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...and we're back. This time with Aaron Erickson, a Technical Sales Specialist with Magenic's Chicago office. Aaron was nice enough to sit down with me while I was in Chicago and answer these NINE Questions.

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1. Where are you from?
Born in El Cajon, CA, grew up in Troutdale, OR.

2. Obviously, I know where you work since I work there as well, but give our readers the 10 second pitch on them anyway. Why would I want to buy the product?
We are a firm that effectively converts IQ points into business results.

3. What brought you to your current employer?
Rocky Lhotka wrote a really great post back in August 2006 that convinced me to throw my hat in the ring (http://www.lhotka.net/weblog/CommentView,guid,440d80eb-533d-425a-9876-3b6e867ccf56.aspx).  Haven't looked back since.

4. I've seen your F# talks and interviews, but that's just one side of you. Tell me something the world doesn't know about Aaron Erickson.
I started out as a Mechanical Engineering major, and was pretty awful.  Computers were much more fun, especially because when you run the tests, you don't risk either injury or destruction of a work product that was expensive to produce.  That, and the fact that I was fired once for trying to expense the book "The Dilbert Principle" in early 1996.  It would have gone through, but I put the book on his desk with post-its on the pages I wanted him to read.  Needless to say, didn't go over well.

5. You went to TechEd2008 (Developers) this year. Was it your first time, and what did you think? Worth going back again?
It was my first time.  I thought it was a great networking opportunity, alongside the chance to learn some perspectives on technology you don't always read on blogs.  I learned, for example, that the new version of visual studio allows you to easily split a DataAdapter and the resulting Typed Dataset into different assemblies.  You don't read about that kind of more mundane stuff on blogs anymore, because it isn't quite as sexy to talk about, but the concept is definitely useful.

6. Lots of folks find equal or greater value in the networking, rather than the sessions. Would you agree?  Did you have a favorite session or event?
Networking, frankly, is the reason in my humble opinion, why you do TechEd.  I enjoyed the Speaker Idol sessions the most, mostly because those guys had the most to prove.

7. I followed a lot of folks on Twitter during TechEd, and it seems like the way to go when out of town. What's your take on Twitter?
I am not the biggest fan of twitter in particular, but I love the idea of a group chat that makes you say your piece in a brief amount of time.  Really matches well with my attention span.  Now (drumroll, cliche about to follow) - if only twitter actually worked most of the time :)

8. Any non-technical hobbies? What are they and why?
a. Running, mostly to stay in shape, but also for the challenge of partaking in an activity with almost no short term benefit.
b. Collecting encyclopedias published in various decades... nothing like reading an entry on the USSR written in the 70s when people thought that the idea would actually work.
c. Politics, as anyone who knows me well and follows my twitter on Tuesday night during election season can attest to.


9. Last of all, any tattoos?
Me flesh is as clean as the wind driven snow :)

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 1:23 PM General Interest , NINE Questions | Back to top


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