It begins…

I started at Microsoft Canada yesterday. The team has been exceptionally supportive even as I stumble through my adjustment to the new environment, the new job and the new people. John, Barnaby, Mark, Qixing, Mark Z, Daniel and the rest of the team been great at helping me get adjusted. This is the first time I’ve worked at a large company since 2005, and there is a little bit of an adjustment.

I’ve got the MacBook Pro connected to the network. I spent the day configuring BootCamp with Vista Ultimate. I am trying to run Vista, but I keep wanting to switch back to Mac OS X (I think I’ve complained about it once an hour for 2 days). Familiarity is key in determining acceptance, and I’ve been using OS X daily since the Developer Preview 3 in 2000 on my old PowerBook Pismo. It’s great to have the MacBook Pro configured and running on the corporate network, now it’s time to try to run Vista in either BootCamp or Parallels for a few weeks (it’s really fast in BootCamp, I had only run it in Parallels previously), though there are a few hoops to jump through. It helps if you read the instructions ;-)! There are a whole bunch of little things that I miss including:

There’s a whole bunch of things that are just plain different. And I don’t like them. I am going to actually use Vista and the software tools provided. I’ve already installed Vim and Notepad++ as my text editors. I have also installed Firefox which I seem to be using for external sufing, I’m using IE7 for internal surfing.

I also get to try out a couple of new things that have me excited.

The best part is I have the opportunity to find the stories of people doing awesome, inspiring things in Canada. The stories are about technology, about design, about entrepreneurship, about things that are happening in Canada. What jumps to mind are things like GiveMeaning, ConceptShare, JobLoft, Idee StandoutJobs.com and others. I’m going to DemoCampGuelph1 tomorrow night, I’m looking forward to seeing the cool shit going on in Guelph.

  1. Mark Roseman CourseForum
  2. Chris Iwanowski, “speaker’s corner” kiosk application we just developed for Guelph Museums.
  3. Simon Clark
  4. Holden Karau
  5. Kevin Thomason, aideRSS, Filtering/managing your RSS feeds – basically, taming the RSS beast
  6. Colin Smith, Adobe

I’m looking forward to figuring out what this role is all about. I’m looking forward to figuring out how I can continue to help connect community members. I’m looking forward to being inspired by the wild, crazy stuff things I know that are going on in Canada.

18 thoughts on “It begins…”

  1. <p>Hey David:</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>As I mentioned when we met at mesh, I work for a Microsoft partner, T4G. I'm a heavy Firefox user but, like you, need IE for a number of internal sites. I've found the Firefox extension IE Tab invaluable. Basically runs a proper instance of IE within a Firefox tab.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>A great feature for our situation is to be able to specify sites, pages or full domains that should always open using IE Tab.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p><a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p><br />
    " target="_blank"><a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p>&quot; target="_blank">https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p></a&gt; </a> <br />
    <p>Hope that's helpful.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Good luck with everything.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>DAVE</p>

  2. <p>Hey David:</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>As I mentioned when we met at mesh, I work for a Microsoft partner, T4G. I'm a heavy Firefox user but, like you, need IE for a number of internal sites. I've found the Firefox extension IE Tab invaluable. Basically runs a proper instance of IE within a Firefox tab.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>A great feature for our situation is to be able to specify sites, pages or full domains that should always open using IE Tab.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p><a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p><br />
    " target="_blank"><a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p>&quot; target="_blank">https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419</p></a&gt; </a> <br />
    <p>Hope that's helpful.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Good luck with everything.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>DAVE</p>

  3. Hey David:

    As I mentioned when we met at mesh, I work for a Microsoft partner, T4G. I'm a heavy Firefox user but, like you, need IE for a number of internal sites. I've found the Firefox extension IE Tab invaluable. Basically runs a proper instance of IE within a Firefox tab.

    A great feature for our situation is to be able to specify sites, pages or full domains that should always open using IE Tab.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

    Hope that's helpful.

    Good luck with everything.

    DAVE

  4. <p>OMG, it actually happened. David Crow is in MSFT, using Apple hardware and open source software and blogging about it. I'm truly impressed! Maybe Microsoft isn't evil after all. ;)</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Congratulations on becoming Canada's Robert Scoble! And thank you Microsoft for gainfully employing the community shit disturber.</p>

  5. <p>OMG, it actually happened. David Crow is in MSFT, using Apple hardware and open source software and blogging about it. I'm truly impressed! Maybe Microsoft isn't evil after all. ;)</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Congratulations on becoming Canada's Robert Scoble! And thank you Microsoft for gainfully employing the community shit disturber.</p>

  6. <p>Sheesh David, it's getting hard to keep track of you, but good luck in the new job!<br />If you get one of those new coffee-table computers, can I come over to play?<br />Nice to see you again at Mesh.<br />Neil</p>

  7. <p>Sheesh David, it's getting hard to keep track of you, but good luck in the new job!<br />If you get one of those new coffee-table computers, can I come over to play?<br />Nice to see you again at Mesh.<br />Neil</p>

  8. OMG, it actually happened. David Crow is in MSFT, using Apple hardware and open source software and blogging about it. I'm truly impressed! Maybe Microsoft isn't evil after all. 😉

    Congratulations on becoming Canada's Robert Scoble! And thank you Microsoft for gainfully employing the community shit disturber.

  9. Sheesh David, it's getting hard to keep track of you, but good luck in the new job!
    If you get one of those new coffee-table computers, can I come over to play?
    Nice to see you again at Mesh.
    Neil

  10. <p>I'm surprised that you find Quartz superior to ClearType. It's a toss-up at best, with the slight edge to ClearType IMHO.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>BTW, is it a company MBP that you have now? I recently upgraded to a 17' MBP and am quite happy with it.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Also, I run XP in Parallels & you will likely run into strange issues with lost network connectivity when you suspend / resume your Mac. Drives me crazy & there's a race condition between XP and OS X to grab a network connection and if they try to grab too close to each other in time, the network access point will lock you out. I solve it by quitting Parallels and then relaunching. YMMV with the network in Canada, but that's the way things are here in Redmond.</p>

  11. <p>I'm surprised that you find Quartz superior to ClearType. It's a toss-up at best, with the slight edge to ClearType IMHO.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>BTW, is it a company MBP that you have now? I recently upgraded to a 17' MBP and am quite happy with it.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Also, I run XP in Parallels & you will likely run into strange issues with lost network connectivity when you suspend / resume your Mac. Drives me crazy & there's a race condition between XP and OS X to grab a network connection and if they try to grab too close to each other in time, the network access point will lock you out. I solve it by quitting Parallels and then relaunching. YMMV with the network in Canada, but that's the way things are here in Redmond.</p>

  12. <p>John,</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>It's a corporate 15' MBP running 10.4.x and Vista in BootCamp. I gave it a go in Parallels, and the performance is just not quite what I'd like. But in BootCamp, it's smokin' fast.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>There are a lot of IT related things to the network configuration that I love. The roaming profiles is fantastic, mostly because I am running a minimum of 2 machines. </p><br />
    <br />
    <p>I really prefer Quartz.</p>

  13. <p>John,</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>It's a corporate 15' MBP running 10.4.x and Vista in BootCamp. I gave it a go in Parallels, and the performance is just not quite what I'd like. But in BootCamp, it's smokin' fast.</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>There are a lot of IT related things to the network configuration that I love. The roaming profiles is fantastic, mostly because I am running a minimum of 2 machines. </p><br />
    <br />
    <p>I really prefer Quartz.</p>

  14. I'm surprised that you find Quartz superior to ClearType. It's a toss-up at best, with the slight edge to ClearType IMHO.

    BTW, is it a company MBP that you have now? I recently upgraded to a 17' MBP and am quite happy with it.

    Also, I run XP in Parallels & you will likely run into strange issues with lost network connectivity when you suspend / resume your Mac. Drives me crazy & there's a race condition between XP and OS X to grab a network connection and if they try to grab too close to each other in time, the network access point will lock you out. I solve it by quitting Parallels and then relaunching. YMMV with the network in Canada, but that's the way things are here in Redmond.

  15. John,

    It's a corporate 15' MBP running 10.4.x and Vista in BootCamp. I gave it a go in Parallels, and the performance is just not quite what I'd like. But in BootCamp, it's smokin' fast.

    There are a lot of IT related things to the network configuration that I love. The roaming profiles is fantastic, mostly because I am running a minimum of 2 machines.

    I really prefer Quartz.

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