May, 2010

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Blog Platform Upgraded


    Over the weekend we had an update to the blog platform used by all MSDN and Technet blogs.  

    If you want to read a bit about some of the platform improvements Sean Jenkin’s blog is a good place to start.

    If you notice any problems or want to comment on the new platform, comments welcome!

    Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Only 19


    1991 was a big year for me.

    I got married.

    I bought a house.

    My first child was born


    I joined Microsoft on May 20, 1991

    Today marks my 19th year anniversary at Microsoft.

    19 reminds me of "Only Nineteen", which a song by Aussie folk group Redgum. Not that I am comparing my job to military combat, but read into it what you want ;)  The song has a "Frankie" in the lyrics, which connected me to it.

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


    As I have done for the past few years (18, 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've been caught up in the day to day of my job recently and my blog has been gathering some dust recently - it's even prompted some emails from folks checking in on me. I'm ok. I'm doing fine. I haven't kicked a mine like Frankie did "the day that mankind kicked the moon".

    Ok, time to share those M&Ms

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