you still a icon for all of us