While I don't support Microsoft, I think the whole tirade has been a bit
overplayed and not particularly relevant to the ad:
* The ad was specifically for an SE to create software titles, not develop
next-generation OS system software. Anyone who thinks they'd be hired
to do this in Australia is even less with it than Billy-boy himself.
* The ad did not specify that responsibility level the position carried -
I can't imagine anyone almost fresh from Uni being put in charge of any
serious large scale development at Microsoft.
* The ad did not say "we want people with one year's experience" in the first
place. It specified "a minimum of one year's experience developing Windows
applications in C/C++" - which means firstly that more is desired, and
secondly that the applicant may have 10 years experience developing smalltalk
So can we stop beating on this particular ad? I actually appreciate
getting these ads even if I don't want the position, as it's useful to keep
in touch with the market. I saw no difference with this ad than normal
If we want to beat up on Microsoft, here's some ideas:
* They copied every good UI idea they ever had from Mac OS
* They strangle the OS market with their monopolistic marketing strategies
* They spend enormous amounts of money creating a false public image that
(astonishingly) actually seems to work - including convincing so-called
industry pundits and commentators to come out with the most ridiculous crap
imaginable (try reading the tuesday Australian)
>Who the hell wants to work in the computing industry anyway?
There is that. But I think you mean "the business computing industry". At
many Unis, there is a research computing culture flourishing like a field
of Monetic wildflowers in springtime. At UTS, there is a cactus with
spikes and a hard skin. It's ugly but it's the only thing that can survive
with so little water...