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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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    Fiddler for HTTP inspection/debugging

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    Via the IE team blog , it's Fiddler ! This tool looks great. When I worked on the Sharepoint Portal Server client components, I often spent a lot of time with the Windows Newtork Monitor tool, sniffing HTTP packets to see what requests Office XP or other...
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    VSLive Smart Client demo

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    We had a good time with Soma's keynote at VSLive, and the folks at Fawcette have made the talk available via streaming media (and the transcript is over here ). Craig Neable represented our evangelism team as the demo jock, walking through our good-better...
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    Chubby clients

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    Soma , the VP of our Developer Division, mentioned last month that he’d be talking about Smart Clients at VS Live next week . I’m one of the lucky few folks in the evangelism team who got to help build the smart client demo that Soma will use during that...
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    Evangelism and credibility

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    I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but finding Rosyna’s post (thanks, Feedster!) finally provided the motivation I needed. In reference to my WinFS post from last April , she writes “I can't help by [sic] chortle demonically as I read...
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    When Shared Documents aren't

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    I just spent an hour helping a friend debug the strangest problem I've seen here at the Friends And Family Helpdesk. John sent me an email asking why his Shared Documents folder had been renamed to Documents, and why he now gets Access Denied errors every...
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    Whidbey MSDN docs

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    I spent a frustrating few minutes googling (and MSNSearching) for the online class reference and samples for the Whidbey version of WinForms . I couldn't get any promising hits from my searches. But a little manual searching turned up the complete reference...
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    Evangelism jobs available

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    Our team is looking to hire some new evangelists. Here are the details and links to information on the Microsoft.com jobs site. We are starting to interview for some of these positions, so if you’re interested, 1) apply via the website, and 2) send me...
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    InfoWorld Top 100 IT projects of 2004

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    A colleague sent around a link to InfoWorld’s write-up of their top 100 IT projects for 2004 : “ As judges, our editors have an explicit bias toward multiple technologies used in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. ” The web site links...
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    Useful, and free: Lookout, XP Backup

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    Nothing better than finding a couple of free utilities that are actualy useful. Lookout : this is a local search client that integrates with Outlook. I am quite impressed, it took about 15 minutes to index my exchange content, plus a couple .pst archives...
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    SP2 working well for me

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    With SP2 released and available via Windows Update, I wanted to update all my machines. Here's my brief summary of how my upgrades went. Home machine #1: Toshiba Portege R100. Upgraded from XP SP1 to SP2 via Windows Update. Results: Flawless. Install...
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    BusinessWeek on the LH changes

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    I hadn't seen this one referenced anywhere else...so here it is , with no additional comments from me ;) And then it seems like Jay Greene expanded on this original reporting for an article in the magazine, now available via Yahoo! . I wish he'd talked...
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    What happened to WinFS?

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    Friday’s announcement has left a lot of people asking what happened to WinFS? The short answer is: nothing. But a lot happened to Windows. As I explained in my previous post, the customer and developer feedback we’ve been getting was consistent on two...
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    What happened to Longhorn?

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    Well, that was an exciting announcement. There’s a good CNET interview with BillG that provides insight into the decision. Here’s my perspective on what happened We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers about WinFX. Among the things we heard: Indigo...
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    Jon Udell's blogs turn into a cover story

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    Jon Udell has turned his series of blog entries on Longhorn into an InfoWorld cover story . His editor makes the point that the blogging drove some great discussion and contributions to the final article. It’s cool to see that discussions I took...
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    Allocating aligned memory in Windows

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    A question came up on an internal alias about allocating memory blocks along page alignments, and it was harder than I expected to find the answer. So here is the link to _aligned_malloc on MSDN , and now Google can work its magic. http://msdn.microsoft...
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    Back from vacation

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    My blog has been quiet the past few weeks because of travel, both for work and vacation. If your idea of a nice vacation is spending a week in the sun, with ocean, pool and kitchen only a few steps away from each other, you might enjoy Ocean Palms as...
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    When a journalist blogs, is it journalism? or blogging?

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    Random thought that hit me as I was reading Jon Udell's blog entries on Longhorn. What's the difference between his blog entries, and his news analysis pieces or columns in InfoWorld? They seem to be of the same caliber of writing and analysis. Is it...
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    Did I misunderstand Udell's argument against WinFS?

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    Several responses to my last post on Jon Udell’s entries on WinFS suggest that I didn’t get the Jon's point at all. Dare wrote “ You missed his point almost completely .” And David (no blog link provided) said “ Next time...
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    Jon Udell questions the value and direction of WinFS

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    Jon Udell at InfoWorld is doing a series of blog entries on Longhorn. Feedster just discovered his first one, from Wednesday on the justifcation for WinFS defining a new way to manage metadata . It's a well written entry, and deserves a well thought...
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    Smart client bonanza

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    I came across a bunch of smart client links today, perhaps these will be of interest to some of you. Beta versions of smart client patterns and practicies guide, including suggested usage of the Offline Application Block The just-released Smart...
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    Evangelizing security in XP SP2

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    I spent a bit of time recently away from Longhorn evangelism, in order to help with some XP SP2 evangelism. It sounds kind of funny to talk about evangelizing a service pack, I suppose, but SP2 has some pretty significant new security features in it....
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    What? They cut WinFS??

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    There has been a great deal of hubub about what Jay Greene’s BusinessWeek article means for Longhorn, and WinFS in particular. I’ve been surprised by the general silence on MS blogs on this topic – which is perhaps an indication that...
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    "You work for crooks, Jeremy"

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    I got into an interesting discussion in the comments on Dan Gillmor’s column about Microsoft’s behavior. Dan concludes that “Microsoft won’t reform itself.” Because I like my job and don’t like sitting in depositions...
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    A WinFS scenario from someone other than me...

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    ...and he's a real developer, even! Dan Crevier, an architect on the People & Groups team on Longhorn, has posted a write up of how WinFS would have helped him on his last software project.
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    When good ideas look bad

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    Chris’s blog has been particularly good at making clear the process a product team will go through to try to ship a product that meets their users’ needs. Certainly on the product teams I worked on, we made decisions based on what would be...
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