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Michael lives in sunny Mountain View, California. He started programming with an Apple //e in 4th grade, graduated from UCLA with a math degree in 1994, and immediately landed a job as a QA engineer at Symantec, working on the Norton AntiVirus team. He pretty much taught himself Windows and MFC programming, and in 1999 he designed and coded a new interface for Norton AntiVirus 2000.
Mike has been a a developer at Napster and at his own lil' startup, Zabersoft, a development company he co-founded with offices in Los Angeles and Odense, Denmark. Mike is now a senior engineer at VMware.

He also enjoys his hobbies of playing pinball, bike riding, photography, and Domion on Friday nights (current favorite combo: Village + double Pirate Ship). He would get his own snooker table too if they weren't so darn big! He is also sad that he's forgotten the languages he's studied: French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
 
Mike was a VC MVP from 2005 to 2009.
Member since Thursday, July 6, 2000 (14 years)
  • 25 Mar 2011: Best C++/MFC article of February 2011
  • 31 Dec 2009: CodeProject MVP 2010
  • 31 Dec 2007: CodeProject MVP 2008
  • 19 Mar 2007: Best C++/MFC article of Feb 2007
  • 25 Feb 2007: All Topics Jan 2007
  • 31 Dec 2006: CodeProject MVP 2007
  • 31 Jan 2006: MFC/C++ Jan 2006
  • 31 Dec 2004: CodeProject MVP 2005
  • 29 Sep 2003: MFC/C++ Aug 2003
  • 29 Mar 2003: MFC/C++ Feb 2003
  • 30 Oct 2002: MFC/C++ Sep 2002

  

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GeneralYou're on notice PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn1-Jan-07 21:22 
GeneralHelp PinmemberMiss_F5-Feb-09 1:22 
GeneralReady... set... Boost! PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn25-Dec-06 16:58 
GeneralThe cure for FF2 tab blowieness PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn14-Dec-06 21:21 
GeneralInstalling Visual Studio 6 on Vista PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn10-Dec-06 19:08 
GeneralRe: Installing Visual Studio 6 on Vista PinmemberMike Dimmick10-Dec-06 23:58 
GeneralRe: Installing Visual Studio 6 on Vista Pinmemberklauswiesel18-Sep-08 9:56 
GeneralGriffith Observatory pictures PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn4-Nov-06 10:41 
GeneralSimplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn9-Apr-06 6:55 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series [modified] PinmemberDandy Cheung3-Aug-06 4:15 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn4-Aug-06 13:22 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinadminChris Maunder11-Aug-06 4:37 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinmemberDandy Cheung19-Aug-06 17:49 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn12-Aug-06 21:46 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinmemberDandy Cheung19-Aug-06 17:42 
QuestionHow can i give access permissions to user in active directory using vb.net Pinmemberkoolprasad200310-May-07 21:07 
GeneralSOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn17-Sep-05 18:52 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE PinmemberMichael P Butler18-Sep-05 8:23 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE PinmemberMr.Prakash17-Jan-06 22:21 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn18-Jan-06 16:04 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE PinmemberJeremy Falcon13-Feb-06 23:38 
GeneralWhat I Learned From PDC PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn17-Sep-05 18:20 
GeneralRe: What I Learned From PDC PinmemberMichael P Butler18-Sep-05 8:22 
GeneralCelebrating 10 years of geekdom PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn2-Jan-05 20:57 
This week's poll, and the serendipitous arrival of a new Joel on Software article[^], sparked some thoughts about how I got into this whole programming thing.

In mid-January, 1995, I got my first job in the software biz, as an Associate QA Engineer at Symantec[^]. I think I impressed my eventual boss not with my half-page résumé, but with the spell checker program that I brought with me to show that I did, in fact, know C++.

Once I was there, my boss gave me a crash course in Win32 stuff, but I was pretty much on my own as far as learning. (Remember this was 1995*, no public 'net yet, certainly no awesome resources like CP, and even back then I had come to the conclusion that Usenet sucked.) After much self-teaching, book-reading, and article-writing, I can say it's been quite a journey. Not always good or enjoyable, but then what is?

The traditional 10 year anniversary gift is, if I'm not mistaken, a 21" widescreen LCD monitor. The collection plate will be passed around now... Wink | ;)

*Gawd I feel so old when I say things like that, or "this was before the net" or "this was before cell phones" or even the dreaded "this was before Google"
 
--Mike--
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Magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.

GeneralRe: Celebrating 10 years of geekdom PinmemberNibu babu thomas28-May-07 3:07 

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