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    Windows Server 2008 is called SP1. Adventures in doing things right?

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    I had a bunch of people internally ask me why Windows Server shows it's version as Windows Server 2008 SP1 (for brevity - WS08).  I will explain it, but I wanted to use the Writer feature that allows me to insert pictures.  Who says anything...
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    I must be a sinner...

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    I was away for a while. Had chrimbo, et al, & then went to aussie for ~3 weeks in january. makes me a slacker. After i came back i had a week in the office & then did a course with some folks from Wharton last week. That, & disappointing snow...
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    not posted for a while...

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    i'm still alive. been spending a bunch of time on msi - super stuff - but a bunch of inherant issues. custom actions end up being a compatibility problem but is all anyone ever wants to do. setup is always a weird place on every project i've worked on...
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    Dealing with management...

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    I will admit i say this stuff with a forked tounge, seeing my hair is increasingly moving to having dual pointy bits. One problem i always have is keeping management type people involved in a project consistently over time. Reality is if they are constantly...
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    Process.1

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    Much of the wisdom relating to the development process is well known, but it deserves repeating. Often the difference between in and out of control is in the details. Not using milestones and milestone reviews Virtually every team at Microsoft divides...
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    Show reviews: Death Cab for Cutie.Paramount Theater.Seattle.11092004

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    Up front, I gotta say Death Cab for Cutie's was Transatlanticism one of my favorite cds of the last year. I had it on my ipod snowboarding last winter & it will for a long wile be one of my favorite powder day cd - it's odd how a slower cd works so...
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    So, does this work?

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    I've been wondering if this whole blogging thing is worth it. Back in Windows 2000 we had the problem of people leaking our internal mails (usually direct to Mary Jo Foley at eWeek). My opinion of how we should handle was to send them every mail - over...
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    Bottoms up? not really...

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    One of the more reliable predictors of the health of a project can be to determine where the schedule came from. If the schedule came from anywhere other than the people who will actually do the work (with appropriate buffering applied), it is wrong....
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    Whoo! Windows Server 2008 is released

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    There will be a bunch of news & posts around this today. We came in super early & the finals sign offs for the release off this morning. Steve Ballmer gave a talk to the financial communities Today is a fun day for us - not one that comes along...
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    Beta 3 - signed off

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    This afternoon we signed off Longhorn server Beta 3. i did a channel9 ( http://channel9.msdn.com ) video on the sign off which should be out really soon. its a great release & i have to give props out to all involved in making this. thanks! I think...
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    101

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    I realized this OneNote they put in the latest version of office is actually a good tool to just rip a line in this thing. I was listening to Tom Wait's Alice, but moved onto Nick Cave's best of…) Nick Cave had to be one of the loudest shows I've ever...
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    Process.2

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    Not tracking some metrics It’s easy to get carried away with tracking bug counts, lines of code, person-hours per bug fixed, and on and on, but that’s not a big risk here at Microsoft. We tend to be so anti-bureaucracy, that we shun this kind of process...
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    stuff

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    Continuing on with the old doc I found on out of control projects, here is the next installment. It's not by me - it was written by Chris Williams in 1995. This section is called Product: It’s often easy to look at the product itself and judge whether...
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    Show Review:Tom Waits.paramount.Seattle.10182004

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    Last night dive bars in Seattle had a bad night. The Tom Waits show at the Paramount caused a clear out of bitter old barflys form their normal haunts & had them lying in gutters downtown in droves. Waits tours very rarely (last time was 1999 - he...
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    Focus

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    A couple of weeks ago my friend, Dean Hachamovitch (a man with a particularly tough job - he runs the Internet Explorer group - he took it over earlier this year so it's not all his fault - check out this video he did on channel9 http://channel9.msdn...
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    music

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    here is stuff i like (randomly): category 1 best records of all time: Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden . weird & strange record i first heard in i guess around 1986 or something. i think it was winter in sydney & it changed my head space. i think it...
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    Team

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    Continuing on with Chris williams old old doc, this section is all about: Team The caliber of the team was often called out by the interviewees as a key success factor. While this is relatively obvious, the signs of a problem in this area are less so...
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    Magic Dates?

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    A warning sign of a bogus schedule is magic dates. Such dates tend be in two forms, the “when do you need it” form, and the “would you look at that” form. The “when do you need it” form of magic date is the schedule date that miraculously meets the date...
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    Schedule not detailed enough

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    If the schedule is in increments longer than a week (five work days), per person, the schedule is not detailed enough. Letting people run without a schedule checkpoint weekly is risking their being off by as much as a week. Compound that by all the people...
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    photo blogs

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    A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, (to keep him anonymous lets just refer to him as Christian Kline of Seattle, WA) has a really cool photo blog http://www.scrapofpaper.com/blog/impermanence.html he will hate me for pointing people at his site...
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    Jane gets press...

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    Jane Huxley - one of the funnest people i've worked with at MS is bailing. She was top of my list of the people who never moved to the US who would have done super well here if she had. My best memories of working with Jane are probably now for writing...
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    Exchange 4.0 - 10 years on...

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    Exchange 4.0 shipped on March 13, 1996. Someone asked me the other day if I was going to start blogging again. I thought I had never stopped, but I saw my last entry was in October, so I guess I did… The funniest thing I see up on my last...
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    Stuff I think is cool In Longhorn Server #1- Server Core.

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    I am starting up a series of things I think people would be interested in getting ready for with Longhorn Server. The first is one that a number of people seem to like – Server Core My next ones are about Read Only Domain Controller & Bitlocker on...
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    Speaking this week at Microsoft RDP Confrence & WinHEC

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    Today I am doing an Industry panel at the RDP confrence & directly after I get ot do the second keynote of the day. I think they put me on at 2pm so i can wake people up. Tonight i am going down to LA for the WinHEC Confrence - I am doing some...
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    Cat's out of the bag - Windows Server 2008

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    Today Bill Gates announced the real name for Longhorn Server – Windows Server 2008. I suppose people are going to call us boring for keeping the naming convention from previous releases. It’s a server, what da ya expect? We did a naminig video while we...
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