A few things Scott has said have roused my attention and are linked;
In the UK we don't make anything, instead we have fostered an environment for investment banks and the companies that service banking. If you want to earn good money and be involved in mentally demanding projects, there's only one serious option*. I don't
know a bank that doesn't block social networking sites, or doesn't enforce suits.
Employment/Recruitment and Blogs
In my experience, the banks don't spend much time looking at CVs to look at a blog. In a recent interview with a "billy big potatoes" WPF-on-the-tradefloor consultancy, they complained about candidates that don't research stuff mentioned in interview, and
yet when asked, they interviewers hadn't checked my blog and even asked questions that they only knew the answer to because I had highlighted it on MSDN in the comments section.
Even more importantly, recruitment consultants strip out real names and blog information from our resumés!! The situation is ridiculous and is negative for everyone involved.
Lastly, I'm amazed how little there is in the comments sections on MSDN. I make a point of going back to the article and adding something to help prevent other humans feeling the excruciating frustration that I went though to make something work. We blog
about x and get answers on Stackoverflow to y but why aren't we getting that information put on the documentation? The facility is right there. I think its because MS don't push the rewards system enough and so there's no glory in it.
(Scott: great talk as always, keep the humour coming)
*the UK has a big bio-chem and medical base in Cambridge but they tend to draw from their own universities. Maybe we have formula one automotive engineering or Rolls Royce in Derby but in terms of job abundance, the City of London is the only reasonable
go to. (Discuss).