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Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

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    old (and long) e-mail ramble about agent technology and other trivia

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    Peter’s response to my TiVo post for some reason reminded me of a rambling e-mail conversation I had several months ago; for your amusement I repeat it below.  Incidentally, mail threads like this are reason #128 why I like working at Microsoft...
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    UWB looks promising (and I'm not talking about the University of Washington Bowling league, either!)

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    When I first read about the UWB technology for high-speed wireless connections, less than a year ago, it seemed like a pretty pie-in-the-sky, research-ey kind of technology that might come to fruition in fifteen years or so.  Recent posts , however...
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    Fault injection tools from Microsoft

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    In a response to my recent post on fault injection , Mark asks if I know of any publicly-available fault-injection frameworks.  Yes!  In fact, much of the fault-injection work done at Microsoft is built on top of work done by Microsoft Research...
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    How do I know I have four readers?

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    I recently asked the maintainers of http://blogs.gotdotnet.com if they kept access stats on my blog; I was curious if anyone actually read it.  They sent me to a web page with a ton of stats and charts; on one of those, it says that over the past...
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    are categories useful to you?

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    In a post on his blog , Ron implies that I should be categorizing stuff on my blog.  I never look at categories on the blogs I read, so it never really occurred to me to categorize my own posts.  Would my four readers find it useful if I...
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    For better or for worse - but I'm not taking your name!

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    I read this post discussing wives who don’t take their husband’s last name.  Here is the comment I left at the site. “My wife (Gina Alsdorf) didn't take my last name when we got married. I'm fine with that; it seems to me...
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    Hulk Hands kick ass

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    I stumbled across this blog entry , where the Accordian Guy is showing off his “Hulk Hands”, large foam gloves that make amusing Hulk noises when you bounce them off things.  I got a set for my nephew once, and I liked them so much...
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    Code Name: "Avalon"

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    I noticed this link to Wesner Moise’s comments on Microsoft’s “Avalon” technology, to be debuted at PDC.  I’m certainly no Avalon expert, but I’ve been to their internal web site, and saw a demo once.  This is killer stuff.  Not wanting...
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    Don't mess with my TiVo!

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    I read this article recently discussing the fact that some recent TV shows are scheduled, not exactly on the hour or half-hour, but off by a minute or three.  Apparently this really hoses TiVo, because that extra three minutes at the end keeps...
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    For a good time, call 1-800-FAULT-INJECTION-TESTING

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    We have occasional debates here at Microsoft on the value of ‘white-box’ testing.  (For the sake of this discussion, ‘white-box’ testing means testing that takes advantage of internal product knowledge, while ‘black-box’ testing relies solely on...
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    father-son bonding

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    Here is a cute story about a father teaching his son one of life’s most essential skills.  Normally I wouldn’t post a link like this, but with my own first child coming in January, it hits a new nerve… 

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    The *most* *awesome* monitor in the world...

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    Here is the most awesome monitor in the world .  It has a resolution of 6400x1200.  I want one.  I must have it.  I will have it.  I just have to convince Gina… (From Gizmodo ) 
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    www.weblogs.com

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    I enabled a BlogX option to ping weblogs.com when I post – lets see if it works… 

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    Test tracing - it is not optional!

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    I’d like to talk about one of the first lessons I learned as a tester at Microsoft: Anticipate failure investigations, and log everything. Let me tell you a fairly rambling tale of my early days at Microsoft: We’d just shipped Windows...
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    Freeze, sucker! and drop that download!

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    I recently discovered David Isenberg’s blog , and while surfing it I ran across a pointer to this cartoon that sarcastically pans the RIAA copyright crackdown.  My wife Gina is the lawyer in the family, so I’ll defer to her for the...
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    Better living through chemistry

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    I read this recent article about a drug called Provigil, which restores alertness and lets one go without sleep.  (temporarily.)  Discoveries like this excite me; on a very visceral level, I’m a big fan of life-style drugs.  Maybe...
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    Eyeglasses that record everything...

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    Here is a concept for a pair of sunglasses with a built-in video camera, that records everything you see .  This appeals to me; any number of times I’ve seen something particularly interesting or beautiful, and told myself, “if only...
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    Pre-PDC checklist

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    I’ve never been to an industry conference (yet; I keep trying to convince my management to send me…), but to my uneducated eye, this pre-flight PDC checklist by Adam Cartwright looks eminently useful… 

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    more Scoble stuff - there are many parts, but only one Microsoft

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    Again, while reading this same Scoble post , it got me thinking about my role at Microsoft.  When I tell people what I do at Microsoft, I say "I do software testing.  If you find a bug in a Microsoft product, it is my fault." Of course...
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    Scoble talks about "us" at Microsoft

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    I was reading this recent post on Scoble’s blog , where he talks about how he refers to “we” and “us” when talking about Microsoft.  A friend of mine told me once that they found it unusual that I say "we" and "us" when referring to stuff that...
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    I'm going to miss the company meeting!

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    Damn!  I just found out that the Microsoft Company Meeting, a yearly event, is on October 30 th , and I will be out of town!  Its hard to describe these meetings; but let me try. You walk into SafeCo field, Seattle’s new baseball stadium...
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    please ignore the last post for now...

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    Well, who knew that ctrl-S in NewsGator would post, in addition to alt-S?  And both my machines with the WinBlogX.exe client are not allowing me to use it.  Darn.  Please ignore that post, while I finish it; I’ll post the completed version shortly… 

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    I'm going to miss the company meeting!

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    accidental post - see the real thing above....
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    Construction engineers have solved all the problems software currently faces - *not*

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    I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the wish: “if only software construction was more like building construction, where all the issues are clearly known up-front, everything is rigorously defined, and construction follows...
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    Of course, I *love* those SysInternals tools!

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    Lest my last post be seen as overly critical of the SysInternals folks, let me comment that I personally have had nothing but success using their tools, and I find them extremely useful. 

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