steady as she goes

Listening to the Planet Money podcast isn’t good for anyone who’s worried about the economy. If watching stock tickers go up and down is akin to a train wreck, Planet Money is the calm, professional narration. It tells you more than you really need to know and gives you cause to worry about things that you didn’t even know you could worry about. Particularly when you’re watching all of the layoffs pop up left and right around you.

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PDC’d… about to HEC the Win

Kevin & Ricky @ the Demo Booth
Kevin & Ricky @ the Demo Booth

There’s been all kinds of fun craziness (some of it even work-related) since I’ve been here in LA.  PDC was all about Windows Azure and Windows 7, which is really cool.  I can finally start talking publicly about the work my team has been doing, in particular the work done by my team on Windows Troubleshooting which will make more sense to the average person than the stuff I work on directly.  It’s really cool stuff.  All of it.

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Every year Microsoft launches a giving campaign to encourage employees to give back to the community monetarily as well as via volunteerism.  Since 2005 the ‘soft has been matching employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $12,000 per employee.  More than that, if I volunteer with an organization, that organization will get paid $17 for every hour I’m there.  Every year, Microsoft employees give hundreds of thousands to non-profit organizations (NPOs), and every dollar the employs give gets matched with a dollar from the company.  I personally think this is one of my biggest perks and benefits of working for the company.
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