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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General April 2004 Entries
Offshoring and Lessons Learned
First, let's start off with my shiny new Disclaimer. Now to the meat of the story: Rory, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, has an interesting post about the offshoring of software jobs. Here's my take on the situation, seeing as I live it every day. Note: I'm using my big, broad generalizing brush here so don't get too offended, and if you get some paint on you, better take a good look in the mirror. 1. Upper management cares very little about the individual employee. The bottom line rules all, ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 10:46 AM

Longhorn Concept Videos

If you're like me (you're 6' 2“ and named Kevin). Seriously, if you're at all wondering what the fuss is with Longhorn you have to check out these Longhorn concept videos.

Wow. Just... Wow! This is a huge step foreward towords that Star Trek like computer zen of the future. Avalon looks great!

Good job Microsoft, I'm totally excited about this OS.

Totally.

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 2:21 PM

Grammer God.
One more thing that Chris Sells and I have in common... ;-) You are a GRAMMAR GOD! If your mission in life is not already topreserve the English tongue, it should be.Congratulations and thank you! How grammatically sound are you?brought to you by Quizilla ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 2:12 PM

Strength and Weakness
Gretchen from the Microsoft Jobs Blog talks about leveraging people's strengths and recognizing their weaknesses. In my opinion this is something that businesses still do not do properly. Rather than help tailor duties, schedules and processes to better suit the individuals, managers always shoot for a common ground. Unfortunately this usually turns out to be what is most cost efficient and what satisfies the execs, but rarely is it the best process for the company or the individual. Well, off to ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 8:06 AM

Testing, Testing, is this Software on???

I found this excellent blog by Gunnar Kudrjavets on software testing.

Very good information for anyone interested in testing and testing concepts.

Subscribed.

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 10:44 AM

COM+ Debugging

Hello All,

I'm in need of a good reference for debugging issues in COM+. I'm not so interested in writing the objects but I do need to support and test a product that relies heavily on COM.

Does anyone out there have any good suggestions on books that will give me good in depth information?

Posted On Monday, April 12, 2004 10:37 AM

Channel 9 is live.

Microsoft's new Channel 9 project is live. I'm totally enjoying it so far, the transparancy from Microsoft is great.

Posted On Tuesday, April 6, 2004 2:25 PM

The Bottom Line
Ben McConnell from Church of the Customer talks about Costco's treatment of their employee's compared to Wal-Mart. Typical Wall Street thinking is that Costco spends money on their workers rather than beefing up the bottom line for the investors and financial fat cats. Ben is totally right on with his analysis. The real bottom line that most businesses don't get is not what short term stock prices say, it's the employees, their satisfaction and how that is replicated in all facets of the business. ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 6, 2004 11:47 AM

Carl Franklin and Clementine
Robert Scoble points out this link to a hilarious mp3 by none other than Carl Franklin. I had to bust out some classic tv themes for my Chipis to understand those references, and she really liked it. Unfortunately these tunes have been running around my head for the past day or two. Imagine, not only having a song stuck in your head, but having 10 versions of the same song in there. I've been trying to flush it out with some really loud Spanish music. Seems to be working. [Listening to: Santa lucia ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2004 2:50 PM

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