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May 17, 2005

Moving Again

It's been almost exactly six months since I last moved offices, and tomorrow we are moving again. I am losing my beautiful view of the NE 40th St overpass (with Mt. Baker in the background), and instead I get a view of a tree two feet outside my window. I was hopeful that I would be able to see the impending new campus construction, which is in the direction that my office looks, but I'm not high enough up.

For this move they are kicking us out Wednesday at 5 pm and letting us back in Monday at 9 am. I remember when I was a huge deal when we got one day off for a move back in 1990, because most moves were just done over a weekend. But that was back when an entire building might have 300 people in it. I heard this move involves 600 people. Taking off 2 days each is 5 man-years!

When I moved the first time they told us this second move was imminent, so I deliberately did not unpack my boxes, except for items that I specifically needed. I only had 2 boxes to begin with, I was trying to stay light on my feet. In a way I am cheating, because all the stuff I accumulated in my first decade at Microsoft (that would normally be piling up in my office) is still in boxes in my garage.

For example my Ship-It Award. Thinking about that made me wonder if photographs existed on the web of the different styles of Ship-It Awards through the years. Well, the answer is "almost":

The first picture shows the original award, from Joel Spolsky's rant about them. The second picture shows version 2 (which is like version 1 but with a larger, fancier black insert in the Lucite) and version 4 from the website of someone who I guess was an SDE at Microsoft, then a closeup of version 4 from some dude's photo album. However, I can't find a photo of version 3 (the one that looks most like a tombstone).

Now, when I pack for this next move, will I have the guts to throw out everything that is still in the box from 6 months ago? Stay tuned.

Posted by AdamBa at May 17, 2005 10:28 PM

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I think there is actually a version before Version 4 that was only made for a few months. It is silver like v4 but has a different look. I'll see if I can grab a pic and send it to you.

Posted by: Omar Shahine at May 20, 2005 09:04 AM