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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Process.3

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    Missing the finer points of process control Few teams truly handle all aspects of their process well. This is not a fatal flaw, but it can be used as an indicator of the maturity of the development team. There are many fine points that should not be overlooked...
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    Weird how people get stuff wrong

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    One of the aussies sent me this http://apcmag.com/6121/windows_server_gets_vista_version_itis In the article it is said that Vista would be the last 32 bit release. That comment was regarding Server. We in server don't speak for client &, as far...
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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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    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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    Nikon D50

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    I haven't posted for a while - I will post stuff I did for a 'project management @ Microsoft" talk I did last week. However, my wife got me a new camera for my birthday, a Nikon D50. I have used digital cameras for a while - mostly a Canon PhotoShot...
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    Heh heh - Windows Server blog one of the ugliest pages on the Internet...

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    Today the Register called the Windows Server blog a 'a candidate for ugliest pages on the internet' - I feel this is a challenge. I think this is obviously a challenge i can, as a designer of some of the worst UI known to man, exceed.
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    Like that CTP? There is more where that came from...

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    Last week, we posted another trial build of Windows Server "Longhorn" - so far there are about 3000 people who have downloaded it & we're pretty happy with the way it looks. There are more builds coming out in the near future. Personally, I would...
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    Dates & navel gazing...

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    You may have seen a bunch of noise today around dates & Windows Server 2008. Seeing it is my group ' s job to shepherd the release out the door, I thought I would enter the fray. This is kinda the non story of the year because our launch date is exactly...
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    Lost in translation? Lost in Yokohama

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    I’m sitting here in Yokohama, Japan in the middle of rehearsals for my keynote of Tech-Ed Japan. Honestly, getting the big room is both easier and harder than you’d expect. It’s easier because you have a bunch of demos that other people have to do so...
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