OldStardust

My How Things Have Changed

What follows is an expert from my old blog in 2003 about the Microsoft graduating intern barbecue held at Bill Gates's house on Lake Washington. It's very interesting to compare and contrast with Microsoft's recent attempts to cozy up with the open source community and court developers. Makes me wonder if someone at Microsoft saw this journal entry before I took it down :)

Lollercaust in Philadelphia

This is an excerpt of a trip report I made for a business trip to Pottstown, PA in 2006. I really wish I had pictures to go along with this, but I think the prose does a decent job at documenting the insanity of it all.

Abast Mateys, PCMAX off the i2c bow!

Back in about 2002, I wrote a Linux 2.4.x device driver for a neat solvenian company in exchange for some of their equipment. You see, back in my more maverick and idealistic days, I was in to pirate radio. (I suppose by admitting this, I just blew my chances at getting an FCC license, but I don't foresee ever appling for one anyways). The prose below represents an idealism that to me now feels almost pointlessly quixotic (and I say this while volunteering to preserve Internet privacy! HAH!), but it was a lot of fun at the time, and still is quite informative for anyone who feels like tinkering with this stuff. It is a rare surviving excerpt from the fscked.org of 2002.

Perhaps the most amusing part of this whole project was when I interviewed at Microsoft for an internship. My last interviewer was a real clean-cut, stodgy, almost military-looking guy who didn't ask me any technical questions at all. Instead, he just grilled me about this project: why I did it, what it was for, if I thought it was a good idea, etc etc. I recall doing my best to answer his questions without getting into too many specifics. Whatever I said must have done the trick, because they actually gave me the job.

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