Seriously, I just recorded a podcast which you can find at

I probably rambled on so you may want to play it at 1.5x speed!  However, I step through the different investment areas we have in MOSS 2007 and there are drilldown podcasts by my team about their particular areas.

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I had a little bit of a surreal moment the other day realizing my life had come full circle.  I got an email from a customer who saved my email to him from 2001 where I answered his questions about the forthcoming "Tahoe".  I had pointed him to my article at

While I'm on the topic of writing articles, I can't find a great magazine that covers Office Development.  Why is that?  Office VBA Developer died off.  Advisor has some magazines.  Windows mag has some content for IT Pros.  I've always debated whether the Office Developer is just a VS developer or whether they are a different beast entirely.  The reason I'm wondering is that we need to figure out the right way to educate the folks who care about Office development and that includes developing on SharePoint.  If you have suggestions or if you read certain websites, mags, etc, let me know.  I'd love to hear where you get your best info from.

Back to the surreal moment. . . . so I get this email and I remember being one of the first folks to work on this Tahoe thing.  I thought it was the best thing for Microsoft having come from the Exchange Server world.  Finally, we were going to do document management.  Something that we always dreamed about doing in Exchange but never got around to.  Just look at our half implemented webdav support in Exchange where we really don't support verisioning :) 

Being able to work on the first version of any product is a great experience.  Unfortunately after Tahoe shipped, I took a detour into SQL Server for 4 years to eventually come back to the SharePoint!  SQL Server is a great product.  One of the best new features in it is the encryption support.  If you ever want me to bore you to death, ask me to walk you through the hierarchy in encryption in SQL (The symmetric key is secured by an asymmetric key pair which the private key is secured by. . . . )

Reading an article that you've written a while back always brings back the nostalgia.  Those were gritty times in the early days of Tahoe.  We had to walk 50 miles in the snow to our building to get our work done.

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Enjoy the podcast!