Recently an email written by a newly hired Microsoft employee about life as a Google employee made the rounds on popular geek social news and social bookmarking sites such as Slashdot, Reddit, and Digg. The mail was forwarded around and posted to a blog without the permission of its original author. The author of the email (who should not be confused with the idiot who blogs at has posted a response which puts his email in context in addition to his reaction on seeing his words splattered across the Internet. In his post entitled My Words Geoffrey writes

Today my words got splashed all around the Internet. It’s interesting to see them living a life of their own outside the context they were created in. I enjoyed seeing it on Slashdot, reading the thoughtful responses whether they agreed or disagreed, and laughing out loud at the people who were just there to make noise. It’s fun, in the abstract, to the be the author of the secret thing everyone is gathered around the water cooler talking about.

The responses are my personal impressions, communicated to my Microsoft recruiter in the context of a private 1:1 conversation. A few days after I sent my response to the recruiter, I saw an anonymized version floating around and being discussed inside Microsoft. I hadn’t realized at the time that I wrote it that it would be distributed widely within Microsoft so that was a bit of a shock. To see them distributed all over the Internet was another shock altogether. The biggest shock was when Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet Blogs sent a message to my personal email account.

Read the rest of his post to see the email he sent to Mary Jo Foley as well as how he feels about having words he thought were being shared in private published to tens of thousands of people without his permission and with no thought to how it would impact him.


Friday, June 29, 2007 12:55:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I'd forget that Dare as there are thing happening on your end where you could in fact get a better environment than Google.

Core OS team is building the toy. Can it provide the ultimate I/O engine or not? Will we be able to control everything from threads to memory to HTTP to TCP to transport security to latency without hitting a 10 seconds block or page fault mania because some sick synchronous piece of code is still around.

The best news I have ever seen is that C++ guys are back, no .NET junk by default.

Someone tell the Visual .NET-Bloatware Studio team to enhance that compiler and keep those libraries alive and front-end alive.

Defender Type 2
Friday, June 29, 2007 1:18:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
That's about par for the course for MS recruiting. That entire department should be fired. When I worked at MS and we went into hiring mode they would just about screw everything up. The most infuriating thing they did was they would never send letters to people we declined during the interview process. 1 month later I would get calls from people asking if we were still interested in them. It was so unprofessional and utterly embarassing for me.

When I finally left MS they asked me to do an exit interview. I actually spent a day drafting up my thoughts into something constructive in the hopes it would change something. I went to the lady's office at the appointed time and no one showed up. How ironic that one of my points was that meetings were inefficient. I waited another 45 minutes before leaving. She then had the nerve to call me at home the next day and ask if I could physically return my badge and Amex card to her...
Friday, June 29, 2007 11:30:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
oops you are a whiney little bitch
oops' big brother
Monday, July 2, 2007 7:42:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Yeah amazing how often people get caught with that and yet no-one ever learns
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