Dennis@Microsoft.com

This blog was created for myself to complete the $1000 scholorship with Microsoft that i received towards the end of the year 2004

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Location: Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

I'm 16 years of age. I am short, spiky hair, brown eyes and year 11 at Shepparton high School

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Thank-You

I would just like to thank everyone at Microsoft. I would also specially like to thank of my mentors for being and making this happen. Everyone was extremely nice,down to earth andf beautiful people. But this is an experience that is never going to be experienced again it's been a great journey but know has come to an end. It is sad well at least for me, i would love to stay forever if possible but certainly not possible. No words can describe how the past two weeks i've spent at Mircosoft is specially the people. They all are just one of a kind in their own way and i thank them so much!! Thank you guys i really appreciate what you all did for me.
hope to keep in touch.
bye bye

Last Day At Microsoft

Today is my last day at microsoft. Although it's been excellent it's till sad to leave. Everything and everyone is just great!!!
On this day i am working with Pen. The new lab room as i mentioned earlier in another blog that they are setting this room up and should be finished by today so i am helping Pen get it finished. At the moment i am setting up two hp desktops that are going to go in the lab room as there are i beleive four or five plamsa screens. Pen has just left and will be back very shortly. I have set up one hp desktop but do not know the password to the other hp desktop to access it.
When working with Pen on Wednesday i created an infopath document for the booking requests to book the lab room for demos etc.. The document was complete on the day and i now have to upload the document to http://anzmelts/bpc/. It was straight forward what i have to do, just create a new site from the library and browse for the file.
Later in the day the productivity room has been set up and now i have to set up the two hp desktops in the room.
I am now just doing some editing on the infopath document and then uploading it once again. At 4 o'clock the staff and myself going to the como centre to have some drinks because this is my last day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Second Last Day At Microsoft

Today is my second last day at Microsoft. The past few weeks at Microsoft have been excellent. I never expected it to turn out this good but the adventure is almost at an end.
Today i am working with Mark Cleary. This morning Mark Cleary emailed jill to let her know he will be at work at 11 0'clock because of a meeting he had to attend. From 9am till 11:30am. I than asked Nick Ward if he would like me to do anything for him, he didn't ahve anything planned for me to do but he said just to make a report using report services and just understand the program.

Mark just arrived back from his meeting. Mark has asigned me to once again do somethings about the movie/show guide for media centre. A guide is not provided in Australia. Mark wants me to visit a website www.yourtv.com.au. This website tells you what is on and when. Mark beleives that it is possible to create a guide through code and linking it back to the www.yourtv.com.au website with the movies/shows you request to see the times for.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Eighth Day At Microsoft

Today i'm working with Pen once again. The first thing i was asigned was to complete a few exercises on infopath. This were some lab samples just so i could get to know the program before Pen gave me the work that she wanted me to complete. The exercises were intructions to doing certain things eg: designing an infopath, inserting things etc..
Once i completed these exercises Pen gave me instruction on what she wanted me to do. She wanted me to create an infopath Booking Request for the internet for the new room that is being set up. The Booking Request was just a sheet that you have to fill out to book the room. This request requires account details, session details, who is attending, what is their position and their organization etc...
Once i finished creating the request i had to make all of the options appear once BPC Customer Sessions is selected. This is not hard once you get to know the program but i found it a little difficult as it was the first time i used this program but it was finished.

Seventh Day At Microsoft

Today i am working with a lady by the name of Pen Lewin. I just arrived at work though Pen had to run out somewhere and didn't arrive back for quite sometime. She did leave me with some work for me to do for her, and that was to install Microsoft office 2003 edition onto two laptops that she had in her office. She left me the laptops and a Micorsoft office box but with no cd.
Once i saw that there was no cd i went to Nick Ward for advice on what to do so i then went to the productsweb website but needed someones name and password. That's where Nick comes in handly. He then wrote his name and password so i could then download microsoft office and install it on both of Pen's computers. Once this was done i didn't have any other instructions so Mark came and saw me and ask for me search through google for a guide that doesn't exist in Australia for Media Centre. The guide allows you to choose a movie or a show to watch all you have to do is click.
After i did some research and didn't find and helpful information i then just continued on with some reports and on the side a was working on a website that i am creating just for fun based on a business i would like to have one day.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sixth Day At Microsoft

Today is the 11 of july. This is my first day back from a week off because of Microsoft team had to attend meetings in sydney. Today i am working with Nick Ward. Nick has organised another laptop for myself because My. Watson is not present. Nick Ward at the moment has got me to install windows web server 2003. After i had installed this then i moved on to install virtual PC, then create a new virtual P with an existing file. A virtual PC allowes in other words to use two windows on the one computer and also allows you to access both windows at the same time without any interruption between the two windows, pretty cool. Once this was done i then had to install SQL server and visual studio, i have had trouble doing this is the past but hope that nothing will go wrong.
I have now finished installing SQL server with only one error! now i am creating reports and applications using SQL server and vitual Pc.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Fifth Day at Microsoft

Today more technical problems have arised when installing SQL team foundation. Not sure how to solve the problem at this stage but it is a VSTF error. I haven't heard of these errors but are told they are very hard to install.
David is now taking myself out with him to some meetings which will be very interesting.

We arrived at a place in Collins street at around 11:30. David then set up to prepare for his presentation. After david finished setting up most of the people started arriving and then he was on his way. David then presented a sixty minute presentation on a program called biz talk. David talked about the program, the functions of the program, what the program does and can do and how to do it. David also went through step by step how to create an application. During the presentation there were a few problems with the program but David managed and done a very good job.
After the presentation David, a few others and I had some lunch. We then headed back to Microsoft at the Como centre and spent sometime there before I headed home from this great day.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Fourth Day At Microsoft

Today I am working with a man by the name of Mark Cleary. He is a consultant for Microsoft and today I am working with a program called Media Centre. This program allows the viewer of the computer to watch and record tv, listen to music and the radio. It is also possible to watch pay tv. With an infra red device when put against the set top box, the sensor reads it and allows you to watch it. You have to tune the channels into the computer but in America there is a tv guide that you may download or may be already on the program. With this guide you may choose what show you would like to watch and just click on it and it will appear. I am unable to try the program out after working on it because we don't have an antenna or a set top box. Mark and myself went to a Tandy store not very far from the como tower and purchased an antenna. Once we arrived back we plugged it in and done a scan to see if it would detect the antenna and it did. We then tried to watch tv, it wasn't a very good image so we changed desks more closer to a window and some of the channels worked.
This program allows you to rewind the show you are watching and record, when the pause button is push then it starts recording automatically. Smart software don't you think????

Third Day At Microsoft

Today I am installing a program called SQL server. This program consists of several installations and downloading in order to complete the installation. This software was very sensitive. During the process of the installation there were many difficulties that are yet to be solved.This afternoon the client side of the software was fine but the technical side of it was still difficult but we managed and completed it. After the installation finished it was time to go to a meeting with my mentor, with the health department and we discussed various things. The day was very interesting, especially the meeting that i attended.

Second Day At Microsoft

On the second day I arrived at 8:45, nice and early to be ready for a great day ahead of me. In the morning I was still buidling my computer to meet my requirements and still installing software. After I had installed what i needed the hard drive on my computer crashed, and lost everything I had. I then had to get another hard drive from my mentor and start all over again. What a start to a microsoft day.
It is the afternoon and I have now finished buidling my computer and started working on something else. I am creating a server that translates data or information into code and and am still working on this task.

First Day At Microsoft

On the 27th of the 6th was the day I start work experience at my dream work!!! Microsoft. I arrived at 9 o'clock and met my mentors. They showed me around and i met everyone there.
I'm really looking forward to the rest day and the rest of my experience at Microsoft.
After the tour of Microsoft I had to build a computer that met the requirements of the work that I will be doing. I am still currently building the computer that meets the requirements and this will also be for my mentor so he can have a demo computer with certain software.