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Talk about a guy who needs no introduction… if you’re in the technology industry, or *gasp* a software developer in the Microsoft space, but haven’t heard of Scott Hanselman before now, then crawl out from under your rock and go check out his blog and podcast, but first read these NINE Questions:


1. Where are you from?
I am in South Africa right now. I am from Oregon.

2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product?
I work for Microsoft...use their product or be destroyed. No, actually use their products because we're embracing Open Source more every day.

3. What brought you to Microsoft?
It was a lifestyle decision...I can work from home and be near my boys. Plus, I was doing the job for free anyway, now I'm paid to build community.

4. You created BabySmash. Did you ever imagine it would take off the way it did? (Can a ZBoard keyset be far behind?) was just a game for my 2 year old. As he gets older the game will get more sophisticated...I have big plans in the spring.

5. I follow a lot of folks on Twitter. I think you actually introduced me to it. What's your take on Twitter and social networking in general? When is it too much?
Twitter is hubris...that anyone really cares what we're's IRC with permalinks. I am not sure how connected I really need to be, but I like that I can scribble on the bathroom wall that is Twitter, and sometimes get a decent response.

6. Do you think we're hitting any kind of critical mass with all the Conferences, Day of This, Codefoo, User Groups, Camps etc...?
I think we are plateau'ed a bit...the economy isn't helping. I have some ideas I am working on to take community to the next level.

7. I'm diabetic too, and I think it's really cool that you blog so openly about yours. What challenges has diabetes presented for you in your career (if any)?
None, really. Everyone has something. Travel can be tricky (see my Africa blog) and it's expensive. Otherwise, just paying attention. As I said, everyone has something.

8. Any non-technical hobbies? What are they and why?
Hm...not really. Working out. Playing with the boys. Yardwork. Learning languages. Lots of world travel. Speaking at colleges and high schools.

9. Last of all, any tattoos?
Lord no. I believe in the benefits of being an OEM.

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:32 PM | Back to top

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