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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.



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GeneralVideo game-related reading recommendations Pin
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Sticking with the "Blast from the Past" theme (I sound like a bad radio DJ), I give two big thumbs up for two video game publications well worth your time:
The Ultimate History of Video Games[^]
A huge (600+ pages) and extremely well-written history of the video game industry, starting in the pre-Pong era and ending in 2000. It's a great read and literally hard to put down. If you were around for the initial 80's boom but weren't keeping up with the politics and flying lawsuits (for example, Nintendo vs. Universal over Donkey Kong being too close to King Kong) this book will be especially enlightening. If you're a youngun' who has never had a computer slower than 300 MHz, well... Poke tongue | ;-P

Behind the Games: Daikatana[^]
Getting a little more modern, this is a long article on probably the second-biggest modern game debacle (Duke Nukem Forever being #1), documenting the beginning of Ion Storm and what the game went through during the years of development.

Personal stuff:: Ericahist | Homepage
Shareware stuff:: 1ClickPicGrabber | RightClick-Encrypt
CP stuff:: CP SearchBar v2.0.2 | C++ Forum FAQ

If my rhyme was a drug, I'd sell it by the gram.
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GeneralWhat's an "Ericahist"??? Pin
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GeneralWhat blogs do I read? Pin
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