May, 2009

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    dix-huit ans aujourd'hui = 18 pounds!

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    1991 was a big year for me.

    I got married.

    I bought a house.

    My first child was born

    AND

    I joined Microsoft on May 20, 1991

    Today marks my 18th year anniversary at Microsoft.

    They say 18 is the age of maturity, and Wikipedia lists some great age 18 milestones! I wont list them here, but you can guess where I’m going….

    One fact about 18 which I really love is that 18, aside from 0, is the only number that equals twice the sum of its decimal digits – cool huh?.

    Today I am following in the Microsoft tradition which dictates that I bring in a pound of M&Ms for each year that I’ve been an employee.

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    Yes, that’s a lot of M&M’s!! (over 8KG for you metric folks)

    As I have done for the past few years (17, 16. 15, 14, 13), time to reflect a bit on my time at Microsoft. Yes, I still love the job.

    The resume hasn’t changed that much over the year, apart from a title adjustment

    May 1991 Sep 1993 Microsoft Canberra, working as a Systems Engineer
    Sep 1993 Aug 1994 Microsoft Corp, @ Executive Briefing Center
    Aug 1994 Oct 1995 Microsoft Corp, in the Advanced Technology Group, working on Interactive TV
    Nov 1995 May 1997 Microsoft Australia, MSN Technical Director
    Jun 1997 Jun 1999 ninemsn CTO
    Jun 1999 May 2001 Microsoft Region, Digital Media dude
    May 2001 Aug 2007 Microsoft Australia, Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE)
    Aug 2007 Current Microsoft Corp, Director – DPE Field Community & Readiness

    I’m leading a team of great guys and we are focusing on helping the DPE folks around the world, who do the real work, day in and day out. I do miss the customer interaction bit, getting up on stage, doing the press interviews.

    My guys are on twitter (as am I, @frankarr) so why not follow the exploits of @orco & @jldavid too !!

    Ok, time to share those M&Ms

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Sydney May23rd - "Windows Presentation Foundation" Community Workshop and Bushfire Appeal

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    My old team back in Australia continues to do *great* stuff.

    One of the cool things they have been doing is the WPF Community Workshop and Bushfire Appeal.

    A workshop will be held in Sydney on May 23rd, and it looks like there’s still space available.

    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn stuff and help a good cause by raising close to $23,000 for the Red Cross "Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009".

    Kudos to you, dglover!

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