Mike Calligaro came to Microsoft thirteen years ago to help build a supercomputer. But, two days before his arrival, the project evaporated, leaving Mike on the payroll but without a position.
This isn't an unheard of situation for new hires, but Mike's story, detailing all the different projects he worked on throughout the years, is just fantastic.
We get to hear about his work on the Sega Dreamcast, an early attempt at providing video-on-demand in the home (in
1994!), and the best explanation ever given as to what a device driver is and how they work.
I'm hoping to visit Mike again. I found him through some posts he wrote for
the Windows Mobile blog
. I found him to be thoughtful and interesting - he was the same in person. One of those hidden gems at the company.
He has more stories to tell, and I hope to get him to divulge more of his past for the camera. People like Mike impress me because of their ability to approach many different disciplines with great success.
This video, I feel, only scratches the surface...