Monday, February 18, 2008

Working with Microsoft on Windows Server 2008 exams in Redmond #1

Some time ago I got an invitation from Taj Heniser, the Program Manager from the Microsoft Learning Group in Redmond. They requested me to participate in the development of Microsoft Certification exams for Windows Server 2008 in Redmond as an Subject Matter Expert (SME). Well, it didn't take long to make up my mind. GrandMasters took care of all the paperwork and I was pretty impressed by their continued assistance and overall professional attitude. Upon discovery that I needed a credit card, which I didn't have at the time, they went even further and booked the room for me in advance. Excellent service! Thanks Lisa and Linda.

(In the Netherlands you usually use a debit card for most of your financial transactions and bank transactions are not done by bank check but carried out by direct bank transfers. Use of credit cards is on the rise however.)

GreenlandI met up with Frederic Lapierre and Olaf Hubel from Microsoft at the  airport and had a pleasant chat with them while we waited for our plane to arrive. They both were going to Redmond for the internal Microsoft Technical Readiness Conference. It was good to see the both of you again.

The flight was pretty good and uneventful. We flew over Greenland, which made for some pretty nice pictures. And I made good use of my Shure Sound Isolating Earphones, which I bought just for an occasion like this. The isolating properties are magnificent and the sound is very clear and well-balanced. Only when I took the earphones off, I noticed the loudness of the flight, which quite astounded me! The price was pretty hefty, but they are worth their money in gold. Highly recommended.

To be continued...

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