Category Archives: Life at Microsoft

Hulu: Candy on a Stick

News Corp and NBC’s joint venture now has a name, “Hulu”. It brings back the winter memories of street vendors in Beijing shouting out “Hulu! Huuuuu lu!  Bing Tang Hulu!”.  The little sing-song cry is as recognizable to Chinese kids as the good humor ice cream truck music here (If you hear ice cream truck […]

Best Chinese Restaurants near Microsoft

We don’t cook at home, and eat primarily Chinese.  We’ve helped many people relocating from China, San Francisco or San Jose find the good places to eat around here.  My wife and I have eaten at each of these places at least 10 times, and much more frequently in some cases.  This is just the […]

Best Pho Places near Microsoft

I eat Pho about twice per week on average; more often in the winter.  Pho is inexpensive beef noodle soup: rice noodles, beef, and broth.  A complete meal for about $5.  I usually get a mix of steak, brisket, and meatball, and mix in lots of jalapeno and lime.  My wife gets tripe, tendon, and […]

Nassim Nicodemus Taleb: The Black Swan & Fooled by Randomness

I’m going through my pile of finished books to review those worth recommending.  Both of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s books, “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” and “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets” are highly recommended.  Nassim Nicodemus Taleb is a man “in whom is no […]

More Jingoist H1B Politics

USA Today, Fox News, and others are running blindly with the US government propaganda campaign, “Chinese Spying on the Rise!”  The message you are supposed to get is that “all Chinese high-tech workers in USA are spies”.  This is part of the ongoing battle of the politicians to kick out anyone with education and talent, […]

Kijiji in USA

Rafat Ali reports that Kijiji has quietly launched in the USA, ostensibly a competitor to Craigslist. Kijiji is owned by eBay, which also owns a big chunk of Craigslist. Just last month, I was talking with an eBay employee who spent the previous year in Shanghai working on Kijiji, and she didn’t give any hints […]

AlwaysOn Quality Consistency Issues

I can always count on AlwaysOn blogs to deliver me some interesting insights from the perspective of top industry businesspeople. But then, once a week or so, these completely random posts come across. WTF? Did someone publish this as a joke?

Streamed Template Processing for Data Binding in Silverlight

This is a sample of doing streamed template processing to perform Data Binding in Silverlight.  I had to edit out the description, since MS Word + WordPress was generating invalid XML (how hard can it be?) which was causing feed validation errors. The full template processor, with the MiniCache and PullMePushYou helpers, is less than […]

Eating Chinese Making you Ill?

Every few months, a Chinese employee will send an alarming e-mail to the thousands of Chinese employees at Microsoft, saying “I got sick at restaurant ‘X’, and they had 4 critical red health violations at their last inspection, so STAY AWAY!”  These people usually mean well, but tend to shout “fire” without looking line-by-line at the health inspection […]

Scoble’s Ex-Girlfriend is Mad?

This morning, my wife woke me up to tell me that some woman was talking out of my computer, about “you f-ing the girl next door” uncensored. When I went down to check it out, I found that my computer was playing the full version of Lily Allen’s “Smile”. While it was a relief to […]