By , September 18, 2009 12:07 am

I have worked at Microsoft for just under 14 years.  Till now, I have unfailingly been a Microsoft bigot — partly because I am a shareholder and my compensation depends on it but also because I always believed in the company.  For the vast majority of my career (and even before I worked at Microsoft), I believed that Microsoft was changing the world for the better.  This was particularly true with my first group at MS: the SQL Server team.  This team of awe-inspiring individuals took an esoteric technology that used to be the sole domain of lab-coated rocket scientists and made it accessible to millions upon millions of people and businesses.  That team did nothing less than democratize relational database technology (really enterprise software technology) in a way that was previously unimaginable.  That sort of work, while driving a shitload of revenue, had more than its share of nobility.  And because of that sense of mission, I never found it tough or illogical to be a Microsoft bigot.

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Frankfurt Auto Show

By , September 17, 2009 11:07 pm

This is a new post about the Frankfurt Auto Show.  There were a ton of amazing cars at this show.  Apparently, they have been waiting in queue until the economy turned around – so this show was especially spectacular.

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Red Bull Air Race

By , September 16, 2009 3:24 pm

This video is of the Red  Bull Air Race from Budapest, Hungary.  This is truly one of the coolest sports on the planet.  I am in awe of the technology that is at work here as well as the skill of the pilots.  These guys are doing things that I could never imagine could be done with an airplane.  And they are doing it so close to ground – there is so little margin for error.  The mind-blowing thing about this particular race venue (this the 4th out of 6 races this year) is the pilots start the race by flying under a bridge!!!  That is insane!!!  And insanely cool!!!

(Note:  make sure you play the video full-screen.  I have made sure the video is plays at it’s highest quality – which, frankly, is breathtaking.)

Mt. Rainier

By , September 12, 2009 9:47 pm
Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

This is the first photo I have posted to my blog.  I love this photo of Mt. Rainier.  I took it from the side of the road just outside of Enumclaw.  I was on my way to Crystal Mountain to go skiing in early March – and I just happened to have my camera gear in the car with me.

Hello world!

By , September 11, 2009 10:52 pm

Welcome to my personal blog.  As a Facebook junkie, I shyed away from setting up a separate blog thinking it would hinder my enjoyment of Facebook.  I’m past that fear and now excited about the opportunity to share my thoughts in a more detailed fashion and with more control over the medium.  Hopefully, this will be a fulfilling and valuable experiment!   Enjoy!!!

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