A Conference in the Napa Valley

Microsoft sent me and some other software architects (that’s a job title) to a resort in the Napa Valley. I’ll discuss the meeting in my professional blog, but I’ll talk abut the trip here. The Napa valley is in the heart of the California wine country, and the wineries compete with each other in [...]

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An Architects’ Meeting

MicroSoft sent the Developer Division software architects to a meeting in the Napa Valley. I’ve described the resort in a personal blog entry. This entry is to talk about the professional aspects.

Sun used to send the senior technical people on technical conferences, and they ranged from great to deadly. This one was pretty much [...]

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Stop, Pay Troll

Here’s one of the items I had saved up. This one is from my trip to Seattle a couple of months ago. This troll hides under one of the local bridges, not too far from Ivar’s Salmon House, another local institution. I forgot my camera that trip, by the way. The photo is courtesy [...]

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Back on line

Well, I’m back on line in the Bay Area. I just got cable internet access installed in my apartment. It will probably take me a little while to get caught up on the various details. For example, I don’t have a printer, and I’m still in the process of setting up remote access to MicroSoft. [...]

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The State of the Airport

Today I flew up to Redmond to meet with my peers at MicroSoft. The boarding pass, when I printed it out, said to be sure to arrive two hours early. Sooo… At great expense in terms of sleep, I got to the airport at 4:30 for my 6:30 flight. So did a lot of other [...]

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What an Introduction to California

My brother Charlie and his wife Donna came out to visit us in San Diego last week. It started out well, with the usual trips around the coast and mountains. We were trying to get a glimpse of the recent burn, but never did. Then, while Charlie and Donna took in Balboa Park and the [...]

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New Job

I’m now officially a MicroSoft employee, having gone through their new employee orientation course. Interestingly, it took a little over two hours to do in Silicon Valley. Had I been in Redmond, I understand that it would have taken a day and a half. In my estimation it had about 15 minutes of useful content, [...]

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Another step along the way

This last week we went up to the Bay Area, both to do a final debrief at Sun and to locate temporary quarters to ease our move. Surprisingly, we accomplished both earlier than we expected, and were able to come home on Thursday.

We found a nice three-bedroom apartment, and we expect to move [...]

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Moving on

It’s all signed and sealed, and I’ve called most of my colleagues whom I wanted to inform personally.

I just accepted an offer from MicroSoft to work for them in the Bay Area. They are starting a new operation there with a focus on multi-threading compilers and tools, and it seems like it’s just made [...]

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An Architectural Jewel Box

On Sunday, Flo and I took a trip by ourselves down to Southern Indiana and visited a town named Columbus. I never expected what I found. This small town has, over the years, built up the most wonderful collection of architecture that I’ve seen. It seems that whenever they wanted to build a public [...]

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