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Hanselminutes Podcast 131 - Jeff Webb - The guy who lowercased Basic

October 19, '08 Comments [2] Posted in Podcast
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Jeff Webb My one-hundred-and-thirty-first podcast is up.

Well, actually a few weeks ago, but I totally forgot to update my website with the details. You'd think somewhere around 100 shows I'd had automated this somehow. Hm. If I only I know a programmer and the data was available in some kind of universal structure syndication format…;)

Today we reminisce with Jeff Webb about the very early years of Basic and Visual Basic at Microsoft. What was it like to work just a few offices down from BillG? When did Basic stop being ALL CAPS?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Monday, October 20, 2008 4:34:20 AM UTC
This podcast had a moment that nearly caused me to swerve off the road. As the show was winding down, the topic of fishing came up, and Jeff asked you how your father did on a recent fishing trip. You said, "You know, (thoughtful pause). I don't care." I'm not sure why it struck me as so funny -- maybe the guileless honesty, or maybe because I find fishing about as engaging as watering the yard -- but the only other podcast that has ever made me laugh like that was by Ricky Gervais.
Rob Collins
Monday, October 20, 2008 3:11:56 PM UTC
I'm with Rob. Luckily, I had just parked the car when I heard that line.

Also, I thought the episode was really interesting. There were a lot of great stories and a lot of laughs, but for some reason, you never seemed to laugh at the same time. Some sort of impedence mismatch there or something. Like you were watching two comedy movies merged into one, with one set of jokes triggering Scott, one set triggering Jeff, and the cross section being the empty set. Highly entertaining to this listener, at least. And the content was great, too.
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