Circa 1996

kcombsI was looking through some of my old source code (pre-Microsoft) when I stumbled on a HTML folder.  In that folder I found some pictures from some the earliest digital pictures I recall ever taking.  I think they were taken with a Kodak camera I had recently purchased. 

As you can see, I’m a hotshot technical wizard sitting proudly in front of my Sun SPARCstation.  I think the pizza box in the picture is a SPARCstation 5 with the 17” monitor.  That particular cube is a cherished double cube and along the wall behind me out of sight are a number of machines including Macs, Novell Netware servers, and of course Windows machines running early Exchange 4.0 bits.

There are a few interesting tidbits about the photo.  First, I am clean shaven and wearing a tie.  Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve done either.  Second, it was right before I started my adventure here at Microsoft.  Yep, that’s correct.

July 1, 2011 will be my 15 year anniversary with Microsoft.  Wow.  Man, it seems like just yesterday at times.  And I’m still having a lot of fun here.  I’ll have to write some stories about the early days before too long.  It’s good to reflect.

Comments (8)

  1. glen says:

    I'm digging the optical mouse. What's the movie poster on the wall?

  2. Matt Hester says:

    You should warn people who may be drinking coffee before you put this post up.

  3. Keith Combs says:

    EDS was the IT provider for the JASON Project with Dr. Bob Ballard.  The poster is about those missions to the Titanic.

  4. JamesNT says:

    You should do an entire story line like Larry Osterman did on his blog.


  5. phossil says:

    I cant believe it is you in the picture.

  6. Keith Combs says:

    Wait until I publish my high school graduation picture. Damn hippie.

  7. Kai Axford says:

    I think that's a poster for the movie Titanic and you have it up in your cube because you got Leo to sign it for you. 🙂

    I'd like to see you do a mock write up for your "first impressions" of the SPARC5 and that horrible looking mouse.

  8. Keith Combs says:

    Nope, the movie came out in 1997 and this pic was early 1996. The mouse sucked.

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