For the past few months, Comcast has been sending me emails, postal mails, and at one point, even having an automated system call me to inform me about the impending DVR upgrade. I was excited: one of the promised fixes as part of the update was the “DVR hangs while fast forwarding” bug, which was […]
It’s been a long time since I posted, so I figured I’d de-lurk and mention that we just shipped Windows Desktop Search 3.01 to the world today. Brandon has many of the details, but the short release notes include built-in support for indexing networked volumes, more group policy support, and a smorgasbord of bug fixes. […]
Back at Mudd, I paid $10 or $15 and waited in line for an hour to get a flu shot. Here at Microsoft, I paid $5 and waited for one person in front of me to get their shot. Total time, including getting from my office to the room they were doing the shots: 5 […]
Next week I’m going to be required to fill out an online survey about my commute methods for this week. It’s a legal requirement that Microsoft has to do, and I got randomly selected. I wonder if they will have a “I unicycled to work” option. Probably not. That’s gonna be fun to explain.
This weekend I decided to take advantage of one of my fringe benefits at Microsoft for the first time: a free membership to the Pro Sports Club. This place is a little odd in that it’s basically an extension of Microsoft-land. It’s right on the outskirts of the main campus in Redmond, and given that […]
After coming back from lunch today, I (along with the rest of my group) discovered that our network connection was down. No web, no email, no access to the source code repositories. One of us called the helpdesk, and said that they’re working on it and that they’ll send an email when it’s done. That’s […]
My building has a room for taking a nap. Complete with disposable sheets.
I just wrote my first bit of code here at Microsoft. Just a simple code cleanup, but after 3 full weeks of reading and learning about programming for Windows, I’m glad I’m finally getting to do something other than sit in a corner and read. :-) Things are settling down both here and at home, […]
According to Streets and Trips, my temporary housing assignment is 262 yards away from work. I think I’ll walk.
I have to wake up at 5am tomorrow to make it out of the hotel and into the Washington wilderness (where there’s no wireless, only 3 phone lines, and spotty cell phone reception!), so forgive me for the brevity of this post. Today, Seattle was nicer than San Diego – I took off into the […]
Tomorrow morning I’m headed up to Seattle for a 3-day retreat with the NetGen team. During that time I get to meet most of my future coworkers (and, oddly enough, my boss – who hired me sight unseen based on my coworker’s interviews with me!) and discuss what’s up next in the NetGen group. 3° […]
So I decided to work for Microsoft. This comes as quite a surprise to me, for a few reasons: I love San Diego, and really don’t want to live elsewhere. I’m a Linux zealot. I’ve personally converted a handful of people to Debian from both Windows and other Linux distributions. Why the change? Am I […]