I ran into Chad Meyers from ActiveWin when
I was at TechEd a week ago, and he hit me up for an interview.
Aside: Being in a convention in Dallas is like having a fever. You're either hot and
sweaty, or cold and shivering.
I bought a Roomba this week.
It's a $200 robotic vacuum cleaner made by a company named iRobot (wonder if Asimov's
estate gets any fee from that). Works pretty well at finding its way around the room,
though the first time we ran it, it bumped into a picture leaned up against the wall.
The second time it bumped against the wall, the picture fell, and landed on Roomba.
Roomba got stuck, and shut off.
After that, Roomba got scared and went and hid under out bed at the other end of the
Review: Well, two sessions does not a good product make, but if you're willing to
sweep the pizza boxes and cans to the side, it does a pretty good job, and it's fairly
amusing to watch. You do have to hook it up to a charger (somewhat a bummer), but
since you have to empty the container fairly often anyway, making that purely automatic
wouldn't help much. A pretty sophisticated device.
If I'm going to keep anthropomorphizing the thing, it really needs a better name.
If you have suggestions, let me know.
So, who is this Eric Gunnerson? And what will he cover here?
I'm a program manager in the Visual C# team, and I own the C# project system and our
community efforts. But I must explain what "own" means in this context. "Program Manager"
in many companies means "guy who's in charge of everything", but at Microsoft, Program
Manager means something different. Basically, PMs are the glue that holds the
I also write an MSDN C# column named "Working
with C#" (no, I didn't name it) , and I'm the author of "A
Programmer's Introduction to C#" from Apress.