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I'm getting old
Yesterday, I put the cash I received from my parents as a university graduation gift towards a dining table and chairs for my new apartment. Yes, thats right, a table and chairs. A year ago I would have burnt that cash on some new electronic toy, golf clubs, or in the lamest case put it into my investments. Everyone always wonders when one becomes an adult, 18 or 21 years of age? Today I learnt the answer is neither, but instead when one buys a table and chairs - :). Edit: Yes, I'm joking.....gotten ......

Posted On Saturday, May 21, 2005 4:46 PM

How big is it?

My friends and family sometimes ask me questions regarding the size of the MS campus in Redmond.  Finally, I have some numbers to quantify my adjectives (as of june 2004):

Land owned:

Puget Sound (Redmond, etc) - roughly 7,500,000 square feet

Grand Total:

Puget Sound (redmond campus, etc) - roughly 9,200,000 square feet (owned + leased)

 

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2005 10:17 PM

Job Offer

Today I received a job offer from Microsoft in Redmond for a full time position as a Program Manager when I graduate on their Transports and Connectivity team (core networking in Windows) - HORRAY!!!!  I don't know any specifics nor have I accepted the offer yet, but I'm really stoked! 

Posted On Friday, August 27, 2004 2:22 PM

Atleast ASP.NET is in good hands
Yesterday I had the pleasure of having dinner at the Beach Cafe. The restaurant has pretty good food, but its selling point is its lakeside location (Lake Washington). It was a .NET heavy dinner as our group was: Paul Y (VB.NET PM), Jay Roxe (VB.NET Product Manager), and Omar (ASP.NET PM) and me (Transports and Connectivity Intern PM). The dinner was a good time and I got to learn a lot about MS culture, .NET, Jay’s killer user group trips and Paul's desire to buy a boat. Even though these ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:16 AM

Where have I been
Wow it has been quite a while since my last blog. I have been very busy lately trying to wrap up projects before my intership comes to a close (2 more weeks). Over the past week I attended a couple really great tech talks at Microsoft. The first one was about the Windows Media Center OS. Unfortunately, I can’t outline what they talked about, but my advice is wait for the next release as the experience will be really hot! The second talk I attended was on the future of Xbox and wait innovations ......

Posted On Sunday, August 15, 2004 1:21 AM

Planning ahead ... if only
My big plan to add some cool features to our Imagine Cup entry using MapPoint was foiled tonight. Unfortunately, you cannot get a test account from Mappoint immediatly. Instead, you have to wait up to 2 business days for your account information. So I guess I will have to find some time down the road to add those features. For now a couple custom controls for the win forms app will have to do. Today I discovered there is a free hotspot (wireless internet access) at the starbucks in the mall near ......

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2004 8:18 PM

Sink or Swim
My MS experience so far has been very positive. No other internship/coop position has forced me to use some much of the skills I have learned in school and then some. I can't really detail my project however, I have had to learn everything from low level miniport drivers to APIs and everything in between. So far I have had my head in a book at every space moment and I still have a ton to learn. Some of the stuff I'm doing is at a lower level than I like, but it is still valuable to know so all in ......

Posted On Friday, May 28, 2004 8:11 PM

Bill G's House
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend an Interns BBQ at Bill Gates' house. Wow! Wow! Wow! I was expecting a mansion on a lakefront compound, but even my high expectations were out done by this house and property. To get to Bill's house we first took a bus to a church parking lot where we were greeted by members of Bill's security team who put us through the metal detects so sensitive that they would beep if you had too much iron in your blood. Okay that may have been an exaggeration for effect ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 8:44 AM

Cooliest library

This sounds very nerdy but Seattle has the coolest library every - check it out:

http://www.flasko.com/ngallery   ---- look under the seattle gallery then under the library gallery

The library has free wireless and you can buy smoothies in it.  It has become my favorite work spot!

Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2004 4:04 PM

MS Store pictures
I posted some pictures of the goodies I got at the MS store (not all are for me - fathers day presents). I also posted a picture of the tablet I got at work. Speaking of tablets I can't wait for the 2005 version of the OS. I will be very curious to see if the fixed some of the issues in the current OS - screen configuration, hand writing, apps designed for the tablet, etc. http://www.flasko.com/ngallery - look under the seattle gallery ......

Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2004 9:26 PM

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