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Hi. My name is Craig Rowland. I'm one of the program managers on the Windows Driver Kits team. I've been at Microsoft for almost eight years now. I've moved around between groups but have always been doing work related to Windows and driver

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    Windows XP and Server 2003 logos in the DTM

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    A hot topic of discussion today was support for Windows XP and Server 2003 logo testing in the WDK. I actually had slides on this in the presentation I used, but I pulled them because I figured driver developers wouldn't really care. Anyway, we are going...
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    Technology in the morning

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    We're doing a WDK presentation this morning for a bunch of driver development groups. When we arrived yesterday we discovered that each attendee had been provided with two systems, a laptop and a 64-bit system connected via cross-over cable. We decided...
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    What in the world is going on?

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    First we heard the rumors that Microsoft was buying AOL and now this ...Windows will run on Palm devices! What's next?
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    Company meeting

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    A lot of people have been asking me to share my thoughts on the company meeting. First, Safeco Field was very cold. I know everyone from the mid-west thinks we're whimps for calling 60 degrees cold, but it was. It was actually very plesant outside but...
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    Company meeting today

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    I have a love-hate relationship with the company meeting. Microsoft has three big company-wide events each year, the holiday party, picnic and the company meeting. I usually make it to two a year. If I don't I really miss it because I always walk away...
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    Predictive Markets

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    The Google Blog has a rather un-interesting post on how Google uses predictive markets to gleen important information from their collective minds. Microsoft Research has been running predictive markets for some time now. I personally participated in one...
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    Success for ASI

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    I received an email yesterday from one of the TAP sites we visited last month in Silicon Valley. They've made ASI their primary mechanism for deploying operating systems to system in their logo testing lab. This is a lab with significant automation, on...
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    Getting RSS feeds for search terms

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    Morten pointed out to me the RSS feeds that are available on the Google Blog search page. This allows you to subscribe to a blog search feed; cool! As you may have guessed, Google Blog search has created a bit of conversation internally as well. I said...
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    ASI Security tips up our customers

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    When we decided to retire the HCT, DDK, DCT and IFS and replace them with one kit, the WDK, on of the main focuses was moving the driver development community to the same tools we use internally to develop and test drivers. The benefits of this strategy...
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    Google blog search: I don't get it.

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    I'm sure I'm not the first one to tell you Google has launched a blog search tool . I really don't get it though. Blogs always showed up in Google searches. Google Search on "Windows Driver Kit." Google Blog Search on "Windows Driver Kit." ...
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    Steve Carbone gives Ximage a try

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    I think he liked it.
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    LA Power Outage

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    I guess the LA Times has confirmed the power outage was caused by an employee who cut the wrong cable. So much for my theory that it was all the PDC attendees charging up their portable devices when arriving at their hotels.
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    Preview new draft of the WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide

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    Here is the latest draft of the WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide. Please let me know what helps, what doesn't and what is still needed. By the way, it will look better when it's in the kit, it is just too much work to fix the formatting...
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    eBay buys Skype

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    There has been a lot of action in the IP phone business lately. It won't be long before that business explodes and somebody is going to become very rich. Unfortunately for owners of eBay I think the announcement that Skype has been purchased is an opportunity...
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    How easy is this: installing additional drivers

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    One of the things that became very obvious while working with customers last week was that our support for adding drivers via ASI isgoing to be critical. Here are two common scenarios I saw. Install the ASI server. Copy Windows XP to the server...
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    Wireless at the ballpark

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    Last week we were able to take a side trip to SBC park in San Francisco to catch a ballgame. SBC is now my favoriate park . That was the second out of town park I've been able to visit this year and both had fee WiFi at the park. This led me to ask, why...
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    Architect is not a verb

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    Devhawk has a post on one of my pet peeves, the use of the word “architect” as a verb; people say “architecting.” I also find the debate about what an architect is and does to be interesting. One of my mentors here at Microsoft started his...
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    Changing ASI server defaults

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    As you know, I was in Silicon Valley last week showing customers the DTM and ASI. One thing I had to explain over and over was the server defaults in ASI. For most people, the first OS they put on their ASI server is Windows XP. The built-in default for...
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    Features, Features, Features!

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    Our first day in Silicon Valley was very producive. We have a whole list of feature ideas as a result of watching customers use our product in their environment. Here are some of the more realistic and interesting possibilities. Please let me know if...
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    Excellent Vista imaging article

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    Thanks again to Paul Thurrott.
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    The unsigned driver warning

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    This is the best story I've ever heard about somebody trying to get around the unsigned driver dialog box. Actually, I get a lot of hits on my blog from search engines where people have searched on strings such as "how to get around Windows logo testing...
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    Warning: long day ahead

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    We're going to Silicon Valley next week. I’m pretty psyched because our partners are flying people in from all over the country to learn about the DTM and our deployment tools. In an effort to get in a full day of work Monday we’ve booked a flight that...
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    Start.com blogs

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    As you know, I'm a big fan of Start.com . It is disappointing to me how little traffic there is on the Start.com news blog . However, if you follow the links to the blogs written by the individual team members you get much better content. Stever Rider...
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    How to write a non-fiction best seller: chapter 4 review

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    Chapter 4 This chapter mostly makes the case that blogs are a better way to get your message out than traditional media because you don't have a reporter in the middle to edit you ideas and get the facts wrong. Also, they make the case that blogs are...
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    DTM Controller must be in the System pool

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    One thing that has thrown me for a loop more than once is the fact that you see the DTM controller in Studio's Job Monitor UI. In order to work properly, the controller must be in the System pool. DTM setup puts it in the System pool automatically, well...
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