I am a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) supporting the Windows Platform. One thing I have have discovered since joining Microsoft is that there is more technical information and shared knowledge in this company than a person can absorb in a lifetime. Information overload is an every day occurence.
So how does a person deal with it? What I have learned is not to try and memorize and learn everything. Instead develop a system for organizing the information so that you can find it when you need it. The tools I use are my laptop, my bookmarks, cloud storage on SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro, Outlook Tasks, Outlook Journal, and my mobile phone running Windows Phone 8 (Nokia 822 Verizon) and now this blog.
One of the challenges I face is that I have a couple of customers do not allow you to bring anything into there building except a pen and tablet of paper. Now what? No phone, no laptop no nothing! My whole information retreival strategy undone for the sake of security!
Ideally I can at least get onto the Internet to retrieve technical information but I'm back to zero with a big unstructured mess to search through. Enter this blog. I created this blog as a place to keep a collection of technical information that is either hard to find or created/organized by me for use in the field. I will also share stories about life in the field as well as news and tips.
If you have happened upon my site - "Welcome". It won't be the most interesting blog out there but you might find a few useful tidbits. Feel free to comment.
One other thing you may have noticed is the word "Muaddib" that is part of my blog's address. Most people that have created a blog here at MSDN have chosen to use their email alias as part of the address. I have not. Years of abuse by spammers on the Internet has taught me to be extremely cautious when it comes revealing an email address. If you want to contact me use the "Email" in the left navbar. If you are a science fiction fan you might recognize the name "Muaddib" from the Frank Herbert book DUNE. Muaddib is the nicknmae Paul Atreides gives himself in the movie and a nickname a friend of mine gave me a few years ago... and it is easier to spell than "Kwisatz Haderach" ;-)
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