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I am a Softie

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Softie is internal slang for Microsoft employee.

For a couple of years I have had my own company Avior together with my partner. We had fun times and difficult times, but we did what we loved – developed software. Late September I started talking with Microsoft Denmark about the position as technical evangelist. At first I was reluctant as I was afraid to lose my technical competence and leaving my own company, but I was intrigued. I finally agreed to leave Avior and join Microsoft after a couple of conversations with current and previously Microsoft employees – they all spoke fondly about Microsoft – if I could cope with the politics and ceremony.

What is the job of a technical evangelist?

An evangelist advocates the evangelium, which means ‘good news’. All Latin, nothing religious – but in my case just technical 🙂

It is about connecting people who have problems with a product, technology and knowledge needed in order for them to succeed. In my mind, it is all about authentic content, communication, and community. I wish to spread knowledge and help other developers while keeping my integrity.

Current status

Now 3 months in, I find myself at home at Microsoft, but I still feel like a n00b. There are so many people and internal processes that I need to familiarize myself with that I sometimes feel dizzy and do not feel that I am contributing enough.

Challenges

I am catching up on the Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Azure – which is the new stuff at Microsoft. It is a lot of ground to cover, so I do no longer fear for my technical competencies as I am spending much time studying and helping customers with technical issues.

I wish to engage the community more in the New Year, so I am busy planning talks and the Danish Developer Conference.

One request for you – let me know how I am doing, please.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

GOTO Aarhus 2012 – Monday

The day started with a keynote from @Falkvinge from the Pirate Party. I wasn’t expecting much from this keynote, but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I assumed that I knew quite a bit about the Pirate Party – I was wrong! Facts: the Pirate Party is present in 150 countries and has 2 European Union parliament members. These guys are serious and not just a protest party wanting to legalize sharing copyrighted material. They are fighting the problems with limiting access to knowledge and ideas. They are emphasizing that exclusive right like patents, copyright and subsidizing are counterproductive. That’s so true! @Falkvinge disrupted my brain – that’s great, because that is why I’m here!

Next up was great presentation of graph databases by Jim Webber – fast speaking provocative British architect from Neo4J. He (re)spiked my interest in ‘other’ databases and stressed that each type of database like relational, object, key-value stores, document,  graph etc. databases each fit their problem domain. So you shouldn’t just pick RavenDB because it is the new hot think in .Net sphere (or because Ayende aka Oren Eini says so). I will definitely take a look Net4J with the .Net client library Neo4jClient . Another great point from Jim Webber was; ACID does scale (though many claims otherwise), but he stressed it was distributed ACID with 2PC that doesn’t scale.

From then on I attended a couple of unfortunate sessions (not worth mentioning). Now it is time for the conference party where the beer is sponsored by Atlassian.

Blog post from 10000 meters in the Air

While writing and posting this post I’m currently flying from Copenhagen, Denmark to London, United Kingdom over the North Sea with Norwegian airlines using the free online Wi-Fi connection onboard. The Internet connection is slow, but that’s expected as the traffic is routed through satellites and the fact that I share the connection with the 250 or so other passengers; all trying to access Facebook 🙂

A ping request to Google.com show that a roundtrip takes around 800 ms with some fluctuations into the 1200 ms

Pinging google.com [173.194.70.113] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 173.194.70.113: bytes=32 time=681ms TTL=43
Reply from 173.194.70.113: bytes=32 time=869ms TTL=43
Reply from 173.194.70.113: bytes=32 time=705ms TTL=43
Reply from 173.194.70.113: bytes=32 time=750ms TTL=43

An Internet connection speed test reveals my upload was around 400 Kbit/s download and 15 Kbit/s upload.

A trace route didn’t disclose much information; therefore not included in this blog post.

The Internet connection is very unreliable making it impossible to work, but IM and light sites are browsable. Internet on a flight is a welcome initiative making it more pleasant to fly.

I just hope the competitors will do the same and the quality of the connection will improve.

Configuring Windows 7 network priority

Windows 7 apparently always prioritizes the wireless network connection (Wi-Fi) – no matter if a faster wired network connection is available. This is default behavior – go figure!

Luckily you can change it, but it isn’t easy to find. Do the following:

  1. Go to “Network and Sharing Center” (e.g. through the “Control Panel”)
  2. Click “Change Adapter Settings”
  3. In the “Network Connections” window, press the ALT key on your keyboard to being up the menu bar.
  4. Click the “Advanced” menu and then “Advanced Settings”
  5. In the “Advanced Settings” windows on the “Adapters and Bindings” tab under “Connections”, you can change the network connection priority with the arrows on the right.

It will still connect to all available network connections (wireless and wired), unless they are disabled.