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Hey wow, I'm famous :)

Hey wow, I'm famous :)

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Wow, what an amazing evening.

Earlier this evening, Valorie and I had the opportunity to attend my 20th anniversary dinner at the Newport Hills Golf Club (this place has the most unbelievable views of Seattle, Bellevue, and the Olympics).

We got to hang out with a bunch of other people who've been at Microsoft for 20 years, and the evening was capped by a really awesome speech by Bill (it was sort-of an interactive speach, since we kept on interrupting him to call out details of things that happened 20 years ago).  Even Valorie had a good time (it turns out that she knew more people who were there than I did :)).

And then I got home, and started reading my email, and ran across a comment indicating that Robert Scoble just posted the first part of an interview that I did for Channel 9 last month!  Now the beard behind the words gets shown in public.  Ya know, you don't really realize your habits until you see them on video.

A perfect capper on a great evening.

Edit: Larry needs a spell checker.

 

  • Nitpick: "speech" not "speach"... :)
  • Semi serious question. How do you stand that beard? My limit is about 2 days before I start going crazy.
  • Congratulations Larry.
    http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor/archives/000234.html
  • Edited out a bunch of comments from a known troll.

    And the beard? I've had it for almost 20 years now, so...
  • They stop being itchy after a couple weeks.
  • Congrats Larry :)

    Sounds like a good time, it's not everyday you get Bill giving a speech about you eh? (Even if it included other 20 year folks).

    Phil
  • There were about 20 people at the dinner, sort of "Microsoft's class of 1984" if you will.

    It was awesome seeing all these people I've not seen for years.

  • Loved the interview mate, can't wait for the rest of the series (it's already on MS Downloads, but I'm too lazy to download it ;)).
  • He's not allowed to shave off his beard. Something like 15 years ago, he shaved it off for something, and out popped his dad. I like his dad a lot, but sleeping next to him (or someone who looks like him) is not high on my list. If he shaves the beard, he sleeps on the couch until he doesn't look like his dad anymore.

    It's a pretty good incentive to keep it ;-)
  • Hey Larry,

    Congrats on 20 yrs, here is to 20 more. Dude I like your beard dont ever shave it. In a few years when nature runs its course and you retire from MS you can easily pick up gigs as Santa Claus. Anyway dude, good luck to you and thanks.
  • 20 years! I don't want to make you feel old, but it's going to be 10 years before it's even possible for me to be old enough to have worked anywhere for that long. :) Congratulations and commiserations in equal measure, I think...

    Apropos beards, I think all men should have to grow one on a trial basis. Sure, it itches for a day or two, but after that it's all good. I grew one because I have a Kirk Douglas style cleft chin that I'm not keen on, and on the odd occasion I've shaved it off (normally for a drunken bet) I've a) looked about 12 years old, and b) resembled a potato.

    Beards have some good uses -- you can stroke it to appear deep in thought (or if you grow a pointy one, you can twirl it to appear evil), it keeps your chin warm in winter, it saves a fortune on razor blades, and it also saves a couple of minutes in the morning as you don't have to shave. (And if I may lower the tone, I've been told that it adds a certain frisson when deployed near a ladies', er, intimate regions. :)

    Pogrophiles of the world unite!
  • Has anyone ever done 20 seconds at Microsoft?
  • Congrats, Larry! Any advice for us (relative)newbs?
  • Great interviews Larry, care to elaborate on that assembler bug in the DOS build that was going wrong? :)

    what would be your top 5 tips for others desiging software?
  • Ralph: The assembler bug was that given:

    ASSUME SS:SomeSeg
    Code
    ASSUME ES:SomeSeg
    Code that references a variable in SomeSeg

    The old assembler gave priority to ES, the new assembler gave priority to SS, so an ES segment override was replaced with an SS segment override. I had introduced a bug several months earlier that changed the contents of the SS register by the time that the code referencing the variable wasn't SomeSeg, so when the assembler changed, my code broke.

    We only found it by assembling the code on my machine and diffing the resulting binary.

    Sean,
    Check the 3rd video (how to succeed :))
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