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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The main thing you don't learn with a CS degree is how to develop software, although you will probably build up certain muscles in your brain that may help you later if you decide that developing software is what you want to do.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/6/2014

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  10:25 PM

I feel somewhat odd in propagating this, but it's interesting and, for better or worse, thought provoking. Or just provocative. Or inflammatory, all depending on your viewpoint. Someone who seems to be a Microsoft employee has an anonymous blog that examines in the open the types of issues one tends to hear sotto voce, if at all. A couple of examples:
Let's say Microsoft can indeed reduce its workforce by 10%. That'd be about 5,500 flesh-and-blood individuals. We easily have that many employees we can do without. You figure each employee represents $200,000 to $300,000 cost to Microsoft each year (salary, benefits, equipment, etc etc). So, by attrition and layoff, a 10% reduction right there would save Microsoft anywhere from $1,100,000,000 to $1,650,000,000.

And this is the gift that keeps giving to the bottom line.

[...]

Looking to hire Microsoft employees? I'm looking for a smaller Microsoft. I think we can help each other.

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Thing is, we have some bad folk in Microsoft. They got hired during the Big Boom before the bubble's pop. And baby, they are holding onto their jobs now with the big Microsoft like nobody's business. And they're just causing harm. Doing enough to get by, writing crappy code, doing crappy testing, and designing crappy features.

Via Mike Gunderloy.

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