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Nomex: Hi stbk
As there's been no cache to find for months, I'm temporarily archiving this to keep it from continually showing up in search lists. Just contact us when you have the cache repaired, [RED]and assuming it still meets the guidelines[/RED], we'll be happy to unarchive it.

You may email me at via the link to my profile on the log. [red]Please be sure to include the cache name and GCxxxx number, or better yet, the URL of the cache page.[/red]

Thanks for your cooperation!
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SVC: Microsoft in the Valley

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Hidden : 4/15/2005
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Geocache Description:

Cache is NOT at the posted coordinates. It is within 1.5 miles.

Find answers to the questions below to determine the actual cache location.

Many people think that Microsoft does all of its product development up in Redmond, Washington. Not true. There are several other locations where the MS products you know and love (well, you probably know them at least ) are made. One of the largest locations is right here in Silicon Valley. It's known as the Silicon Valley Campus, or just SVC.

Groups located down here include:

  • Powerpoint
  • Hotmail
  • Microsoft TV
  • MSN TV (the successor to WebTV)
  • Xbox (most of this is based in Redmond, though)
The cache is located at N37 2A.BCD W122 0E.FGH.

To determine the actual coordinates of the cache, you'll need to learn a little more about the campus and some of the companies that are the ancestors of the groups here.

A: Showing great foresight, Microsoft bought the company that made Powerpoint quite a while ago. The name of the company makes you think of a number. That number is A.

B: Microsoft bought the company that made Powerpoint in the eighties. The last digit of the year in which they purchased the company is B.

C: One of the founders of WebTV (and a really wonderful guy) died at a tragically young age not long ago. The last digit of the year he died is C.

D: WebTV Networks was purchased for XYZ million dollars.

D = X + Y + Z - 3.

E: Microsoft established its Bay Area Research Center in 19XY. (Note that I am not referring to Microsoft Research Silicon Valley here.)

E = X - Y.

F: F is the fourth digit of the zip code of the Silicon Valley Campus.

G: The street number of the main street address of the Silicon Valley Campus is WXYZ.

G = Y - Z - W.

H: The Silicon Valley Campus opened in 19XY.

H = X - Y.

Happy googling! If you're feeling adventurous, you could even try searching for the answers on Microsoft's new search engine:

[4/16/05 -- Sounds this one is harder to find than I expected, so I added a bit of a hint.]
[4/18/05 -- More of a hint on the final location. This one isn't supposed to be that hard.]

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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