I worked at Microsoft for exactly half of 1989–2009. One day they made me pair program and I quit the next day.

Microsoft used to be a leader, now they follow fads.

The reason their software leaks so badly is their insistence on hiring obedient mediocrities instead of bright people.

I was at a division meeting where a David Stockman clone stood at the podium and told is that memory leaks are a fact of life. I stood and interrupted and contradicted him. I’d rewritten a suite of servers with zero leakage.

Microsoft is on borrowed time. They are no longer great. Merely big.

American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

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