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Mike Dodd has worked at Microsoft since 2001, and has worked on UltimateTV, Dishplayer, IPTV, and now Zune. Mike lives in the Redmond area with his wife and son. His personal blog is here.

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    Masking bugs with dual processors

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    A while back, I had to track down a bizarre bug in a test build. A tester reported that on his machine, some code that ran to grab a decompressed video image took several seconds to run. On my machine, it was near instantaneous. My machine was certainly...
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    Ballmer's enthusiasm

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    As always seems to happen around the time of Microsoft's annual company meeting, it's relatively easy to find various people complaining about how Steve Ballmer's semi-public displays of enthusiasm for Microsoft seem silly or unprofessional. Before joining...
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    More Zune Info

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    David Caulton is blogging about Zune at http://www.zunester.com/ . He's posted about codec and formats in Zune, topics I spent much of my time working on. His most recent post is on " Clearing up content formats ." Also check out his picture of " Zune...
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    Creating write-only code: the Reference (&) Operator

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    Write-only code is a term used to describe code that can easily be written, but that no one but the original author can easily read. Since invariably far more time is spent reading code than writing it, this is NOT a positive term. Recently, while participating...
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    Move to Zune team

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    I clearly haven't written anything in here in forever. In March of this year, my family and I moved from California to Washington, and I now work on Zune on Microsoft's main campus in Redmond. (The picture to the right is of my kid playing with my Zune...
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    Reserved fields

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    Via Larry Osterman's recent series on concurrency , I ran across an older post from Raymond Chen on why you shouldn't use reserved fields in internal Windows data structures . About ten years ago, when I was working on the QuickTime team at Apple, we...
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    New baby

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    This past week was my first week back to work following my paternity leave for my newly adopted son. Nathan Michael was born on December 17 in Salt Lake City. My wife, Meredith, and I got to be there at the birth. The next day, the birth mother signed...
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    Frustrations with AIM and Trillian

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    For a couple of years, I’ve used Trillian for my instant messaging client. I’ve stopped recently, though, because of problems with Trillian. I wrote a longer post about this on my personal blog last month, but basically, my two big complaints...
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    Reloading the .NET performance counters

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    On my laptop running XP SP2, I noticed that Process Explorer wasn't highlighting .NET processes anymore. Not only that, when I went to the options panel to configure the process highlighting, the .NET option was grayed out. I sent a note to the tool's...
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    TV as relaxation

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    Many people, when they come home from a long day at work, sit down in front of the TV to unwind. It is, for example, what my wife is doing right now. I came home today from a long day at work where I spent several hours staring intently at a TV, turning...
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    Another IPTV partner

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    Yesterday at IBC, Microsoft announced another partner for our IPTV services: Telecom Italia . The list now includes Bell Canada, Reliance (in India), SBC, and Swisscom .
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