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  • Blog Post: 24 years ago today (1985)

    Way back in 1985 I was busy working on MS-DOS 4.0. MS-DOS 4.0 was a multitasking derivative of MS-DOS 2.0 (during 1985 we integrated the changes for MS-DOS 3.1 to MS-DOS 4.1). It’s important to remember the difference between MS-DOS and PC-DOS. PC-DOS was an IBM OS offering which was largely written...
  • Blog Post: 23 years ago today (1986)

    23 years ago, I was working on finishing MS-DOS 4.0 and transitioning to work on MS-DOS 4.1.  We also moved from the original Northup campus to the brand new 4 building campus herein Redmond.  At the time the company mandated that we give up our President’s Day holiday and instead replace it...
  • Blog Post: 20, 21 and 22 years ago (1987-1989)

    Ok, at this point it should be blindingly obvious where this series is going :). In early 1987 I was still working on MS-DOS 4.1, a custom version of DOS for ICL in the UK. I also got married to my wonderful wife Valorie in January. We returned from our honeymoon and I wandered into work after getting...
  • Blog Post: Nineteen years ago today (1990)

    In 1990 I joined the WIndows NT OS/2 team after working on Lan Manager for several years.  I was one of about 4-5 developers who moved from the Lan Manager team to join the much storied NT OS/2 developers.  I still have my copy of the NT OS/2 workbook in my office – it’s a collection of the...
  • Blog Post: Seventeen years ago today (1992)

    I was working on the NT team working on the NT browser.  I was also preparing for my first major vacation in about 8 years – I was going to take 6 weeks off to visit Worldcon in Orlando, spend some time at Disneyworld, and visit my family on the east coast to show off the new baby.  This wasn...
  • Blog Post: Sixteen years ago (1993)

    Sixteen years ago, we were busy finishing up Windows NT 3.1.  On NT, I worked on the browser (network neighborhood) and the CIFS network filesystem, they both had their own challenges.  The NT browser (the computer browser service and bowser.sys (yes the name is NOT a typo)) were my first ...
  • Blog Post: Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen years ago (1994-1998)

    Sorry, I was off on Friday so no post.  1994 was probably the most tumultuous year of my career at Microsoft.  In 1994, I left the NT team to join the “Tiger” team, a research project dedicated to building a media delivery infrastructure (in 1994, this was extremely ambitious since the MPEG...
  • Blog Post: Eleven years ago today (August 1999)

    Eleven years ago, I was in the Exchange group, working on Exchange 2000 (same as 10 years ago :)).  The summer of 1999 was when Microsoft rolled out it’s “Comp2000” system which completely reworked the compensation system at Microsoft.  One of the drastic changes associated with Comp2000 was...
  • Blog Post: Ten years ago today (August 1999)

    In 1999, I was busy working on shipping Exchange 2000.  Most of the work I did on E2K was related to re-engineering the security subsystem for Exchange – the original security subsystem used a custom ACL model, for Exchange 2000, I converted that to use NT style ACLs.  This might have been...
  • Blog Post: Nine years ago today (August 2000)

    The biggest event on my plate in August was that I took taken delivery of a brand spanking new Itanium machine that was intended for 64bit Exchange development :).  We also shipped Exchange 2000 during mid 2000.  2000 was a time of some turmoil for the Exchange store development team – after...
  • Blog Post: Six, Seven and Eight years ago today (August 2003, August 2002, August 2001)…

    Between 2001 and 2002, I was working on the SCP project – SCP was a networking protocol that was designed for an embedded controller that was intended to be used for home automation.  It was a power line carrier based protocol and was designed for an ultra low bandwidth (1 bit per millisecond) link...
  • Blog Post: Five years ago today (August 2004)

    We were busy in the “Longhorn Reset” where we essentially threw away the work we’d previously done for Longhorn and restarted based on a Server 2003 based codebase.  We took the work we’d done for the Longhorn audio engine and reworked it to create the current audio engine we delivered with WIndows...
  • Blog Post: Four years ago today (August 2005)

    I had just finished the Beta3 coding for Windows Vista.  During that time I finished the per-app volume feature work and spent a bunch of time helping other groups finish up their initial coding.  Things were crazy busy, especially during the final weeks as all the features landed.   August...
  • Blog Post: Three years ago today (August 2006)

    Back in the summer of 2006, we were all busy trying to finish Windows Vista.  I actually spent most of July and August writing protocol documentation for old protocols that I’d written many years ago – I’m the principal author of the MS-BRWS document (it’s currently owned by the network team) and...
  • Blog Post: Two years ago today (August 2007)

    I was working on Win7 M1, working on the Capture Monitor feature (which enables the ability to listen to your portable media player on your PC speakers without requiring special hardware support). A good chunk of my time was spent working on the network throttling issue, it required a ton of effort on...
  • Blog Post: One year ago today (August 2008)…

    I was finishing Windows 7 M3 (the build which eventually was delivered at the PDC).  During M3, I spent most of my time working on the “Ducking” feature.  I was working on my PDC presentation , although the slides I had in August bore almost no resemblance to the slides I eventually presented...
  • Blog Post: Tonight’s the night, won’t be just any night.

    Ok, I’m a day late on this one…   Daniel’s summer show opened last night: West Side Story at the Village Theatre Summer Independent .  As usual, the show was amazing.  The young actors playing Tony and Maria (Kyle Anderson and Elise Myette) are extraordinary (especially Elise, her voice...
  • Blog Post: What was Valorie doing last weekend? Competing at the Sweet Adelines Region 13 competition…

    And her performance video just got posted to YouTube…   They came in 8th out of 15 in the competition and won best novice quartet.  And they rocked :).
  • Blog Post: Well Hello Daniel!

    Gaarggghh.  I can't believe I didn't write about this.   Tonight is the first night of previews for Daniel's first show on a professional stage.  He's appearing as a performance intern at the 5th Avenue Theatre 's production of " Hello Dolly! " starring Jenifer Lewis and Pat...
  • Blog Post: If you live in the US, don’t forget to vote today

    It’s a really big deal, regardless of your political persuasion.   Already the MSFT internal mailing lists have been filled with people asking “how long are the lines at my polling place”.  The good news is that the times appear to be pretty good – people seem to be getting in and out in very...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008, Day 4 (and finale)

    Ok, the PDC’s finally over and I’ve had a chance to decompress a bit.  So here’s my day 4 report, only a few days late :). I got up at 6:15, finished packing and schlepped my stuff to the convention center for my tech check at 7:40.   At the tech check, I learned that (a) I wasn’t going to...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008, Day 3

    I got finished late yesterday, so sorry this post is coming so late. Yesterday was yet another blast.  I got up, had a “real” breakfast in the hotel buffet (I’m not sure it was actually better than the breakfast at the PDC though :().  Then I headed over to the conference center.  I spent...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008, Day Two

    Wow, it’s midnight on day two. What a day. I started the day at the Win7 keynote. It was amazing how the product was received by our customers – I’m really gratified that people seemed to like what they saw. You know you’re in a group of geeks when the biggest applause line of the demo was “you can...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008, Day 1

    Wow, today’s been a long day. For whatever reason, I woke up at 4 AM and wasn’t able to get back to sleep :(. On the other hand, I did get this cool picture from outside my window: When I got to the convention center I discovered that they were right – this place is absolutely immense. You really...
  • Blog Post: See you in LA in October!

    I just got word that the talk we’d proposed for the PDC in October was approved, so I’m going to La-La-Land next month for a couple of days.   The contents of my talk have not yet been disclosed, so I can’t talk about what I’m talking about at the PDC :(.    Disclaimer: Life sometimes...
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