Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, July 14, 2008
My weekend bike ride
Monday, November 05, 2007
My new apartment
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Facebook version of QuizSender.com
I was reading an article on Facebook's strategy in Wired, it talked about the recent changes that allow any 3rd party to make a Facebook application.
Let me know what you think.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
TAS game videos
Recently I have been getting slightly addicted to TAS (Tool-Assisted-Superplay) game videos. Basically people with a lot of spare time on their hands play console games within emulators, they use the emulators ability to take snap shots in order to produce a perfect run and complete games in record times. It can be quite fun to watch a game that you spent ages completing many years ago completed in ten minutes!
Super Mario 64: (the 120 star version at NESVideos is more fun though)
Super Mario World: (again, the full 96 level one at NESVideos is more fun)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Diary of an application to Microsoft: from resume to visa
A long time ago, I applied to work for Microsoft. They made me an offer. Visa applications weren't made, visa applications were rejected, the offer was changed. Now, I will go and work for Microsoft. For anyone who may be interested, here is my story:
Chapter 1: Application and offer
- 2 Jan 2006:
Send CV to resumes@... address
- 23 Jan 2006:
Received e-mail interview from Tami
Responded to questions
Received confirmation that I would get a phone interview
- 10 Feb 2006:
Michelle contacted me to schedule phone interview
- 21 Feb 2006:
Phone interview confirmed
- 22 Feb 2006:
Phone interview with Rudra
- 1 March 2006 and 8 March 2006:
I chased Michelle for a response
- 9 March 2006:
Michelle confirmed that I would soon be invited to face-to-face interviews
Derek contacted me to arrange the interviews
- 10 March 2006:
I requested a flight booking from Microsoft for the interviews in Paris
Tickets were booked by Cindy
- 16 March 2006:
Derek asked me to view and sign the online application documents
- 23 March 2006:
Derek confirms arrangements and gives me an expenses form
- 31 March 2006:
5 face-to-face interviews in Paris
- 5 April 2006:
Submitted expenses form
- 7 April 2006:
I chased Derek for a response
- 11 April 2006:
Caitlin informs me that I have an offer
- 14 April 2006:
Phone conversation with Caitlin to discuss details of offer, salary not yet decided though
- 18 April 2006:
I chase Caitlin to find out salary information
Caitlin confirms salary
I inform Caitlin that I will make a decision in two weeks as I am waiting on another offer
- 19 April 2006:
Srikanth, my hiring manager sends his congratulations
- 28 April 2006:
Caitlin chases up my response
Srikanth arranges to call me to go through any questions that I may have
- 1 May 2006:
Phone conversation with Srikanth
I accept offer
- 4 May 2006:
Harmony sent me online offer documents
- 7 May 2006:
Completed online offer documents
Chapter 2: H1-B woes
- 16 May 2006:
Asked Caitlin when I should expect to hear about my H1-B visa application
- 17 May 2006:
Caitlin responds, I should hear in the next two weeks
- 2 July 2006:
I hear in the news that the H1-B cap has been exhausted and ask Caitlin about this
- 14 July 2006:
Caitlin informs me that they could not submit my application because I did not have a degree at the time, they are looking into options
- 1 August 2006 and 14 August 2006:
Chased Caitlin to find out about my options
- 17 August 2006:
Caitlin responds, but still no news
- 21 September 2006:
Chased Caitlin again
- 22 September 2006:
Still no news but getting closer, another 2-3 weeks
- 10 October 2006:
Explained to Caitlin that I will have to take up other work in the UK if there is still no solution
- 11 October 2006:
Caitlin says they hope to find a solution that would allow a January/February start date but can't promise anything; offers to set back start date to October 2007 if I would prefer.
I tell her to keep trying for a sooner start date.
- 15 January 2007:
Caitlin asks if I would like to work in Denmark, the other option is to wait until 2007 for Redmond.
I ask if Denmark would be permanent or just until October.
It would be permanent.
I decide to wait until October and head for Redmond.
- 25 January 2007:
Caitlin says that I have a very good chance of getting a visa in October, although she can never be 100% certain.
- 26 January 2007:
Srikanth writes to say he is glad I can wait until October 2007.
Chapter 3: Take 2
- 7 March 2007:
Caitlin puts me intouch with the logisitics people for sorting out my visa.
Anne requests all of my visa documents.
- 8 March 2007:
Anne confirms that my documents have gone to the legal people.
- 27 March 2007:
Anne sent information about Seattle. Chased up visa status with Anne.
Anne gave me contact details for paralegal.
- 4 April 2007:
I see that the H1-B cap has already been reached.
- 5 April 2007:
Anne confirms that my petition was sent on time, however, as the cap was reached on day one a random selection process would be used, which may take some time.
- 8 May 2007:
I ask Anne if anything has been heard about my visa.
Anne has heard back about 5% of her candidates, she expects to have all results in by mid-May.
- 23 May 2007:
Anne writes to let me know that they have still not had a response.
- 7 June 2007:
Anne informs me that my application was not accepted. They are reviewing other options and hope to have an update by the end of June.
Chapter 4: Canada
- 19 June 2007:
Ty e-mails me to arrange a phone conversation about my options.
- 21 June 2007:
Phone conversation with Ty. Position could be moved to India, China, Ireland, maybe even UK or Canada.
- 28 June 2007:
Ty tells me that he would like to focus on Canada, they intended to open a new development centre in Vancouver.
- 1 July 2007:
Anne lets me know that they are still working on these options.
- 3 July 2007:
I chase things up with Ty. He is still waiting for details.
- 13 August 2007:
Canadian law firm request some details from me.
- 14 August 2007:
Anne confirms offer for Canadian Software Development Centre.
- 15 August 2007:
Andy arranges to talk with me over the phone to discuss new offer.
- 22 August 2007:
Phone conversation with Andy.
Andy sends new offer letter.
Canadian law firm confirm that they have all the details that they need.
- 28 August 2007:
I accept offer.
- 29 August 2007:
Andy puts me back in touch with Anne to sort out Canada logistics.
- 30 August 2007:
Anne requests some details.
Jeff, my relocation specialist, gets in touch.
- 4 September 2007:
Bond, my homefinding helper, gets in touch.
- 5 September 2007:
Dani, my move manager, gets in touch.
- 7 September 2007:
Get confirmation that I have approval to travel to Canada.
- 12 September 2007:
Katie, my household goods move coordinator, gets in touch.
- 13 September 2007:
Anne asks me to complete a reference check form.