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    Mobile Phones - the most successful consumer product in history

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    In terms of sheer numbers and adoption rate that certainly seems to be the case. The latest figures are startling. Gartner reports that about 800 million phones will ship in 2005! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4459278.stm Let's think of other...
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    Chatting with some Tepper (CMU) MBA's

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    Pradeep U.N. of ping pong and SBSA notoreity arranged for me to chat with 5 Tepper students, all of whom have been selected for second round interviews here. Enjoyed chatting with them - they had a bunch of questions about interviewing, working here...
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    Windows Embedded Student ChallengE Announced

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    Just super thrilled to learn of the announcement of year 3 of the Windows Embedded Student ChallengE. ( www.windowschallenge.com ) This is a competition that I started 2 years ago and saw it grow to an internationally successful event. We touched the...
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    East side versus West side - the economic argument:-)

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    This is something that comes up so often in our discussions so is worthy of a post IMO. People live on either side of the bridge - Redmond is on the East, Seattle is on the west. Let's apply simple economic thinking (economics is after all the study...
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    Questions from an MIT/Sloan MBA

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    I got the following questions from a friend of a friend who is interviewing with Microsoft. Thought I'd post it here as well so others can read. Please note that these are just my views. From an insider’s perspective, to what extent are the skill...
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    Working in Microsoft

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    There must be a million blogs out there about this so what difference is one more going to make? Not much I guess but one of my colleagues here - Pradeep U.N. - yeah same guy who rigged the Ping Pong schedule:-) is blogging on working in the Enterprise...
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    Bldg 121 Cafe- - what a gem

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    Didn't realize that I would get as an 'unintended consequence' of this new job, proximity to Bldg 121 cafe. The menu is truly international - for someone who loves Indian / South Asian food this is the campus destination. On my first day I had chicken...
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    Ping Pong and some other thoughts

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    We had a Ping Pong tornament last week on the 3rd floor. Turned out to be a lot of fun. I won one of the brackets - My first round was with Hardeep and 'ping pong diplomacy' it wasn't (something that Pradeep contrived in the draw - will I ever forgive...
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    Moving on

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    Well it's time to say goodbye. I am moving out of this role and on to another organization within Microsoft - I will be working in our Worldwide Enterprise Services business as we help customers worldwide with improved product availability and uptime...
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    WESC Photos - Here they are- finally

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    So I have uploaded the pictures using flickr, which is a pretty cool service. They can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34128359@N00/?saved=1 Most of them don't have captions - my apologies but writing captions for 226 pictures would...
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    WESC Photos

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    I will be uploading the photos soon. Thanks for your patience.
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    Cell Phones and Torchlights

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    On my recent trip to India, I came across a cell phone that also had a torchlight on it - the context is that in India electricity generation does not keep pace with consumption so there are occasional power outages - sometimes planned (called load shedding...
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    Thomas Friedman's talk - The world is flat

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    This morning Thomas Friedman, the NY Times columnist and author of books like 'The Lexus and The Olive Tree' and 'The World is Flat' was on the Microsoft campus. He was talking about his latest book 'The World...'. Was quite interesting. He mentioned...
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    Mobile Phones in Asia

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    That is the story of the present. No other consumer product has impacted the lives of people as much as mobile phones at least in the past 25 years. I read a statistic that it is the single most successful consumer durable in the world with about 800...
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    Interesting tidbits

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    On my recent travels, I happened to take an LA - Singapore non stop flight - it was easily the longest flight I had taken - 17 hours non stop. It is offered by Singapore Airlines for which they use the Airbus A 340. It actually turned out to be quite...
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    Back at work

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    Well I'm back at work now after my travels to the orient. I spent time in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore before heading off to India on vacation. Bejing was just a short one day trip - attended MEDC where 4 of the Chinese teams that had participated...
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    Resume Guidelines

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    Thais Melo and Sue Loh have done an awesome job putting together some resume guidelines. This is to ensure that some common formats are followed when you submit resumes since conventions will vary from country to country. Here they are- **********...
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    The spirit of"Gung Ho"

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    Shaswata Jash, one of the members of Team Famous Four sent this to me (below) Thanks for the kind words Shaswata. All of us appreciate not only your great efforts but also the thoughfulness you have so amply demonstrated. **********************...
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    Thank You! Also some info that might be useful

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    Hello everyone! We all had a wonderful time meeting all of you, and seeing your projects. Thank you for your hard work! You guys really energized us with your ideas and enthusiasm. Now that you are relieved of the pressure of the competition, we...
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    Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and then a much needed break

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    After all the hectic few weeks culnminating in the great excitement around WESC, I now head off to Asia - MEDC in Beijing, foloowed by a special academic training program in Tongji University in Shanghai followed by two days in Singapore after which I...
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    Random musings from WESC

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    The WESC ended on Saturday night and I have been so happy that it went off well. There is always anxiety when projects of this duration with so many dependencies are being pursued. So much can go wrong - teams might not get visas, their h/w might not...
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    Justin and Marcus's blog - 2004 Champions

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    So this is a GREAT story - last years winners from James Madison University ended up froming a company of their own. It's called Immerge Technologies Inc. We had Justin Creasy and Marcus O'Mailley come over as special guests to attend this years event...
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    RMIT - The wonder's from down under

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    So it's all over!! Royal Melbourne Institute of Technolgy are the new WESC World Champions!! They beat all comers with an absolutely flawless display of their project 'Evergreen' Intelligent Watering System that communicates with local authorities...
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    Power,Equipment and other info re WESC

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    This is important info. Pls read and come prepared with necessary adapters / converters since we won't be able to anticipate all the different types of adapters from different parts of the world. Thanks! Power Power in Redmond is 120V, 20 amp...
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    Order of presentations on Friday June 17th, 2005

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    Here’s the order of teams based on a random draw that was done this morning: Group 1 Group 2 Newton Cermit eThnocon Blue Arrow BUPT United NFG Northridge 2...
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