@ahelland: That's a perfectly reasonable question -- I totally appreciate you asking it.
The publication itself was registered last year but not used. Last week (or the week before, I guess), Bruno Borges (who led a similar effort at Oracle when he was there) took over the publication with renewed focus on publishing the best technical, Azure-focused content, both from Microsoft employees and from members of the community (we welcome submissions from anyone! There are a number of editors (myself included) that will vet articles to make sure they match the goals of what we're trying to highlight).
This is absolutely not a replacement for the MSDN blogs. Although it is true that sometimes content may appear both places (we may syndicate content first published on the blogs and the blogs are also welcome to syndicate the Medium content back), the scope is slightly different.
We're hoping to reach developers and readers/writers who might be active on Medium, but might not follow the blogs as closely. The blogs are awesome -- it's one of the main places I go to get the news every week -- but I'm sure there are a lot of devs who don't even know they exist, but already engage with the Medium community.
For readers like yourself who follow both, I hope we can offer value both places. I see the Medium publication as more curated and focused -- and with less volume -- with content that might not fit the scope of the blogs as they exist now. Depending on feedback and engagement, I could see us creating link digests or whatever on Medium pointing to external content, but we'll have to see how it goes.
Thanks again for the comment! If you have suggestions for how we can make the publication better and stand out more from what's happening on the blogs, we'd love to hear it!
* Downloaded (documentary about the rise and fall of Napster)
* Tron and Tron Legacy (I think Tron Legacy is good!)
* The Social Network
* The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish or English version)
* Pirates of Silicon Valley (TV movie but still so good)
* Triumph of the Nerds (PBS series that is still so good)
* Silicon Cowboys (documentary about the early years of Compaq)
* General Magic (documentary that isn't out yet about General Magic, a company that incubated some of the top tech talent and had an impact, even if its products weren't successful. I got to see a screener recently and it's really terrific.)
For BAD movies that I still love despite their technical inaccuracies and general badness:
* The Net
* Anti-Trust (this one I've only recently started to appreciate. Its a bad movie, but it can be fun to watch)
* The Italian Job - I'm conflicted here b/c I actually think this is a good movie, but it's not a true nerd movie per se. But Seth Green's character is a hacker and so it counts!