Microsoft Usability Study Running 3/31- 4/3 (Redmond, WA)

Microsoft’s User Research Group is conducting a study for Developers / Systems Administrators who have experience with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) or Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). This is a great opportunity for you to provide feedback and help us design a better product. It is important for you to know that you do not need to prepare anything for this. We want to learn from you, the experts, to determine what needs to be improved in our software.

We value your time and feedback! Scheduled participants will receive their choice of a retail Microsoft product valued up to $799 from a select list of our most popular hardware and software, including: Visual Studio Professional 2008, Project Standard 2007, Vista Ultimate Edition, Windows Home Server, Xbox 360 Games and more.

We are looking for:
1. Individuals who have Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) or Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) experience
2. Have IIS (Internet Information Services Manager) OR PowerShell experience
3. Are available for a 2 hour study session during the week of March 31, 2009
4. Can make it to Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington

If you are interested in participating, please email your name and phone number to with “IIS” in the subject line.

2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition

This is the most lucrative and influential international student photo contest in the world. The Grand prize is $20,000 and some great photo gear, but more importantly, it provides all four winners the opportunity to kick-start their careers.

Full time college and university students from around the world are invited to submit their three best photos in one of three categories;
Nature & Landscape,
People & Portraits, and
Sports & Photojournalism.

Read here.


I had no idea MS was so much into professional photography  – Microsoft Professional Photography.

Crossing Over


Crossing Over, originally uploaded by Sajay & Aditi.

A bridge, sign of hope people say. On the other hand there are some that you never want to cross because there is no turning back. I have often wondered about the value that we live by. Is it a conditioned sense of obligation or a façade filled with lies? The world is cruel and it makes you cruel as well and people most often want to believe they aren’t. At least that seems like a comforting fact, but still hypocritical in nature don’t you think. This makes even that little comfort vain. You feel as if there is no surface to reflect upon and you look up into the blackness and feel the endless void in life. The fact that a simple thing like a bridge can spark so much sorrow leaves us to question, how many things in life actually make you happy.
It’s not a sad day but I wanted to take a moment to write this down. As I want to remember “You never see what is in front and you never see what you leave behind!”. I wonder what truth is it that I look for and yearn for; I wonder if it is ever worth the fight.