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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Say it isn't so Chris? - [7:20 AM]

Chris Sells: "I put my house in Beaverton, OR on the market today. Please buy it. Thank you." - Did Microsoft finally pressure Chris Sells into moving to Redmond, or is he just ready for a change? I'm guessing the new group he went to work for can't live without him in Redmond on a daily basis. If that's the case, I'm sorry to hear you caved Chris.
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What does the Fahrni name mean? - [7:07 AM]


"Swiss German: perhaps a variant of Farni, a topographic name for someone who lived in an area with ferns, from Middle High German varn."

So there you have it, we're the fern people. Smile, life is good!
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Friday, July 29, 2005

Movie line of the week answer - [12:42 PM]

Good afternoon, I'm late in announcing the winner of yesterday's line; my day job held me up this morning.

In the end it came down to, drum roll please, Moose who correctly guessed...

Congratulations Moose! Apparently he has an Xbox, but doesn't have Halo-2, weird.

How in the world do you use a control with hoofs?

Thanks to everyone who played!

Question, would folks like to have a weekly prize? Movies, DVD's, games, etc?
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Adobe has style! - [10:26 AM]

Wow, amazing photos of Adobe's work environment.
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Movie line of the week - [10:08 AM]

And.... ACTION!Good morning Movie line faithful, all two of you!

I'm going to do something special this week. If you're the winner I'll send you a copy of Halo 2, like you haven't already picked one up, but I have a couple of extras laying around. So there's extra incentive to make a guess.

I decided on this line this morning in the gym. A friend quoted this line when I said his workout partner needed to pick up some heavier weight. Here she be...

They called me Mr. Glass.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Microsoft Recruiting - [10:03 AM]

About once a month I get an e-mail from a recruiter at Microsoft asking if I'm interested in a Software Engineering position available in the group they're scouting for. I always reply back and say I'm not currently looking, especially if it requires a move. Yesterday I actually got a reply back from the recruiter in question which stated "Gosh, I wish we did allow telecommuting, but unfortunately Microsoft doesn't at this time." I replied and informed the recruiter it wasn't a company wide policy, but decided on a group-by-group basis, and pointed to the fact that Chris Sells managed to find an open minded group that allows him to work from Portland. The recruiters reply was very interesting IMHO, and I think it speaks to the current troubles Microsoft has hiring folks. Here's the reply...

A wonderful boquet of flowers."I completely agree. It's frustrating to me that such a high tech company doesn't support working remotely better. Right now it's still a big part of our culture to have everyone here interacting - like you said, a huge cultural issue. I suspect it will change in the future out of business necessity though."

I think Microsoft will have to change in the future to compete with other great companies, E.G. Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Apple, etc, etc, etc. They'll continue to lose great people to companies that have more to offer them when it comes to not only the challenges and freedoms they're given at work, but the quality of life they're afforded outside the workplace. Microsoft will learn the lesson many others have learned, campus environments aren't the 'end-all-be-all' of creativity, they can be prisons to employees. The older you get the more you begin to understand this. Campuses will always appeal to a certain group of individuals, when I first started at Visio I wished they'd move to Bellevue or Redmond away from the city, but then my eyes opened to the wonders of being in Seattle and I though I'd found the perfect work environment. There was, of course, a better work environment for me. Working from home proved to be the best, most productive, environment I'd ever experienced. It's not for everybody however. It takes discipline to make it work, and a bit of effort on both ends, but it's not that big a deal. If you're a lazy manager it wouldn't work for you because picking up the phone is somehow more difficult than walking down the hall, but I had great managers at Visio that understood how to dial a phone and didn't mind taking advantage of the fact they had one.

One funny thing to note about Microsoft. They do most communication via e-mail anyway. They'll send e-mail to someone sitting across the hallway! Maybe it's not funny, but it's funny to me.

I'd also like to ask that folks don't take this the wrong way. Microsoft, and anyone else for that matter, can manage their company however they see fit. I just think they're missing an opportunity to hire some great people because of location, and I'm not referring to myself.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Good enough.... for the Army? - [10:20 AM]

Scripting News: "RSS 2.0 is good enough for the US Army." - Boy, I'm glad Dave chose to put a smiley face on the end of that.
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Finally finished Potter - [9:56 AM]

Harry Potter, boy wizardI knocked off the final 50 pages last night, the night before I'd intended to read only a few pages before bed and wound up reading 150, keeping me up until 1:00AM. It was an exciting read toward the end, that's all I'll share for now. If you still haven't read the Harry Potter series I can assure you it isn't 'just for children'.

Now I can start reading my favorite Potter sites again, and check out the story James linked to yesterday.

One other thing, I have a new word to use thanks to J.K. Rowling; snogging.Smile, life is good!
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Monday, July 25, 2005

Testing NewsGator... - [1:00 PM]

I've recently downloaded, and started using, the FeedDemon Beta. As part of that I've been able to install and use NewsGator for Outlook, which just so happens to have a plugin that supports posting to Blogger.

This is my first test of that plugin, let's see how it works.
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Sunday, July 24, 2005

English vs. Lawyer speak - [9:46 AM]

Scripting News: "These terms will be rewritten by a lawyer shortly." - I just about fell out of my seat when I read that. Dave's terms are easy to understand, why have someone rewrite them in lawyer-speak so we can't understand a word of it?

You gotta hand it to lawyers. They're a bunch of shysters that managed to create an entire business around the law, that they drafted. So much so that you can no longer explain things in simple terms or make agreements with a handshake, etc.

No offense to my lawyer sister-in-law, I still love you 'D', I just hope I never have need of your services. If I ever do, however, I'm sure I'll learn to adore lawyers.
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