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Meet the Youngest Ever Microsoft Systems Engineer

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This is Marco Calasan. He's nine years old, and with his four Microsoft certificates he is the youngest Microsoft systems engineer in the world.

Marco describes himself as a regular kid who likes to hang out and play with his friends. However, as CNN learned when they went to visit him at his school, Marco Calasan is anything but ordinary; the boy is a computer genius.

Showing CNN's Anna Coren around the computer lab at his school, Marco talks about IPTV, the content delivery system he set up all by himself; how he streams high quality video throughout Macedonia; and provides a service for the country's disabled. Each of Marco's achievements is more impressive than the last. So much so, that we hardly surprised to learn he's also written a 312-page book on Windows 7.

Fluent in three languages and learning a fourth, Marco's grasp of the English language along with his vocabulary boggled Coren as he revealed that later in the month, he will travel from his home in Macedonia to Montenegro where the government has asked him to give a presentation on his IPTV system.

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    Lewis57 , 21 May 2010 05:13
    "His brain functions at a higher level compared to other children his age"

    It functions at a higher level than mine too. Damn, some people get all the skill.
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    excalibur1814 , 21 May 2010 05:36
    It takes more than four certs to be an MCSA or MCSE.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab2
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcsa.aspx#tab2

    Thanks

    P.s. Impressive kid, hope he goes far!
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    redkachina , 21 May 2010 05:38
    The kid behind him @ 3.08 opens Toms Hardware lol
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    Alatheia00 , 21 May 2010 06:17
    I wouldn't use microsoft cert as a barometer of intelligence but it is amazing how the next generation have an great understanding of hardware and software and downloading illegal torrents.
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    darraghcoy , 21 May 2010 07:34
    Heh... This makes me realise something. I'm sure tech workers out there can relate to this... :) 

    I think I finally understand why a lot of source code in the industry is so messy and convoluted. The guys who wrote it are 'protecting' their jobs against the up and coming generation, (some of which) are going to have a much better understanding of the technology than they do- because they were born with it. They hope that by being the only ones to understand their work, they will somehow remain relevant, and still be needed.

    I curse such code at the moment, but in time I will probably do the same. In time this kid will too. It is the natural cycle of life. But oh, how we do love to fight it... If ever in doubt: obfuscate! obfuscate! obfuscate! :) 
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    mi1ez , 21 May 2010 16:39
    Note to self: Must try harder...
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    Anonymous , 21 May 2010 18:50
    Pity he looks like a girl.


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    tstebbens , 21 May 2010 20:37
    darraghcoyHeh... This makes me realise something. I'm sure tech workers out there can relate to this... I think I finally understand why a lot of source code in the industry is so messy and convoluted.


    I don't agree with this. A good programmer takes pride in their work. Programming is an art form and producing a piece of clear, concise, efficient code makes you feel proud and gives you a real buzz.

    However, just like an art form such as painting, each programmer has a different style, different skill set, etc, etc. It is very rare for any piece of code to be developed entirely by one programmer over its lifetime. Therefore, your once mighty masterpiece of programming gets twisted and convoluted and obfuscated in to a complete mess.

    Throw in changing requirements, deadline pressures, mis-understandings, bad documentation, etc. and very soon you have something that you would be better off taking round the back and shooting to put out of its misery.

    Imagine if every artists of note after Leonardo da Vinci added a bit to the Mona Lisa. What would we end up with? I'll bet it wouldn't be hanging on the wall of the Louvre now, that's for sure!
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    ksampanna , 21 May 2010 21:56
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    Pity he looks like a girl.


    Ya, well I still have my doubts. Anyway, we can assume that what we've read is what is actual, since I don't think any girl could've done this
    :p 
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    Anonymous , 22 May 2010 03:01
    Macedonia is Greek.
    Obviously you mean FYROM.