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Moving My Blog
Well since I have joined Microsoft I thought it was only reasonable to move my blog over to blogs.msdn.com so from now on you will be able to find my posts at http://blogs.msdn.com/ericmai.
18:57:00 May 26, 2005, Thursday (PDT) Source: Eric Maino
Day 1 - Microsoft NEO
Well today was my first day as a Microsoft employee and overall it went pretty well. The day was full of power point presentations explaining the handbook you recived in the morning. I think Tim did a great job trying to get people involved and talking thoughout the day. I will write a bit more about my experience as it gets more exciting :-)
16:41:00 May 9, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Eric Maino
Josh Holmes, Microsoft MVP!
It's my great pleasure to announce that Josh Holmes has been named a Microsoft Visual C# MVP. Congratulations!
06:18:00 April 8, 2005, Friday (PDT) Source: Eric Maino
NewsGator Plug-in for Community Server
I developed a plug-in last night really quick so that I could post to community server blogs. Currently it supports: Multiple Community Server Sites All blogs you have access too on the CS site Posts and Articles Categories I am going to post the project to GotDotNet or SourceForge later today, before I post the project and submit it to NewsGator are there any other necessary features you can think of before it's out the door?
08:46:00 April 6, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Eric Maino
A present for your system administrator
A friend (Brian Desmond) just pointed this shirt out to me and I thought of many system administrators I know. If your system administrator has a birthday or some other special event coming up chip in and make their day!
12:15:00 March 29, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Multilple Blog NewsGator Plugin
On Tuesday I decided I would try NewsGator again as my blog reader. I was noticing that I already spend most of my time in Outlook during the day so why not read my feeds in there too. I tried NewsGator really early on, but decided that it just wasn’t for me at the time. This time was different. I have fell in love with NewsGator and it has been making my blog reading much easier over the past two days. I started looking at how I could post to my blog from within Outlook as well, since NewsGator happened to have the posting option. I looked at the plugins that are provided on the NewsGator site and found one that works with .Text. This was great, but didn’t solve all of my problems. I actually tend to post to a few .Text blogs during the day and I wanted to have this option from within Outlook. I began searching, but didn’t find anything… so I decided to write my own plugin. I have wrapped the current .Text plugin within my own which allows you to configure and post to various ...
08:53:00 March 23, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Hockey Moments...
A friend just showed this to me and all I have to say is wow! I have seen quite a few hockey videos, hot shots, etc.. This one is deffinetly at the top: http://www.hockeycoachboards.com/bbs/forum2/uploads/Hisey.wmv
06:27:00 March 22, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Local Bands In Michigan
A friend of mine just launched a site that helps discover new and upcoming bands in Michigan. If you get a chance and are looking for local bands in or around the area check out Blow The Gaff.
12:22:00 March 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Becoming the C# Blogger
While I haven't sat down with my PM yet to discuss my goals over the next year or so at Microsoft, one of my own personal goals over the 12 months is to become known as the C# Blog or C# Blogger (or at least one of the top 10). I am currently in a very unique position as a C# MVP moving to the C# team, I know what community is all about and I also know what MVPs and others are looking for from us internally. Many of the people that have heard I am going to Microsoft are bummed, because they feel they are going to be losing a great community advocate. Let me make this statement in public that my view of the community and my aspirations to be involved will not change. I would expect to see a slump this summer with the move, new job, and wedding, but let me assure you that my evangelic passion will rise to the challenge and continue to drive forward. Anyhow begin to look for lots of great C# posts from me in the future. Please also feel free to ask lots of questions as I would be more ...
09:01:00 March 11, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
It was a tough decision...
This morning I finally made the decision on whether or not I would accept the offer from Microsoft. Catie and I talked about this for a long time, we discussed the pros and con and really both areas are great but it came down to a few little things.We just wanted to be sure that we were making the right decision for the both of us and not one just one of us. The trip out to this area was great for Catie she really loves the area and was happy to get to meet with some of the people I may have been working with, overall she had a great time but part of her was still really sad about making this move... anyhow after we talked about it she agreed Redmond would be the best place. I have accepted the offer and will be moving to the area shortly after I graduate. :-D
03:05:00 March 7, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Closer To Redmond
Yesterday was a very good day. Catie (my fiancé) and I arrived at SeaTac around 11:15 and then we had a pretty full day ahead of us. We had lunch with two good friends of mine, James and Tracy, then Catie met with the Director or Special Education at Northshore School District. Catie's meeting went very well and she feels much better about making to the move. To top the day off we had dinner at Spazzo in Bellevue with Rusty Miller (my future boss) and Kartick (my future lead). It was a long yet fulfilling day and we are getting closer to my acceptance of the offer. On the agenda for today is the apartment search...
04:32:00 March 5, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
My Thoughts on Your Questions
In a recent post about my interview experience I was asked to tell the recruiter what I was most proud of so far in my career and the answer was my current track record. This answer has generated quite a few emails and I thought I would try to address most of them in this post, rather the replying back to each person individually. What do you do to prepare for an interview?I have never been the type of person to cram for an exam or interview, and this is because I feel that if I don't know the material well enough walking through that door in the morning, there is nothing that I am going to learn the night before that's going to really be beneficial. One could argue the point above that I could memorize the complexity of certain algorithms, the way to explicitly solve a problem, or even the answer to every MS question I can find on the internet, and this is true, but HOW DOES IT HELP? In my mind it doesn't. You are only putting on a show for the person that is interviewing you and ...
02:51:00 February 23, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
The Problems
Here is a list of the questions that I received through out the day during my interview. These questions are in no particular order (other then the order I remembered them). If you were given the assignment to test a keyboard, how would you test it? If you were given the assignment to test a clock, how would you test it? Let's say that you are a building inspector and have been assigned to this newly constructed 100 story building. Your last job is to test the elevator systems in this building, how would you perform this task? Please lay it out in test plan form You are an employer of a company and you are in the process of hiring a new employee. You must pay this employee in gold at a rate of 1 oz. per day. This employee will work for you for 7 days and must be paid every day, no more and no less then 1 oz. per day. You happen to have one 7 oz. bar of gold and may make two cuts on this piece of gold. What cuts would you make in order to successfully complete the task? You are ...
11:55:00 February 20, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Lessons While Driving Home
First I have finally decided that GM does not have any idea how to produce a windshield or at least does not know how to determine who a good producer is. GM windshields are horrible. first I have never seen any other manufactures car have so many broken windshields. Secondly GM windshields end up getting this nasty film on the window that makes it useless to see out of when driving in the rain or snow. I got so fed up with the windshield today driving home that I don't think I will ever purchase another vehicle made by GM EVER! If they only would have tested their product a little maybe we would not have these problems. The next thing that really irritated me today is that Ingham and Eaton county both have the worlds worst road commission. It didn't even look like they had touched the highway this morning after last nights snowfall and it was almost 11:00 AM. I don't care that it was a Sunday, people are employed to do a job and that job must be completed when the time has come. ...
10:31:00 February 20, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
The Interview - Part One
On Friday, February 4th, shortly after I got out of an interview from another company I received and email from a Microsoft Recruiter. The email stated the he was interested in talking to me within the next week. I figured I would take this opportunity to chat with the recruiter to see what could come of it. The recruiter emailed me back stating that he would like to chat on Friday, February 11th. Even though I was going on be on the road at that time, I figured it could not hurt to chat with the recruiter for a few moments, who knows that may come of the chat. During the call I was asked how I would test a keyboard. This was a very interesting question, but still a lot of fun trying to answer. The possibilities of other potential offers came up during the call and I told the recruiter that I had another offer, but did not know the details of it yet since I had not been home since it was sent out. The recruiter mentioned that I should get back with him as soon as I found out the ...
19:32:00 February 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
The Interview - Part Two
I arrived at Building 19 (the recruiting building) around 9:22. I checked in at the desk, registered my car, and received my visitor badge for the day. I then looked around a bit and sat down on one of the couches across from a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, CA. This gentleman was also casually dressed as I was, but the others that were waiting were wearing shirt and tie or even possibly a suit. I believe my recruiter (Cristal) came out first. I followed her back into an office and we chatted a bit. The most memorable portion of our chat is when she asked what I was most proud of in my career so far. I thought about this for a moment, and knew I may only have this opportunity once, so I wanted to be as open and honest as possible. I answered this question in the following way: "Please don't take this answer in the wrong way. In no way to I mean to sound arrogant, conceded or cocky, but at this point in time I must say that I am most proud of my current ...
19:31:00 February 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
The Interview - Part Three
After my interview with Peixin was over it was now time for me to head over to Building 41 to interview with Gus Perez of the C# team. I just walked over to Building 41 because it was across the street and it was sunny in Redmond on this day. Once I got into Building 41, I checked in with the receptionist, then sat around a for a few moments until Gus showed up. I would have to say that my most challenging part of the day was with Gus. He only asked me two questions, both were a type of coding question as well as problem solving. The one I enjoyed the most was the one where I had to write a single program for two trains in order to make them collide, this problem may not seem to difficult, but given the circumstances and details of only having 4 instructions that could be used it made it challenging. Next I moved on to meet with Kartik Shridhar. If I remember correctly Kartik is the SDET Lead for the VC# IDE. Kartik seemed to have a great background, a vast amount of experience and ...
19:30:00 February 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
What a Day...
Well I had a great day interviewing at Microsoft for approximately 9 hours yesterday. I have been up for almost 24 hours and still have a few more before I get home. I will write about my experience possibly later today, if not tomorrow. In the short I interview with the VC# Team and the WebDev Team at Microsoft. It was a fun, challenging, exciting, and inevitably a long day...
22:50:00 February 17, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Following in The Others' Footsteps
Chandu Thota is creating blog maps like the one above.
16:33:00 February 6, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Paper Applications Still?
Yesterday, I interviewed with a company and I think things went really well. (It's not that I am out looking for a new position either, but when a company contacts me I am more then willing to give them some time to sell themselves.) I was very impressed when I walked into their office, until they handed me a stack of paperwork to fill out. I understand why I need to fill this stuff out, but what I don't understand is why they couldn't have just given me a Tablet PC or let me fill it out on a laptop. Later in the day during the interview when I was talking with the GM I made this comment and he appeared to take it really well. He actually mentioned adding that to his task list, in order to find out why they don't do it electronically and if they could. Overall it was a great day and I am looking forward to hearing back from them with their decision.
00:40:00 February 5, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Income Jumps 3.1% Because of Microsoft
I heard on NPR this morning and just confirmed the details at MSNBC that due to the dividend payouts by Microsoft the national income rose 3.1% for a total of 3.7% in December; without the dividend payouts the income would have only been up 0.6%. Read more...
02:35:00 January 31, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Virtual Server Losing Time
I am not sure if this is just with my current sub optimal setup or another larger issue with Virtual Sever, but at the current time the clock on my virtual server keeps getting slower. When ever I notice that it is off I will reset it, but within a few minutes it is usually off again. The problem I think is with the current setup. The physical server that is running 2003 and virutal server is apart of a domain and the domain controller is actually on a virtual server. This has been setup this way becuase there is only one server to use and I wanted to run ISA 2004 on the external box. Here's a pic that helps demonstrate the setup. Any thoughts?
06:52:00 January 24, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
ProjectServer 2003 Does Not Support Passphrases
I have been toying around with ProjectServer 2003 lately primarily because students are going to try to learn how to properly use it in an advanced application development course at Grand Valley State University. Over the past few days I have installed, installed, configured and re-configured project server numerous times throughout a few of the times I noticed a message would pop up for the usages of PSComPlus. This was because I was using a passpharse and not a password. This program does not support passphrases from the command line and after installation you must run the PSComPlus utility again in order to properly update the ComPlus components of ProjectServer.<img src ="http://weblogs.asp.net/emaino/aggbug/358714.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" />
06:24:00 January 22, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Experts: Devastating U.S. Cyber-Attack Within 10 Years
Rob McGann writes: The U.S. will suffer at least one devastating attack to its national information network or power grid in the next 10 years. That's what two-thirds of expert respondents to a survey conducted by Pew Internet & American Life and Elon University believe. Read More...
07:15:00 January 12, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
ROADTRIP: WI .NET Users Group day-long "Deeper in .NET 2005!"
Be sure to check out our 3rd annual day long .NET event, “Deeper in .NET 2005!”, on March 5th in Milwaukee. Scott Guthrie (Microsoft ASP.NET co-creator) Rob Howard (‘nuff said) Rocky Lhotka Jason Beres Dave Wanta Chris Mayo You can't beat a line up like this for FREE! Check out the WI .NET User Group Site, the event site or follow Tinkler's Blog to read more. Hope to see you in Milwaukee.
01:40:00 January 12, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
At Least I Don't Have to Change My Plate
Those of you that have been following ASP.NET Weblogs or the MSDN Blogs you might remember a story posted by Mike Swanson not too long ago about our license plates. Since that time I never posted a good clear picture of my current plate at the time of the photo or a picture of my plate now. So here ya go...
10:31:00 January 6, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Day of .NET in Columbus
Drew Robbins writes about a FREE day of .NET that is going to be going on at the Microsoft office in Columbus. I am planning to head down for this event so if anyone from Michigan wants to carpool or is interested in going please let me know.
16:13:00 January 4, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Awarded Microsoft C# MVP 2005
I was pleasantly surprised with an email from the MVP Program this evening just before I stepped away from the computer. It turns out I have been designated in the January group of C# MVPs for 2005. I would like to thank the community, other MVPs and Microsoft for making the past year a tremendous one and I look forward to making this year even better.
14:30:00 January 4, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Wedding Guests via the Blog
For those of you that follow my blog you may have seen the posts a while back about my marriage proposal (here, here and here) to Catie. Since my proposal on November 12th we have set a date and decided to get married this summer on July 23, 2005. Now come the fun times of organizing and planning such an event, including inviting guests. While we don't expect to have a huge wedding it will be a decent sized Polish-Catholic wedding and I would like to extend an offer to many of my friends, though there is a limit to how many I can invite. What I am thinking of doing is after a majority of the snail mail RSVPs are returned is extending an open invitation to the ceremony and reception via my blog. So as of right now there will most likely be one table (10 seats) open to the blogosphere. The official blog invitation won't get posted for a while, but stay tuned... SIDE NOTE: I am expecting to have connectivity at the reception so for those of you that wish to blog about the ceremony ...
03:30:00 December 27, 2004, Monday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
How does it all get done?
Many people often ask me how I manage to accomplish all that I do in the amount of time that I do it and with everything else that is going on in my life. Up until now I have always responded with the answer, "I don't know. It just gets done". While chatting with James this evening I think I realized how it actually gets completed. It really boils down to two things a sprinkle of energy and a spoonful of passion. I love what I do and if I did not I would not be doing it. I have always told my self that if I am not having fun with what I do then I need to change what I am doing. While I tend to have a lot of energy I try not to always spend this energy on one area for too long, if I realize that I am stuck on something I try to change up the pace a little and focus on something else, that way I am not not just wasting energy. There are times when I really don't feel like doing much, so I might relax for a few on the floor or maybe the couch, then eventually I get up, go into the ...
18:47:00 December 20, 2004, Monday (PST) Source: Eric Maino