Larry Osterman - 20 years at Microsoft

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Larry Osterman has been working at Microsoft for 20 years as a software design engineer. 20 years, think about that one for a while. When he started working at Microsoft Ronald Reagan was the guy up for
reelection. The Space Shuttle hadn't had a disaster yet. The Apple Macintosh had just shipped with a whopping 128KB of RAM.

All this week you'll hear Larry tell some fun stories from the past 20 years of working at Microsoft. Hope you enjoy meeting Larry as much as we did.



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    The Discussion

    • User profile image
      You just know you could sit and listen to this guys stories all day .. Smiley
    • User profile image
      I just want to hear more about the history of Microsoft product, the story of development.  Any more?
    • User profile image
      Again, the guy me cannot hear (and most likely don't want to hear) is off camera. edit-edit.
    • User profile image
      I've been reading Larry's stuff for a while now and it's was so cool to see the man behind the words. I could listen to him for hours and would love to spend a day in his mind.

      Hey Larry, how about a video podcast of some type?
    • User profile image
      What kind of sound system do you have? On my system here I can hear myself just fine.

      I don't edit. That's something I try not to do. Why? It reduces believeability. It's easy to skip over my parts, which are short anyway.
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      Mav Phoenix
      Excellent piece, that guy is awesome.
    • User profile image
      Scoble - I could hear you just fine .. also you did edit a chunk out the middle ..
    • User profile image
      Good video.  Looking forward to more in the series.

    • User profile image
      20 years at MS?   Wonder what his net worth is.  Wink
    • User profile image
      GaryBushey wrote:
      20 years at MS?   Wonder what his net worth is.  Wink

      I think there has to be more respect due that he didn't just cut and run with the money when he vested - he must *really* love his job.  How many other people have been at Microsoft as long and still do day to day what they essentially did when they started?

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      Manip wrote:
      Scoble - I could hear you just fine .. also you did edit a chunk out the middle ..

      Yeah, well, I was a bit candid in there Smiley 

      Edit's are a good thing.

      But Scoble's talking about looping the audio - he won't do that, but he does make cuts.

      The interview is pretty much as it was, without the bits that can't be made public.

      Btw, here's Edie (my sister)'s description of what she does:

      We run transaction processing systems that place government benefits on
      debit cards.  (technically I'm supposed to say debit type cards but...)
        It's called Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) So what that really
      means is that instead of printing food stamp coupons, food stamps and
      cash benefits (TANF) now work similarly to your paycheck being direct
      deposited to your checking account and you then use your debit/ATM card
      at the store to spend money.  It's not the most technical explanation,
      but it's easier for people to understand.  Because the feds (who run
      the food stamp program) require that it be free for retailers to
      participate in the Food Stamp Program, we provide POS terminals to
      retailers that only process benefit transactions.  Stores can also use
      their own store systems to connect to our system instead of taking our
      limited terminals.  So, if you go to Target or WalMart, and you look at
      the terminal in the checkout lane, there is a button for EBT or it
      comes up as an option on the screen-- debit, credit or EBT.  Most
      people have no idea what the EBT button stands for.  We also provide
      the cards to benefit recipients, depending on what the state wants. 
      All states currently use EBT instead of food stamp coupons at this

      ACS also disburses child support payments for states.  Non custodial
      parent has child support taken directly out of his/her paycheck, we
      process and transmit the child support payment to the custodial parent.
        And we run electronic toll collection programs-- EZ Pass in NYS and
      other states is ours.

    • User profile image
      Hi Scobleizer great job, this guy is a plasure to listen to. would love to listen to him more often.
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      Dr. Shim
      Sign up for his blog! Smiley
    • User profile image
      Shrage: you'll hear more from Larry all week long. Glad you liked it!
    • User profile image
      What a pleasurable man to listen too.  Sounds like a professor i had for programming in University, his office was filled with cool stuff too!

      I wonder all the part of Windows (or etc) he has written that i use everyday.

    • User profile image
      I really like watching old Computer Chronicles episodes in the Prelinger Archives and this guys really fits in to this enjoyment. Another download for me from Channel9!
    • User profile image
      Osterman is obviously a really cool guy.  I wish I knew him personally.  What a treat to be introduced to him.
    • User profile image
      More Larry videos please!
    • User profile image
      LarryOsterman wrote:

      Yeah, well, I was a bit candid in there Smiley 

      Hi Larry

      just to say that you're a wonderful person.

      Greetings from Italy

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