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Port 25 is a community site run my Microsoft's Open Source lab. Yep, Microsoft not only has Mac labs we have Open Source labs. Currently in the spotlight is an interview about how research into Open Source is helping Windows to communicate and interoperate with Open Source software better.
A lot of students, and a few of their teachers, think that Microsoft is all about "beating" Open Source. The fact of the matter is that in the real world people and their computers and networks have to work together. The Open Source lab is an attempt to work together. Port 25 is an attempt to help others, especially Open Source fans, understand Microsoft as well. It takes both sides to make a communication work.
A lot of people think that just because girls tend not to be as interested in the same type of computer games as boys that they are not interested in computer games. Here is an article that suggests otherwise. Norm Messa at the Seacoast School of Technology has been having computer game nights for girls that let them experiment with some "create your own game" software to get an experience of what programming is all about.
I visited Norm's classroom one night for a co-ed event. It was really a great experience for everyone. The kids were fully involved in trying new things and learning about programming. Norm's program during the school day is pretty amazing as well. I'm proud to be a member of his advisory board.
It is a shame that more girls don't get the chance to explore computer science in a safe friendly environment. I think that evening programs like Norm's and like I am sure a lot of other inspired teachers are running are a real step in the right direction.
Channel 9 has a new interview in their Women at Microsoft series. Betsy Aoki was in charge of a lot of community efforts including the blogs at this web site (blogs.msdn.com). She also ran GotDotNet for a long time. Currently she is a program manager in MSN working on Windows Live. In the interview Betsy talks about her job and how community is thought about at Microsoft.
Betsy has her own blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/betsya