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.

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A Weekend in Vegas

no_seven TB and I celebrated our 3-year anniversary in Las Vegas this past weekend. She booked a package deal through USAir that had us fly direct from Seattle and stay at the Wynn for 4 nights. It was a nice getaway even though I have been to Vegas 4 times in 2 years. TB hadn’t been to Vegas in 5+ years so there were a lot of things she hadn’t seen. Random notables:

  1. It was hot: 105+ during the day and 80+ at night.
  2. It was crowded: Labor Day weekend.
  3. There are no deals left on the Strip: Food & gambling are no longer reasonably priced. You can’t beat the accommodations, however.
  4. Free Wi-Fi @ the Wynn: The Sugar & Ice restaurant (located in the Esplanade) offers free Wi-Fi. Many guests don’t know about it though and they wind up paying $11.99/day.
  5. I officially hate the number 7: Craps was crap for me this trip.
  6. ‘The States’ produced by The History Channel rocks: This DVD set is 8 hours of some of the most interesting and enlightening information about our country I’ve viewed in a long time. A great way to spend a weekend morning/afternoon.
  7. It’s easy to get in, but hard to get out: Our trip to Vegas was perfectly smooth. Our return to Seattle was fraught with delays, airplane maintenance issues and gate changes. The highlights of the return trip were the perks we received due to my 1K status on United. First, we avoided the long, post-Labor Day security line because the ticketing agent put a V.I.P. stamp on our boarding passes. Second, we had an exit row to ourselves. The plane was packed to the gills, but there was no one in the middle seat between us. Membership has its privileges.

I will stop the list at 7 since it is a number I saw all too often at all the wrong times last weekend. 🙂