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How veeerrry interesting.
Chad is involved in a class action suit with Microsoft over treatment of their contractors (they treated them like employees instead of contractors and they gave them no stock benefit and Chad worked there in the time period it covered so he was automatically included), and Microsoft has settled, but some of the people involved are countersuing the settlement in order to get a bigger cut of the money. So, even though this has been settled for a year and the money is in the hands of the accounting firm who will distribute, it's being held up again because one of the original claimants has decided he just wasn't get enough of the money. (Despite the original claimants recieving something like $1 million each)
And I just got a huge bundle of paper work from Kmart listing me as a creditor in their bankruptcy dealings.
But, I don't understand why. I worked there from august of 99 to about march of 01 and then again from to june of 01 to september of 01. There is automatic inclusion in their stock holdings, and they keep you aprised of the value. But the yield was always almost nothing and I never did anything with it and never got involved in their retirement programs.

Soooo.. I'm a lil baffled.
But I have a lot of papers to read through now.

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greyyguy
Apr. 4th, 2002 12:28 pm (UTC)
He worked for Microsoft?
Wow...

Did he get his soul back after leaving?

:)

But it sounds like you will be getting money out of it all so that is good.
maddening
Apr. 4th, 2002 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
There's a difference between working for a corpo-death machine and selling your soul.
Yesh.. I know you were joking.
But he got a lot of shit for it at the time from a lot of people.
His roots are in the bbs, unix, running on one line in the basement, TextFiles, hardcore oldschool deep geek. Where he works doesn't change that. If he works as the Empire again, it won't change that. If he worked at AOL, it wouldn't change that.

Now, if he started working there and switched over all his boxes to WinNT or something and started using nothing but MS apps... that would be scary and soul sucking.
But my boy is still a unix geek through and through. ::Nods::
(He's really a unix admin)
WORK IS WORK.


Besides.. it's not like he was programming it (sorry mjfgates!), he was building and burning the software.

greyyguy
Apr. 4th, 2002 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
I would probably have given him shit for it too at the time, but I would have been envious too. I do like a lot of MS's products and from the stuff I see I know they have to have very impressive people there. It's just too bad the marketing and legal groups seems to be running so much of it into people.

And work is work. If work influenced a person that much I would be able to fix my own car (I work for an automotive supplier).
azmatiq
Apr. 4th, 2002 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
I'm bad for working there but you actually LIKE the products? *ewww*

Penguins man... it's all about the penguins.
greyyguy
Apr. 4th, 2002 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
Yeah, the penguins are definately cool.

But I do have to admit that I like a few of their products. Access is very cool for quick data crunching. And even though VB sucks as a real programming language, I can throw together something pretty powerful pretty quick for my own use. I would die of shame before showing them to anyone though :)

But the group I work with have enough trouble spelling OS, let alone realize that their is another OS they can use, so I'm stuck with them at work.
azmatiq
Apr. 4th, 2002 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
See.. but you could use mySql, TCL/TK and... oh a good operating system?
greyyguy
Apr. 4th, 2002 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
Yeah... I know, but no one else is cool enough to use or understand any of those at work so what i do needs to be portable and able to be understood by someone else if I get hit by a comet or something.
azmatiq
Apr. 5th, 2002 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
I understand the need to 'be understood by someone else'...
... but if 'portable' is a requirement then Microsoft is _BAD_
greyyguy
Apr. 5th, 2002 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
Yeah, but I mean portable from one desktop to another. Since all are MS with MS Office, VB an Access make it easier. Not portable from OS to OS or complier to complier.

Which sucks because it pretty much just locks everything in tighter with MS.
frobisher
Apr. 4th, 2002 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
Hey, don't forget the little red guys with pitchforks. The ones wearing the little macintosh hats too...
mjfgates
Apr. 4th, 2002 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: He worked for Microsoft?
Oh, come on. You love the products. You know you do. Working with VBA in Excel (we thought about doing VBA in Pocket Office, but even the Excel devs couldn't figure out how the Excel object model actually worked), trying to do a "File/Open" first thing in VB6 (it crashes), and... mmmm... the paperclip. Especially when you grab the "cute anime secretary chickie" animations out of the Japanese version.

Yeah.
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