A lot of people have asked how my first few days went at Microsoft, so I thought I'd write a bit about my experience.
The first 6 hours of the day were spent in New Employee Orientation. This whole process runs like a well-oiled machine. I imagine with the amount of hiring that goes on at Microsoft, it ought to be an efficient process. I was in a class of about 90 other people, although they admitted it was a fairly large group of new hires.
There were several stations for filling out various f... [More]
Here's a surprise: Many Microsoft Visual Basic MVPs are upset about the lack of further development of VB6 (ie, not VB.NET). In fact, many have signed a petition (here).
I don't mean this disrespectfully, but: let it die. I don't say this is a smug anti-VB person -- I love VB6, and have used it extensively. However, I just don't see why Microsoft should regress and support VB as the petition recommends. Let me explain by addressing the points in the petition:
1. Preservation of assets
This is main r... [More]
The title here is a bit esoteric and doesn't describe the contents in this post: We recently got back from our Vegas trip, and it was a blast! This has been our third trip to Sin City, so we had a pretty good game plan going in and knew where we wanted to go this time around.
This year's "King Of Queens" season started out with an episode about Doug and the boys planning a Vegas trip. Doug needed to build up credit with Carrie; while driving to pick her up one day, the site of a fudge desert caught his... [More]
The Monty Hall problem is one of the best brainteasers I've come across; it's also one of the most debated. I first ran into this problem while taking a statistics class in college. It goes something like this:
Suppose you are on a game show, similar to Let's Make a Deal. Monty Hall presents 3 doors, and asks you to select one. Behind one of the doors is a big prize; behind the other two are fake (or very low value) prizes. You select a door. Before opening your chosen door, Monty says, "Before I show you... [More]
I have a couple of weeks of down time before I start my new job at Microsoft (though I wouldn't exactly call it downtime with moving and wrapping up affairs). I'm getting really excited, but as with any new chapter in life -- particularly one that involves a career and relocation -- I have to analyze what lead me down this path. At the time, I didn't do much thinking about why I was applying elsewhere, but by updating my resume and accepting interviews, I decided my current career path was coming to a cl... [More]
If you're a developer and looking for a good lauch, you must check out this article, How to Write Unmaintainable Code. I'm going to include my favorites here:
1. Creative Misspelling
If you must use descriptive variable and function names, misspell them. By misspelling in some function and variable names, and spelling it correctly in others (such as SetPintleOpening SetPintalClosing) we effectively negate the use of grep or IDE search techniques.
2. Accented Letters
Use accented characters on variabl... [More]
In a few weeks, we'll be moving to Redmond, where I'll be pursuing a career with Microsoft as a software engineer.
After a few months of deciding my future in Sandpoint, we (the family) decided we should at least keep our options open and keep my eye on the job market. This is probably sound advice all the time, but it's a mentally draining process.
I'm an avid reader of the Moon Gals' blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog) and back in early December, they posted about the need for software engineers (ht... [More]
Over the years I've done a fair share of interviewing candidates; most of the time I deal with mainly the technical aspects instead of the soft skills, so by the time I get to see a candidate, they've already passed the initial phases. Recently, though, I also received a cover letter from a candidate.
The age-old warning from professional HR types is: make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Kind of obvious, isn't it? Well, the cover letter I received is a veritable gold mine of ... [More]
I've been playing some online games recently -- sometimes with friends, sometimes joining public servers on the internet. I've played online games on and off for a long time (since Doom), and a few words are often mispronounced so I thought I'd help clarify the scene.
1. Mispronunciation of the word "gib."
Just like "GIF" (the file format) is pronounced with a soft "g" (as jif), gib is pronounced to sound like "jib." Before I get flamed on either, it's often acceptable to use either pronounciation on... [More]
For the past week we've been seeing snowcaps on the mountaintops here in Sandpoint. We decided to drive up and take some picutres. I know that come February I'll be dying for some warm weather, but it's great to see the snow and look forward to the mountain opening!
Savannah was just as excited to play in the snow, and tromped around forever, as you can see in the picture above. These pictures were both taken in Schweitzer village, about 12 miles from our house -- most of that is up a windy 3500 foot as... [More]