Just received the email from Microsoft being awarded the MVP award for the fifth year! It’s my fourth year as a Cluster / High Availability MVP, the first year was File Systems & Storage. Congratulations to all fellow MVP’s both in Sweden and abroad!
After a long wait today the email finally showed up in my inbox. I’ve been awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Cluster / High Availability for another year. As you might or might not know this award is given to those who spent time and effort in teaching others about Microsoft technologies, answering questions both live and on the internet and speaking at events such as TechEd.
This will be celebrated with a glass of champagne with the family, also celebrating the purchase of our summerhouse!
The human body seems to be a clockwork of when it’s time to go to bed or get up. Unfortunately it doesn’t do well with timezones and crap like that. The last few days I’ve been tired around 15.30 every day, gone to bed around 21 and been awake at 03.30. Spending a week in Seattle and attending the MVP Summit 2010. It’s the event when all the MVP’s go to Microsoft to meet each other and the product teams. We also get to see a lot of the things that’ll hit the market in 12-24 months that we can’t talk to anyone about.
So far we’ve spent our days sightseeing. Spent the Sunday with Martin Lidholm and Magnus Björk at the “Future of Flight” which is located at the Boeing factory. We saw a lot of airplanes and learned about the history and future of aviation. Then we took the tour of the factory and saw how these things are built, and what they cost. Outside on the runway 3 out of 4 Dreamlifters (the flying pickle) (video) were parked, we got to see when they unloaded a body to a 787 (which comes in one piece). In the factory, which could fit the entire Disneyworld inside with room to spare, there are six hangars. One for each production line, and it fits 5-6 complete 747:s in ONE hangar. To get a perspective of the size, you could fit 988 basketball courts on the floor.
Yesterday we had dinner at Hooters in Seattle and celebrated my birthday, turning 36 today. Four years to forty. Age ain’t nothing but a number 🙂
Thanks to Stephen Rose and the Springboard series I’ve been interviewed for talkingaboutwindows.com today. We’ll see when that airs. And if the porn-part gets edited out. Thanks Stephen for that one… Ran into Chris Jackson who apparently set the standard. So the next time I might even move in that chair…
Tonight I received the email from Microsoft that informs me that I’ve been awarded the Microsoft Most Valued Professional for last years community effort. I’m really happy for being renewed, and this year it’s for Clustering / High Availability. Last year was in File Systems and Storage, but these are closely related as you may know. I’d like to thank Malu Menezes and José Barreto from the File Systems and Storage Team as these guys have been my main contacts and Symon Perryman from the Cluster Team for being such a jolly good fellow. Thanks guys!
Congratulations also to the Swedes I know that got awarded or renewed on July 1:st:
(and of course congratulations to those of you I don’t know also)
Magnus Björk, Martin Lidholm, Andreas Stenhäll
Marcus Murray, Patrik Lowendahl, Christoffer Andersson, Björn Axell, Anders Bengtsson, Stefan Schörling
For those of you who don’t know what the MVP award signifies this is from Microsoft.com:
The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts representing technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. Worldwide, there are over 100 million participants in technical communities; of these participants, there are fewer than 4,000 active Microsoft MVPs.
At Microsoft, we believe that technical communities enhance people’s lives and the industry’s success by providing users with the opportunity to have conversations about technology that catalyze change and innovation. Technical communities help users adopt new technologies more quickly and more effectively. Also, they help Microsoft product developers understand the “pulse” of our users and better meet our customers’ needs. As the most active, expert participants in technical communities, MVPs are recognized and awarded for their inspirational commitment to technical communities.
In order to receive the Microsoft MVP Award, MVP nominees undergo a rigorous review process. Technical community members, current MVPs, and Microsoft personnel may nominate candidates. A panel that includes MVP team members and product group teams evaluate each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past year. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee’s contributions. Active MVPs receive the same level of scrutiny as other candidates each year.
MVP Award recipients reflect Microsoft’s global customer base and the breadth of Microsoft’s technologies. MVPs have been awarded in new categories such as Windows Live, Xbox, VSTO, Microsoft Dynamics, and Visual Developer Team System. A significant portion of new MVPs represent emerging markets in China, Russia, and Korea, as well as smaller markets like Ghana, Nepal, Macedonia, and Macao.
MVPs also represent the diversity of today’s technical communities. Respecting the user’s desire to get technical information in a variety of ways, Microsoft recognizes both online and offline community contributions. Reviewers consider the contributions that nominees make to traditional communities such as public newsgroups and third-party Web sites, as well as emerging community venues such as forums and blogs.
Microsoft MVPs are an amazing group of individuals. By sharing their knowledge and experiences and providing objective feedback, MVPs help people solve problems and discover new capabilities. It gives us great pleasure to recognize and award MVPs as our way of saying thank you for their demonstrated commitment to helping others in technical communities worldwide. We sincerely appreciate their efforts. Microsoft would like to congratulate and thank this year’s MVPs.
Yesterday (day 3) was spent discussing a lot of stuff that I due to my NDA can’t tell you about. Or I could, but I’d probably not be an MVP for much longer… But we discussed some improvements for both client and server in the upcoming versions and watched some demos. The product teams are in some cases really good at reaching out, listening and then implementing the suggestions. It’s fun to see that design change requests made for Windows Server 2008 actually made it into Windows Server 2008 R2.
The night was spent at the EMP, Experience Music Project, which is one of the coolest museums I’ve ever been to. It’s all about music, and they have exhibitions around the grunge period for example (a lot of bands came from the Seattle area), Jimi Hendrix and other great guitar players. But what really kicks a*s is the room where you get to play guitar, bass, keyboard or drums with a video guided instruction. You can also sing and there’s a recording studio where you can get together with others and record a song.
Microsoft had hired both EMP and the science fiction museum next door so we could enjoy both. A karaoke stage was set up with a band playing and you could sign up for being the lead singer in a song. There was also Rockband available if you’d like to challenge anyone, but the line was loooong. Will add some pictures once I get back home, since the cable to the camera didn’t make it into the bag apparently.
Day 4, today, I’ve listened to Mike Nash and Steve Ballmer and their view on various topics (also under NDA) so I wish I could tell my readers about some GREAT features in Windows 7, but… You’ll have to wait and see.
My name is Joachim, and I’m a PC. (internal joke)
After yesterdays keynote, which offered a bunch of laughs due to the speech to text malfunctions, today was the first day filled with sessions.
I joined the file systems and storage MVP’s for the days first two sessions. The first one was a “keynote” and the second one was on client/server backup. After that I joined the cluster team for one session on CSV and one session on Hyper-V.
I’m definitely jetlagged so I’ve spent the night in bed with the laptop on my stomach. It´s probably one of the earliest night this year, but it´s a new day tomorrow… Good sessions lined up and finishing off at the EMP which is a great museum.
Just back in front of the computer since arriving home in the middle of the night from a weeks diving in the Red Sea. Spent the week diving with dad, my little brother and sister at Colona in Sharm.
This morning the kids came in serving breakfast in the bed, singing Happy Birthday and giving me loads of drawings that they’ve made while I was gone. From my partner (thanks Jo and Richard from dodgydivers.com for expanding my vocabulary this week, I’ve learnt a lot of new words) I got a really nice watch which I’ll wear as soon as it’s adjusted to fit my arm. Tonight there’s some kind of surprise planned so I’ve got a time and a place where I’m supposed to be, it’ll be exciting 🙂
It seems I’ve planned 2009 quite badly/good depending on how you see it, so far I’ve got:
March: MVP-summit in Seattle, Techdays in Västerås in Sweden.
April: New York, one week of vacation (any tips on what to do or see is appreciated)
May: TechEd, Los Angeles.
June: Mallorca, Spain.
The only stuff that actually needs some preparation is TechDays and TechEd, but it’s still a lot of planning and preparation.
In the days to come I’ll be errorchecking the final version of CCC and then make it available. We’re starting to work on a new version for the R2 release of Windows Server 2008 too, we’re not quite sure which road to take but we’ll see.