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Old 04-09-2002, 10:07 PM
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Tom - haha where did you get that pic?

Danny -
thanks for filling us in on the real story

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We have strayed way off topic...back to the subject at hand - "Down with Microsoft, Long Live Amiga!!!"
It's amazing how we can go from the topic of Microsoft to running off to live like Hobbits in caves in about 5 posts

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Old 04-10-2002, 12:38 AM
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Microsoft seems to have that effect on people.
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Old 04-10-2002, 12:59 AM
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heheheh very true Greg

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Old 04-10-2002, 01:21 AM
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"Microsoft seems to have that effect on people."
Couldn't agree more.

Without a doubt it was the most testosterone driven place I ever worked in 35 years. To say the internal competition is fierce and expections are demanding would be like asking, "Gets a little hot on the sun sometimes, doesn't it?"

Considering how frustrating 'released' MSFT products can be, I had to do most of my "real work" using beta (or pre-beta) software. CTRL+S became my favorite shortcut.

Working in such an atmosphere for eight years makes a lifelong impression.

In retrospect I'm glad to have had the experience (it helped me better appreciate things in life that are really important) and I had the opportunity to work with some exceptionally talented and decent folks (not all of 'em were SOBs). But I be real glad I ain't puttin' in 60 hr weeks no more.

Futzing around with Photoshop, surfin' the net and engaging in forum chats is a heck of a lot more fun.
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Old 04-10-2002, 02:15 PM
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Considering how frustrating 'released' MSFT products can be, I had to do most of my "real work" using beta (or pre-beta) software. CTRL+S became my favorite shortcut.
That would not have been fun. while working there did you ever meet Billy Gate$ ? If so what was he actually like? I've heard all kinds of stories, but I'm never really sure what to believe.

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Old 04-10-2002, 06:57 PM
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Has Billg left the building?

For several years MSFT rented the Seattle Kingdome (until they blew it up) as a venue for the annual "all employee meeting." Bill and several other MSFT execs. would give speeches, present awards, etc.; hoopla and entertainment followed.

The closest I ever got to him, then, was about as close as you'd get to halftime entertainers at the Superbowl if you had pretty good seats on the 50-yard line... 150-200 feet perhaps.

As I was pulling out of the parking lot one day I saw him get out of a helicopter that had landed on an nearby soccar field. That's as close as I got (and close enough for me).

He comes across as pretty mellow and a little nerdy on TV interviews. I understand that in a work environment, he can get pretty riled up. 'Course you could probably say that about anyone in his position.

He must be mellowing a little, however. Just heard that he and Mrs. Gates are expecting child #3 in September or October.

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