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Microsoft has lost some employees to rival Google but only a "handful," according to Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Windows platform division.

"We lost some people who went to Google, who we didn't want to lose," he said during a University of Washington forum last week.

Allchin also talked about Microsoft's ability to recruit top talent from universities.

"I do believe our campus recruiting might be not as much of a grand slam as it was the last two years, but we're still doing pretty well," he said.

He didn't mention whether the demise of Microsoft stock options was a factor.

Nerd in tennis shoes

Sen. Patty Murray got geeky with the tech executives and university brass at the same forum, sponsored by TechNet and the Technology Alliance.

Fighting malware

Sales of anti-spyware software are expected to grow from $12 million in 2003 to $305 million in 2008.

Source: IDC

Murray said her family was the first on the block to get a computer, back in 1981. The former secretary said she immediately realized how useful it could be for word processing.

At the time she was a stay-at-home mom, and she also used the machine to play games when she had a break.


Hewlett-Packard has an appropriately named Windows expert on staff: Tony Redmond, an authority on Exchange Server, is vice president and chief technology officer of HP's consulting business.

We're waiting for a profile in Redmond magazine, the tech trade publication that debuted in October.

Wales watch

Could Wales be the new tech hot spot? Stars seem to be aligning for the land known more for slate than silicon.

Last week Microsoft announced the release of a Welsh language pack, making Windows and Office available for the first time in the ancient tongue. Then the British press reported that T-Mobile spokesmodel Catherine Zeta-Jones may buy a struggling Welsh soccer team, Llanelli AFC, that's owned by her uncle.

There's a high-tech precedent: Marconi's first wireless transmission was made in Wales in 1897. Twenty years earlier, Welshman David Edward Hughes successfully transmitted radio waves; he also invented the telegraph printer and early microphone technology.

Spaced out

In addition to the usual blog gobbledygook, MSN's new MSN Spaces blog service had a few interesting entries shortly after its beta debut last week, including this tidbit at "Trippin":

"I did it! Well for the second time. I have finally done it, again! I have told HR that I'm leaving Microsoft for the second, and I hope, the last time. It's not easy leaving a nice warm comfy place but it's become clear that if I'm every going branch out on my own and be able to control my own destiny I have to do this!

"So for the second time I leave and I'm excited about all the possibility that is before me!"

Got gloves?

Ever wonder about those mysterious bits of gunk on your keyboard? To shed light on people's eating habits while using a computer, a British Internet service provider did an informal survey of behavior patterns, then sent a collection of used keyboards to a lab for analysis.

In the survey, 98 percent admitted to having had breakfast, lunch and dinner at their desk, according to a recap published by U.K. tech journal The Register.

More startling was the nutritional content of the average keyboard, which was found to contain bread crumbs, potato-chip fragments, meat, sugar, salt and jam. The lab also found toe and fingernail clippings, grit, glue and pubic hair.

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