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1 March 2006

Mr. Microsoft

Location : Reading, England.

Ever since I started working at Microsoft, I've noticed an escalation in computer related queries made by people around me! It's almost as if I'm some sort of a walking helpdesk. What - your computer is starting to talk to you? Ask the Microsoft Man! Make your penis grow? Ask Mr.Microsoft! Wife won't give you any? Mr.Microsoft will sort her out. For 6 months now, I've had people calling me asking all kinds - hardware recommendations, web hosting advice, web development assistance, interview tips, curriculum vitae inspection, software help, etc. Honestly speaking, it's kinda scary. I also find it sometimes pretty daunting because the hype can often get too much. Some people have bad comments to make although I bet they would jump at the chance to work for Mr.Gates anytime, while some people find it impressive but the others ask "Which part of you did you say...was micro and soft again?". The company is such a hot topic in all conversations. For a while now, when people ask me what I do, I just say I'm working for a software company because I've learnt that it's best practice. If they pry a bit more, then I tell them that the company is Microsoft and their eyes normally light up a bit. Half of these people ask if I could hook them up with a job at Microsoft and I promise to check with Bill the next time I play golf with him. Once, an English chap I'd only just met asked if I was the security guard at Microsoft! Initially, I thought he was being cheeky but based on his facial expression, I'd say he meant to insult. I politely continued smiling of course but I'd be looking smug if I had my .44 Magnum with me. Haha... =) Microsoft has suffered so much bad media publicity to an extent that it's hard to remedy the negative image. Even when Bill Gates donates money to fight malaria, tubercolosis or that Windows is safer than Linux, not many people will remember that. Instead, people choose to remember Microsoft's long legal tussles and constant bullying business tactics.

I've been at Microsoft half a year now. The excitement of starting a new job has died off but the job satisfaction remains. I believe I haven't worked for any other company with such perks before although I've heard of better. For the moment, I'm just looking forward to the summer! I really can't wait for the water to get warmer so I can finally get some proper surfing in. Next on my surf itinerary is a huge trip coming up this weekend with the University of Reading's surf club. We're heading down to Newquay to witness the BUSA Surf Championships. The whole town will be buzzing with thousands of university students because the event is renowned for being the single largest surfing event in Europe with over 450 competitors. Will I spot any of the world's top surfers? Will I get to touch his surfboard? Or salvage a strand of his hair? I hope to see some phenomenal liquid dances on display by up and coming top notch British surfers while I freeze standing on the beach with my hot cuppa tea. Imagine if there was a shark sighting. What a trip it would be!

Posted by Ripcord at March 1, 2006 09:42 AM


working for a software company..thts enough to answer their question...

that bloke is really insulting... security guard... damn...

the shark sighting...i bet is better than any trip u have made... heheheheheheh

Posted by: zbjernak at March 1, 2006 06:55 AM

Talking of advice, how often is it you text/call me for some advice or other:
Which car to buy? How much to pay insurance?
How much should a mechanic cost to fix the roof? Where's the volume control on the soundsticks? (hahaha...!)
That's another useful aspect of friends, there's always someone who may have some advice for you out there...

Posted by: someone else at March 1, 2006 07:58 AM

someone else : and i suppose you responded by asking me "what do you think of the new intel duo core macbook pro?"...haha! yeah, when it comes to anything i'm not too sure about the uk, i ask you! glad to have returned the service bro! =)

Posted by: Ripcord at March 1, 2006 08:15 AM

Re: BUSA, I doubt you'll see any of the world's greatest, unless they have decided to study at a british uni! If you were in the top 44, would you choose the UK to study...?

Posted by: someone else at March 1, 2006 09:03 AM

someone else : yeah they won't compete but surfing sponsors have a habit of bringing in their star surfer to "make an appearance", sign autographs, pose for photographs, let people like me touch their surfboards, etc. i reckon even if i see them, i will not recognise any of them because they all look the same to me!

Posted by: Ripcord at March 1, 2006 10:00 AM

Hello Girls, You too always sound like you’re bickering... Who helps who the most, who's right about this, who's right about that...

Anyhow ed, I feel as if I have read the first part of this blog before...? Seeing as I can't be arsed to go back through each of the thousands of entries you have made I was hoping that you will admit to plagiarising your own work!! (Is that still plagiarism?)

And as for the touching of boards or whether the top surfing athletes are going to turn up, who the hell cares.... Think of the tottie that will be there watching, ed you need to do some push ups, sit ups and chin ups on your bar, to impress the ladies before you go!!! That is surely all that matters :)

Take are all. RB

Posted by: VIRGIN at March 1, 2006 10:30 AM

P.S. What the hell is with that .44 Magnum, do you own that, cos you know there illegal in this country right? Unless its a BB gun then it's probably ok so long as your over 16.

Posted by: VIRGIN at March 1, 2006 10:33 AM

virgin : looks like i'm also going to start calling you to ask about "best practices" in the UK! hahaaa... damn, i didn't know owning a gun was illegal! =(

Posted by: Ripcord at March 1, 2006 11:46 AM

hey dude

whats up? lama tak singgah your blog man....ive been busy rockclimbing ( picked it up last december) so every other nights im either at the gym or weekends at the rock...heh

oii...that ireland surf pic...damn cantik man!

Posted by: fake at March 1, 2006 03:18 PM

i've got a friend, who is in IT security, his name card actually says "Security Officer". So....

Posted by: kimberlycun at March 2, 2006 02:49 AM

fake : lama tak "jumpa" siaaaal! where u been all this while? coming to UK anytime soon?

kimberlycun : really? well, that's security of a cyber kind, not the uniformed night watch dude with a baton who falls asleep on the job!

Posted by: Ripcord at March 2, 2006 03:20 AM