Keith@MSFT: 3,653 days and counting

Today, June 22, 2008, marks my tenth year as a full-time regular employee at the world’s largest software company.

Ten years at a single company is a long time in this industry, but it has passed rather quickly. Milestones are exciting and I always look forward to reaching them the closer they get. As for the gifts, I got a clock at 5 years but it no longer keeps the time. To commemorate my tenth year I will receive a massive Lucite desk ornament that resembles a crystal structure that would make the Son of Jor-El proud. (You all remember Marlon Brando as Superman’s father in Superman, right?)

What have I been able to accomplish in 10 years at the ‘Soft? First, here are the products I have shipped over the years:

  1. Visual J++ (Windows Foundation Classes DHTML Controls)
  2. Internet Explorer 5 (DHTML Editing Control)
  3. Visual Studio 2002 (Web Forms Designer)
  4. ASP.NET 1.0 (Performance & Stress)
  5. Visual Studio 2003 (Windows Forms Designer)
  6. Visual Studio 2005 (Visual Web Developer)
  7. ASP.NET AJAX 1.0
  8. Windows Vista (IIS7)
  9. Silverlight 1.0
  10. Windows Server 2008 (IIS7)
  11. Visual Studio 2008 (Visual Web Developer)
  12. Expression Studio 2 (Web, Blend, Design, Media, Encoder, Subscription)

I also helped orchestrate the launch of the following Microsoft sites over the last 2 years:

Yes, I have met Bill and Steve. I’ve also had the opportunity to talk with James who has been on Microsoft’s Board of Directors since 2001.

Oh, I also get 10 shares of MSFT stock which, at Friday’s close, was $28.53/share. That $285.30 would feed a starving kid for 864 days, or about 1/4th the time it took me to earn it. At that rate I’d better start the Feed Keith Foundation. Actually, if I donate that stock to charity, I can get Microsoft to match my contribution and double the fruits of my labor. Hmm…

For kicks, I looked up the Washington State sentencing guidelines to see what minimum level of felony, from 1 to 16, one would need to commit to warrant a ten-year sentence.

Serious repeat offenders must commit a Level 8 or higher offense for a 10+ year sentence. Here are the Level 8 felonies in Washington:

  • 1st Degree Arson
  • Reckless Homicide by Watercraft
  • 2nd Degree Manslaughter
  • Sex Abuse of a Minor
  • 1st Degree Prostitution
  • Theft of Ammonia (WTF?!?) :confused:
  • Reckless Vehicular Homicide

First-Time offenders must hit Level 13 or higher:

  • 2nd Degree Malicious Explosion
  • 1st Degree Malicious Placement of an Explosive

Levels 14 to 16 are reserved for the most heinous trafficking, explosion and murder convicts.

Why am I discussing crime and punishment in what started as a Microsoft 10-year anniversary victory lap post? Uhh. Umm. Yeah.

It’s for the kids:

A sidebar for all the kids out there reading Keith’s Amusing Musings today and tomorrow:

Remember you can lose a career at Microsoft in the blink of an eye. While you may want your name to appear at the top of many lists as you mature, stay away from those maintained by the FBI, DEA and ATF. Oh, and stay in school.

All you repeat offenders and hardened criminals had better stay away from that ammonia. If you are walking down the street and see three H’s hanging around an N, run the other way.

One Reply to “Keith@MSFT: 3,653 days and counting”

  1. :party: Congrats on your success at Microsoft to date. I wish you much more in the future. No doubt, you have done so well because you are so very, very articulate. Keep up the good work, and while you’re at, consider joining the MS Basketball league while you’re still young! 😆

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