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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.
  • 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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Messages 12,665 (Master)
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GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE Pin
Mr.Prakash17-Jan-06 23:21
memberMr.Prakash17-Jan-06 23:21 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE Pin
Michael Dunn18-Jan-06 17:04
sitebuilderMichael Dunn18-Jan-06 17:04 
GeneralRe: SOMEONE forgot to introduce me to SOMEONE Pin
Jeremy Falcon14-Feb-06 0:38
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GeneralWhat I Learned From PDC Pin
Michael Dunn17-Sep-05 19:20
sitebuilderMichael Dunn17-Sep-05 19:20 
or, "I spent good money on this thing... might as well blog about it"

1. Gretchen[^] is a cool gal.
2. Raymond[^] is a really cool guy.
3. People love Anders Hejlsberg and Don Box. Don because he's whacky, Anders because he's down-to-earth and gets to demo the cool stuff (XLINQ especially).
4. IE 7 Protected Mode (low rights mode) is going to cause headaches for legit toolbars too (like mine).
5. Even us jaded geeks can still mark out for stuff occasionally. Witness the "show your open apps as a stack of windows so you can flip through them" demo in the keynote.
6. Lots of people have used my WTL articles. I had 3 total strangers come up and introduce themselves, saying they recogized my name and they had really liked the articles. Now I feel bad for not updating them for so long since some of the code won't compile in VC7.
7. An Alienware laptop can double as a leg exercise machine, plus the heat will soothe your muscles afterwards.
7a. I want one.
8. The first feature people will want to turn off in Longhorn is the glow that moves across progress bars. Yuck.
9. The first feature that shareware devs will steal from Longhorn and make work on XP is the thumbnails for minimized apps when you point at their taskbar button.
10. TaskDialog() and TaskDialogEx() - at least someone is looking out for us "crusty old Win32 developers."
11. The BoFs I attended turned out to be busts, but at least I got a nice shot of the Convention Center at night[^].
12. Being right next to thousands of free t-shirts [^] is a sub-optimal location to find oneself in.
13. The beta version of 1ClickPicGrabber[^] caused a reproducible bluescreen on Longhorn beta 2. Cool | :cool:
14. Avalon is going to make for some really nifty animation/gfx apps... and some really annoying ones too. Videos playing in realtime on playing cards?[^] Imagine everyone doing that... Dead | X|

Channel9 guy making a cameo
What are those guys talking about? The site isn't slow. What? Oh yeah, I have a local copy... so?
The only thing open in downtown LA at night
Lots of brainpower and electronic equipment in the C9 lounge
Raymond Chen makes a rare public appearance
My 2nd favorite autograph (#1 being Alyson's naturally)

Visual C++ MVP Cool | :cool:
LINKS~! Ericahist | 1ClickPicGrabber | NEW~! CP SearchBar v3.0 | C++ Forum FAQ
Ford, what's this fish doing in my ear?
GeneralRe: What I Learned From PDC Pin
Michael P Butler18-Sep-05 9:22
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GeneralCelebrating 10 years of geekdom Pin
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GeneralRe: Celebrating 10 years of geekdom Pin
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GeneralWTFOTD Part 6 Pin
Michael Dunn30-Dec-04 8:20
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GeneralWTFOTD Part \/ Pin
Michael Dunn15-Oct-04 13:38
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GeneralHey, you got your marketing in my IDE! Or, solution for what? Pin
Michael Dunn5-Oct-04 14:16
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