Coding against Sharepoint Online in Office 365 in Waterstons
Coding against Umbraco 6.1.6 using Visual Studio 2013 in Waterstons
Playing as nelerk on Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4
Playing as erknel on Battlefield 4 on PC
Walking the Yorkshire Moors
Admiring my shiny new Yoga 2 11inch on the sofa
Which should lead to some blog posts on Sharepoint, Umbraco, Gaming, Sheep and Gadgets …
After 4 months away from work, tomorrow I set out boldly from the Yorkshire Moors to Durham to find a desk at my new company, Waterstons – who I am really chuffed to be joining.
“Normal” service will be returning to this blog in due course…
Hope you all have had a wonderful 2013 so far. For me it has been excellent – the four months have flown by with the time filled with setting up a new home in Yorkshire, family, holidays and diy. But I am excited (super excited – MS joke :)) to be heading back to work, especially in a development centric role.
After 16 great years with Microsoft, Friday 21st is my last working day. I am spending it in our new home in the chilly North York Moors with the company of sheep, rabbits, grouse and a rather fine bottle of Yamazaki Whisky bought by my friends in Microsoft DPE. The Whisky apparently has the subtle taste of peach, cookie and vanilla – which should be easy to identify when I consume it as a chaser to the cider with a sherry top also bought for me :-)
A massive thank you to everyone who made those 16 years so much fun. I will miss so many of you. The good news is I will be keeping this blog going … hence I won’t really have gone far :)
Have a wonderful Christmas and a fun 2013
…which is certainly my plan.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
In 1996 I was happily working on large Unix applications when I was approached by Microsoft to join a brand new European arm of the (then famous – apparently) Microsoft US Developer Relations Group as something called a “Technical Evangelist” (Which incidentally caused all sorts of problems when I put that down on a mortgage application form the same year!)
My plan was simple.
- Join for two years.
- Use those two years to “understand the enemy”
- Get insider confirmation of just how sucky Windows really was and how arrogant all those Microsoft folks were.
- Once this was done I could then get back to my beloved Unix for development and Apple Macintosh for design and fun.
Well, after nearly 16 years I have given up looking.
The people are lovely – smart and caring. The technology is competent and some of it is fantastic. Yes I did find some sucky technology and even had to evangelise the merits of some (but even Entity Framework 1.0 blossomed in time) – but overall Microsoft makes great stuff.
I therefore give up :-) Mission aborted.
I have decided it is time to leave Microsoft and spend the beginning of 2013 with family before working out what to do next. I’m sure whatever I do it will be fun – and definitely different to the last 16 years :) Oh – and it will be “up north” as I’ve moved from sunny Bath to chilly North Yorkshire. We had snow today!
An enormous thank you to everybody I ever met, presented to, advised, sort advice from, drank with, ate with, slept with (Mike T knows what I mean there). I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with and met so many smart people. I could list them… but I have my tea waiting downstairs…
Take care all
P.S. I’m still working for Microsoft through December…
Each January I try to revisit tools and processes … and as part of that I tend to tinker with my blog in some way.
Just switched over from this rather formal theme (coraline):
To something a little more relaxed (Boldlife) – which is line with my mood as we enter 2012. I also liked the date and comments getting a raised profile and the menu heading to the top of the page:
Could also do with another mugshot – as I’m over 6 stones lighter these days
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas