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    Microsoft tries to recruit me

    The following is, verbatim, a letter I received a few minutes ago from a Microsoft recruiter.

    From: “Mike Walters (Search Wizards)” <v-mikewa@microsoft.com>
    To: <esr@thyrsus.com>


    I am a member of the Microsoft Central Sourcing Team. Microsoft is
    seeking world class engineers to help create products that help people
    and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.

    Your name and contact info was brought to my attention as someone who
    could potentially be a contributor at Microsoft. I would love an
    opportunity to speak with you in detail about your interest in a career
    at Microsoft, along with your experience, background and qualifications.
    I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and can
    also provide you with any information I have available in regard to the
    position s and work life at Microsoft.

    Please take a moment to visit My Calendar
    <http://www.appointmentquest.com/provider/2010224927> online to
    schedule a convenient time for me to contact you. You can learn more
    about our vision for the New World of Work at

    Additionally, if you are aware of any current or previous colleagues
    who might also be interested in opportunities at Microsoft, I would be
    happy to speak with them as well. Referrals are always welcome, and
    are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance and I look forward to an opportunity to speak to
    you in the near future

    Best regards,



    How far will you go?

    Mike Walters
    CST Senior Recruiter

    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

    I called Mike Walters, who told me my name had been passed to him by his research team. I indicated to him that I thought somebody was probably having a little joke at his expense, and promised him an email reply. Here is my reply in its entirety:

    To: “Mike Walters (Search Wizards)” <v-mikewa@microsoft.com>
    From: <esr@thyrsus.com>

    I’d thank you for your offer of employment at Microsoft, except
    that it indicates that either you or your research team (or both)
    couldn’t get a clue if it were pounded into you with baseball bats.
    What were you going to do with the rest of your afternoon, offer jobs
    to Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds? Or were you going to stick to
    something easier, like talking Pope Benedict into presiding at a
    Satanist orgy?

    If you had bothered to do five seconds of background checking, you
    might have discovered that I am the guy who responded to Craig
    Mundie’s “Who are you?” with “I’m your worst nightmare”, and that I’ve
    in fact been something pretty close to your company’s worst nightmare
    since about 1997. You’ve maybe heard about this “open source” thing?
    You get one guess who wrote most of the theory and propaganda for it
    and talked IBM and Wall Street and the Fortune 500 into buying in.
    But don’t think I’m trying to destroy your company. Oh, no; I’d be
    just as determined to do in any other proprietary-software monopoly,
    and the community I helped found is well on its way to accomplishing
    that goal.

    On the day *I* go to work for Microsoft, faint oinking sounds will be
    heard from far overhead, the moon will not merely turn blue but
    develop polkadots, and hell will freeze over so solid the brimstone
    will go superconductive.

    But I must thank you for dropping a good joke on my afternoon. On
    that hopefully not too far distant day that I piss on Microsoft’s
    grave, I sincerely hope none of it will splash on you.

    Cordially yours,
    Eric S. Raymond

    My wife, upon hearing of this, suggested that if something like this could happen maybe I haven’t made enough trouble for Microsoft lately, and I’m slipping off their radar. She might have a point…

    UPDATE: For those of you who missed the subtlety (which was a surprising lot of you) I was quite polite to this guy on the phone.

    FURTHER UPDATE: I had my serious, constructive converstation with Microsoft last year, when a midlevel exec named Steven Walli took me out to dinner at OSCON 2004 and asked, in so many words, “How can we not be evil?” And I told him — open up your file formats (including Word and multimedia), support open technical standards instead of sabotaging them, license your patents under royalty-free, paperwork-free terms.

    I believe Steve Walli went back to his bosses and told them that truth. He is no longer with Microsoft, and what little he’ll say about it hints that they canned him for trying to change their culture.

    This didn’t surprise me. Microsoft’s profit margins require a monopoly lock on the market; thus, they’re stuck with being predatory evil *******s. The moment they stop being predatory evil *******s, their stock price will tank and their options pyramid will crash and it will be all over.

    That being the case, negotiation is pointless. Microsoft is not reformable. Jeering at offers like this is actually the most constructive thing we can do.
    Quelle: http://esr.ibiblio.org/index.208.html

    Da ist wohl jemand an den Falschen geraten. Fanatismus hat auch seine unterhaltsamen Seiten.

    *edit: Das ist im Übrigen kein Fake, hier der Artikel von eweek.com:
    Microsoft Makes a Mea Culpa for Hiring Situation
    Geändert von Touji (17.09.2005 um 19:48 Uhr)
    "The social dynamics of the net are a direct consequence of the fact that nobody has yet developed a Remote Strangulation Protocol." - Larry Wall

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