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Monday, November 14, 2005

Working late at Microsoft

Speaking from experience, leaving work at 1 am on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights is great in that you completely avoid the rush hour. Plus, with the super smart traffic lights here, all the lights turn green for you by the time you get to the intersection :)

However, Microsoft gives off clear signs that you're working too late and actively discourages people from working late. Usually, the first sign is that the lights in the washroom are off. They turn off automagically when no one's used it for a while. This phenomenon is typically observed around 6 or 7 pm on weekdays. Fortunately, the lights automagically turn on when noise is made in the washroom, which is fortunate for those long occasions in the stall - sounds of struggle keep the lights on.

The second sign that you're working too late is when the building ghosts get restless and play with the lights. This freaked me out the first couple times it happend. The lights would flicker in the evenings. I was quite startled by the power failure, but relieved when my computer didn't shut off. It was as if god him/her/themselves blessed me and saved my computer! I would then panic and quickly save my work in case the god(s) changed hi/her/their mind. Sometimes, the lights would go off for prolonged periods of time and I would begin to wander the halls of darkness in confusion, but then suddenly, as if an act from god(s), they'd relight themselves and I would rejoice as I was blessed with light from the light god(s)!

I later found out that it wasn't ghosts that were playing with the lights, but rather it was an energy saving feature. The light flicker signals the immenent disapperance of light. To save yourself from working in the dark, you must go and flick the switch on the wall in the hallway, which buys you another 2 hours of artificial sun. I have studied this marvel quite thoroughly and it starts at 9 pm on weekdays and runs continuously on the weekends.

Hmm... it's currently 11:50 pm on a Sunday, why the hell do i hear vacuuming?....

5 Comments:

Rob said...

I used to think my bathroom was haunted because every now and then the toilet would flush while nobody else was home...

it turns out it was just my cat.

Princess Sarah said...

i got you a welcome back gift - it's a chair for your desk. i hope you like it!

Nabeel said...

till 1 am on regular nights would be fine .. but 1 am on FRIDAY night? Do you understand the consequences of upsetting the FRIDAY night god?

- nabeel zeeshan
www.nabeelzeeshan.blogspot.com

Vince said...

I fully understand the gravity of my actions in upsetting the "have a life" gods and appeasement of the nerd gods, but I had to do what I had to do as it was my final few days and right before a big deadline (Monday)...

Vince said...

Oh, and thanks for the chair princess! It'll go great with the ponies (easier to get onto the ponies) and the large homecoming banner (so I can take the banner down).

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