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Microsoft Student Insider – Programming

That’s right, I was recently accepted into Microsoft’s new Student Insider program, assigned to the programming subject field. What does this mean exactly? Well, I’ll be asked to write blog posts about different Microsoft products, services, events, and technology platforms. In exchange, they provide me with free software, hardware, such as the Asus Eee 1008HA or the Flip UltraHD Camcorder, training, and travel to events like the MiX conference in Las Vegas.

The Student Insider Program is brand spanking new, and is being run by Hilary Pike and Jessica Anderson. I’m very excited to work with them over the next six months, and I feel that this will be a great experience for all parties involved.

One thing I must stress, though, is this new Student Insider position will in no way sway the opinion’s posted on this blog. I will remain objective, and always talk about the good and bad parts of each product I am asked to review.

And that’s about that. I’ll have more information at the end of the month, after I meet with the rest of the Student Insiders at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Until then, expect me to update content more frequently. In my next few blog posts, I’ll be outlining how students at both the High School and University level can gain access to free, educational use, software.

Until then,
Patrick Godwin

Excuses, Excuses…

Hey, turns out I have a blog. Who’d have thought.

I really must apologize for my not updating. I’m sure i could come up with plenty of excuses, but where would that get us? So instead, I’m going to give a brief update as to what is going on.

First and foremost: Happy New Year! 2009 was an interesting and hectic year. We saw history made when Barrack Obama was inaugurated as the first African American president. We had quite a few notable celebrities pass away this year, which got more news time then most issues.
It was also a very good year for social media. Since I joined Twitter, I saw many of my friends from school joining. I’ve also seen many people joining, Facebook. What this has taught me: Social Networking is here to stay.
It was also an exciting year for technology. This year we saw Microsoft announce Project Natal, release Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and 2, and the Zune HD. I was very excited to see these technologies released, and I can safely say I’ve gotten to play with all except Project Natal.
But 2009 had it’s low points. Most notable: the economy. It’s been a hard couple of years, and there is more to come. But we will get through it.
Now, seeing as it is 2010, I should make a New Years resolution, no? Well, I think I can make two very simple resolutions: Blog more, and write more code. Like I said, I could create multiple excuses as to why I have not done either of these lately, but where would that get me? So instead, I’m just going to work harder at it.

In closing, I’d like to give shout-outs to people online.

  • LittleKuriboh: You are awesome. You created a YouTube sensation, and have always brought a smile to my face. I wish you the best in the new year, and once again congratulate you on your Open Web Award.
  • Kelson Thomas: You always spark interesting conversation, be it on Twitter, in class, or over IM. You’ve made 2009 a hoot and a half.
  • Eric Hawtin: You’ve been just as entertaining as Kelson. You always keep Twitter alive and provide good (well not always) input to our conversations, and I thank you for that.
  • Microsoft: We saw this coming. They had a great year in releases, and I look forward to seeing what they will do in 2010.
  • Alfred Thompson: You always have interesting resources for students, and you always write interesting blog posts. You’ve had me scratching my chin more then once. I thank you, and wish you the best in 2010

I could go on for hours, listing the people who made 2009 a good year, but I won’t, as that would take up a few pages.

In closing, I’d like to thank everyone for an awesome year, and I am excited to work with you all in 2010. You’ve all been great, and I am keeping my head high for the next 365 days.

Thanks for reading,
Patrick Godwin