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Hi there and thanks for visiting my blog.  My name is Ahmad Mahdi, I work as a Security Technologist on the ACE Team (Application Consulting & Engineering).  I started working full time at Microsoft in Aug. of 05 and worked as a contractor for 2 years before that.  I'm originally from Canada and moved to Redmond in 03.  Feel free to write, leave comments or click on contact.  Thanks for dropping by.

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    New UI for blogs.msdn.com!

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    Well many of you may have noticed that the blogs look a little different after Sunday, that's because the blogs.msdn.com servers were updated to a new version of Telligent's Community Server! So far so good, I'm happy with the new functionality. (If you...
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    Ever want to open Office documents in Office *instead* of IE??

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    This was a really annoying *feature* of Office. If I click on a link to a Word doc, it opens the document in IE. Here at Microsoft a lot of our docs are stored on internal SharePoint sites, which are webpages. When I try to open one of these docs, it...
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    So apparently, NBC uses tech support from India :)

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    This is hilarious. So apparently NBC uses tech support located in India. What happens when someone tries to figure out where exactly to get personal support? Enjoy :) Link off my personal blog here: http://allthingstech.wordpress.com/2006/03/11...
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    How to use your Mini SD card for Emails & Attachments with WM5

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    Mike Poulson posted this quick registry hack to move your attachments and emails from your device's own memory to a storage card. A registry editor is included with some of the devices shipped out there; some not. If you know of a good (free) one that...
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    Upgrading the Audiovox SMT5600 to Windows Mobile 5.0 (or not)

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    I just got an email form someone asking me how I did this and whether I could help them also do it. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is no easy way of doing this, unless you happen to work at Microsoft! :) And even then, its probably not easy to...
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    Wanted: Senior Level Mentor

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    Recently, I sent out an email to some folks soliciting an informal mentor here at Microsoft. Keeping in mind that many Microsoft employees also read the blogs here, I've decided to make the posting public. If you are a former Microsoft employee or retired...
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    BlueHat '06 at Microsoft

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    Today was the second day of bluehat at Microsoft. bluehat is basically the Microsoft version of blackhat. Various security researchers and speakers trek to Seattle and talk to Microsoft employees about different topics related to security. I was able...
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    Interested in free MSN Services for Windows Mobile devices?

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    One of the ways we here at Microsoft internally communicate a lot across groups is through email distribution lists (DL's for short). Recently Michael Smuga a Program Manager here at Microsoft posted a very good brief summary of what we offer currently...
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    What's your favourite security blog?

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    Since I work on a Security team , I have a deep interest in security related issues. I haven't purposely made my own blog here too security specific although I will be jumping into some of those topics in the coming weeks and months. My questions to you...
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    2005 Retrospective

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    2005 was a very intense year, major natural disasters, a lot of stuff happening politically, new technologies & a lot of firsts. Just under 90,000 people (depending on who's figures you take) died in northern Pakistan earlier this year. I was proud...
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    Wow its been a while... & IE7 beta 3 thoughts

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    Well I'm back. Ya, its very exciting. A lot of things have been happening around work, personal life + vacation that has held me up from posting anything new in quite some time but I'm happy to be back blogging. I'm currently using IE7 beta 3 and I...
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    Managing a team acoss time zones

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    Akshay, my collegue from the ACE team has written a great post about managing a team across 5 time zones . Its always a difficult challenge to manage a team of 10 regardless, but spreading them across the world definitely adds many complexity dimensions...
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    Microsoft Conference Calls

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    Thanks to Mark Brown for forwarding to all the bloggers :) This is hilarious, if you've ever worked for Microsoft you'll recognize the music... its awesome http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUSJiI4L5lw try this one instead since its still up: http...
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    TechJunkie is back.

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    Hello boys and girls.... yes... it has been a long time, yet I've decided to re-start blogging and this time (I hope, gulp) I can keep up with it on a continuous basis. Feeding the monster, as one colleague calls it… is tough. It requires a lot of time...
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    Steve Ballmer is my hero.

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    So on Friday I went to the Microsoft IT all hands, led by Stuart Scott our CIO. Stuart's done some amazing things in a very short amount of time in cleaning up some of chaos around here and he also did something extraordinary which I'm sure might have...
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    Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Now available

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    The Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs has just been released by the SA-SC (Solutions Acelerators - Security & Compliance) team and I highly recommend pretty much any IT administrator that has a mobile workforce (and who doesn't these days?) to...
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    Best movies of 2005

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    2005 was not a great year for the studios, box office sales were down and big bets didn't always payoff. Here I bring you movies from 2005 that you should have seen (but probably didn't). I'm not including too many "artsy" movies, these are for the most...
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    The Code Room: Hacking Las Vegas

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    " The Code Room: Hacking Las Vegas " is a mini-movie slash seminar that shows in a fun (and slightly cheesy) way the real impact of security vulnerabilities in web application code. In this edition a group of hackers steal $400,000 dollars by exploiting...
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    Asimov's 3 Laws

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    Isaac Asimov was a very interesting author in the world of Sci-Fi. A lot of the ideas he had in his stories have influenced either directly or indirectly writers that have come after him. Some of his first stories were written for "pulp" sci-fi magazines...
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    Ever been to Whistler?

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    If you've never been to Whistler you don't know what your missing... sure its the best place in North America to ski and snowboard, but its also just a fun place to visit and see the sites. Here' a picture I took during an ATV tour through the mountains...
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    Microsoft to offer cheap Xbox 360 game development kit?

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    I have no knowledge of this from Microsoft internally whatsoever, all i know is what is posted in this article. But if it's true, I think it's a great idea. Why not let anyone who wants to develop for your platform? It's what has made Windows so successful...
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    BlueHat '06 @ Microsoft - Day 2

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    I wasn't able to attend the morning sessions because I was busy interviewing some folks but caught the afternoon Vista Security Review presentation. The security for this session was especially tight, everyone (several hundred people) were asked to leave...
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    Outlook Kung Fu: Mastering your Inbox - Part I

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    Over the years of using Microsoft Outlook, I’ve become quite proficient at using Outlook and I thought I’d share some of those lethal techniques with you. Several of my collegues came to me recently asking for help with their influx of email and the following...
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    Preet's: Casual Indian dining in Redmond / Seattle

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    If you happen to be in the Redmond/Seattle area and enjoy good Indian food, you should definitely drop by Preet's . India has many regions, with many different peoples, languages and food types, Preet's serves Punjabi style food that is different from...
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    The single best feature in Outlook 2007

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    Although I haven't installed the latest Beta 1 refresh of Outlook 2007 yet, I've already decided what my favorite feature of Outlook 2007 is. Hands down, its the To-Do Bar. Outlook has had task integration for the longest time but it just hasn't been...
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