Microsoft interview

Buddy Brannan davros at
Wed Feb 28 13:24:25 EST 2001

 An unemployed man goes to apply for a job with Microsoft as a janitor.
 The manager there arranges for him to take an aptitude test
 (SectionFloors, sweeping and cleaning).

 After the test, the manager says, "You will be employed at minimum wage,

 $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address, so that I can send you a

 form to complete and tell you where to report for work on your
 first day.

 Taken aback, the man protests that he has neither a computer nor
 an e-mail address. To this the MS manager replies, "Well, then, that
 means that you virtually don't exist and can therefore hardly expect
 to be employed.

 Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having only
 $10 in his wallet, he decides to buy a 25 lb flat of tomatoes at the
 supermarket.  Within less than 2 hours, he sells all the tomatoes
 individually at 100% profit.  Repeating the process several times
 more that day, he ends up with almost $100 before going to sleep
 that night.  And thus it dawns on him that he could quite easily
 make a living selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and
 going to bed late, he multiplies his profits quickly.

 After a short time he acquires a cart to transport several dozen
 boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again so that he can
 buy a pick-up truck to support his expanding business. By the end
 of the second year, he is the owner of a fleet of pick-up trucks and
 manages a staff of a hundred former unemployed people, all
 selling tomatoes.

 Planning for the future of his wife and children, he decides to buy
 some life insurance.  Consulting with an insurance adviser, he
 picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end
 of the telephone conversation, the adviser asks him for his e-mail
 address in order to send the final documents electronically.

 When the man replies that he has no e-mail, the adviser is stunned,
 "What, you don't have e-mail? How on earth have you managed to
 amass such wealth without the Internet, e-mail and e-commerce?
 Just imagine where you would be now, if you had been connected
 to the internet from the very start!"

 After a moment of thought, the tomato millionaire replied, "Why,
 of course!  I would be a floor cleaner at Microsoft!"

  Moral of this story

 1. The Internet, e-mail and e-commerce do not need to rule your life.

 2. If you don't have e-mail, but work hard, you can still become a

 3. Seeing that you got this story via e-mail, you're probably closer
    to becoming a janitor than you are to becoming a millionaire.

 4. If you do have a computer and e-mail, you have already been
 taken  to the cleaners by Microsoft.

----- End forwarded message -----

Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV    | I choose you to take up all of my time.
Email: davros at | I choose you because you're funny and kind
Phone: (972) 276-6360    | I want easy people from now on.
                         | --the Nields

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