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February 1, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Allchin’s retirement plans: Use SQL to sort kids’ Legos

Other projects on his list: finish the Windows logo latch hook rug, pitch Vista to customers at Apple’s store in Bellevue and improve the carpool queuing system at his kids’ school.

They were among the entries on Allchin’s new schedule, which he posted last night at the Vista team blog. It began like this:

7:00 AM: Breakfast with my sons. Ended up doing a product comparison review of the various cereals we had in our pantry. Sugar does beat the natural stuff and my suspicions about the impact of packaging on the post purchase experience were spot on. It turns out the box does matter.

7:40 AM: Kids off to school.

7:45 AM: Went to check e-mail. Only two pieces.

7:46 AM: Checked network connection to see why I am not getting any e-mail. Everything working perfectly.

8:00 AM: Went to clean up the playroom so that it’s organized for when the kids get home. Ended up building an application to sort the Legos using a SQL Server backend and a Windows Presentation Foundation front-end on Windows Vista. Can’t decide whether the primary index of the database should be color or size of the piece. While searching the web discovered that Lego means “I put together” in Latin.

9:30 AM: Spent 45 minutes looking around the house for the big refrigerator with the free soda just like Microsoft — was unable to find it.

10:15 AM: Worked on my Windows logo latch hook rug — another couple days and I’ll finish the red.

11:00 AM: Watched Rachael Ray — god is she engaging. Maybe she should do the launch of the next version of Windows.

11:30 AM: Checked mail again. No messages.

11:31 AM: Turned off spam filter.

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