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Greetings from Redmond! 6

If you didn’t already know, I’ve been in Redmond, Washington all week doing some top secret training at the Microsoft Headquarters, or the “Mothership” as my Microsoft buddy likes to call it.

So far everyone has been very warm and friendly and helpful around here. Microsoft does an amazing job at keeping their employees happy. I was amazed by the number of shuttle cars and vans that are operating at the Microsoft campus and the cool system that efficiently runs the shuttle operation. All of the Microsoft shuttle cars are hybrid Toyota Prius’; very cool that Mr. Gates is doing his part to help the environment.

Apparently it only snows in the Seattle area once a year, and it just happened to snow while we were here. My buddy Tim in Vancouver told me about how everybody freaks out when it snows in Vancouver, and we saw a similar reaction to the snow here in Seattle. There was less than an inch of snow, but it took 1.5 hours for a taxi to arrive because they had all gone home. We even saw a lady who couldn’t move forward on a flat surface in a little pickup truck. It looked like she had racing slicks on the truck.

When I heard people referring to this snowfall as an “emergency”, I could only think about my recent post entitled “Winter Storm ‘Disaster'” where I talked about how people in North America overreact to such trivial events.

6 thoughts on “Greetings from Redmond!

  1. iBrett Jan 17,2008 1:23 am

    Sounds like you’re engaged in an interesting experience in Redmond. What’s the buzz there, if any, on Apple’s new MacBook Air, announced yesterday from San Francisco?

  2. george Jan 17,2008 6:33 am

    if the microsoft staff are all happy, they must all be using XP, because if they had installed Vista like i did, they would all be pissed off that their ipod touch upgrades got loused up by vista’s “security”-crap-handling of driver authentication!!! ok – i’m biased. so sue me. lousy vista… grumble grumble grumble. hope that you are having fun in seattle!!! take some pictures!!!
    oh – a friend of mine thinks that your blog is the shizzle (if that’s the right word for it) – keep up the good work, buddy!!!
    – g

  3. Jim Jan 17,2008 7:17 pm

    Hey Brett, I haven’t heard much buzz about the Apple from within Microsoft except that a couple employees I had met said that it isn’t all it’s hyped up to be because it’s not actually as thin as they claim.

  4. Jim Jan 17,2008 7:20 pm

    George, I’ve heard some grumbling about Vista, but not because of people upgrading their iPods. Apparently Microsoft employees use the “Zune” instead of iPods.

    PS: So Shizzle is a good thing eh? What if you say to someone “I’m going to Shizzle in your Nizzle”, is that a compliment?

  5. Crankyputz Jan 17,2008 9:50 pm

    Have fun in Seattle! i Saw a similar reaction to snow in texas, it was quite funny

  6. george Jan 18,2008 4:46 am

    qu’est-ce que c’est, un “zune”???
    – g

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