Ad Nauseam - ramblings of a technologist

I've been with Microsoft, as a technologist, for over 10 years. Occasionally, I stumble across a nugget that I think others will find interesting. I put those nuggets here.

Ad Nauseam - ramblings of a technologist

  • Achievement unlocked

    piggybacking on Jeff's recent post about the potential for Achievements in other applications, may I suggest: the Achievement generator. Available here . Use the power only for good.
  • My name is Adam, and I'm an addict

    Friday night I did something that I'd promised myself I'd never, ever do. I installed World of Warcraft . It's Jason's fault, really. He's been talking about it on and off lately, and he really hyped it up to me in the car back from lunch on Friday. I...
  • Restartable Active Directory in Windows Server 2008

    Neil is a brilliant manager. He also has a rapier wit and keen sense of style. A couple of times recently he has mentioned in passing that my blog has been lacking in technical posts lately. Hint taken, boss. Sometimes, you have to take a Domain Controller...
  • let the speculation begin

    http://edge.technet.com/ Technorati tags: microsoft , it pro , edge , technet
  • locked and loaded

    It took a year and a half to do it, but Neil's IT Pro Evangelist team is up to full headcount, now that Joey is on the team. Please head over and welcome him! Small world observation: during his interview, Joey and I realized that we worked at the same...
  • 8 Things Meme

    Sometimes, I don't think the Internet is even trying anymore.  Philip tagged me with a new blogging meme.  A really creative one.  It basically goes like this: list 8 things about your self. that's it. Clearly, all the good ideas on the...
  • Woah! Edge t-shirts at IT Forum!

    Neil and I just handed out ~300 t-shirts to IT Forum attendees. I hope I have a small stack left in the Exhibition Hall, but I think they're all pretty much gone. The real hot commodity now is Edge laptop stickers. I have a real small pile of those -...
  • 0 to WDS in 6 minutes

    I usually manage to stay behind the camera on TechNet Edge, but Neil showed up in my office the other day with a camera, and wouldn't leave until I showed him how to set up and configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Server 2008.  You can...
  • my interview with Bob Muglia, bigwig

    In December I interviewed Bob Muglia for Technet Edge.  You can see it here . I've met a few Vice Presidents and CxO's in my time at Microsoft.  A few intimidated the hell out of me.  A couple were pretty down to earth.  None so much...
  • Potpourri

    I occasionally come across things that I think "wow, I need to blog that," but I generally forget about them, or decide that they don't really warrant a post all on their own.  Rather than just cast them aside, I'll start occasionally rounding...
  • nuts and bolts of OS development

    I'm watching the interview that David did with Iain McDonald , it's pretty good!  Iain's been in Redmond for a while now, but he's managed to maintain his Aussie sensibilities and down-to-earth personality.  I love his description of how product...
  • TechEd Rocked

    I'm back from TechEd, and was greeted today by the first "Postcard to the Edge" request, all the way from Missouri.  We have a smallish stash of shirts that we held back to send out, but if we have a huge number of requests, they'll have...
  • Nap! 9! Nap! 9!

    As I have been known to do from time to time, I recently published a new interview on Channel9 . This one is with two brilliant guys that work with Network Access Protection. Check out the video here . I'm always on the lookout for interesting people...
  • Neil got a sticker, but I got the t-shirt

    looks like Neil's got one of those laptop stickers I mentioned the other day . don't tell him, but I managed to score the t-shirt: sorry, it's a cell-phone pic, so the color and resolution isn't very good. What I'd like to show you (but they'd kill me...
  • Read-Only Domain Controllers

    Once upon a time when I was a Security TS, there’s an apocryphal story I used to share with customers about Russian bank robbers that weren’t just stealing money from bank branches, they were taking the servers from the branch, which they would then take...
  • special guest host

    I got to be a guest blogger on the NAP team blog today. You can read my post here .
  • little known fact: In the Netherlands, silver is the only permitted vehicle color

    Daniel and Tony are a couple of the colorful personalities in the worldwide Evangelist/Advisor community. They're doing the Virtual IT Forum this year, and put together a slick video getting ready for it. check it out! Speaking of IT Forum - I'll be attending...
  • Lock your bits

    One of the new security features in Windows Vista is BitLocker. The technology allows you to fully encrypt your hard drive, so that in the event that someone 'unsavory' gains possession of your machine, they won't automatically get access to all your...
  • staff meetings just got a whole lot more interesting

    By the sound of things , it looks like the Rodawg is going to be taking up residence somewhere nearby. I've been following Rory's blog since before he joined Microsoft, and I think this team will be a good fit for him. The evangelism team definitely has...
  • who would you want to talk to?

    I was a bit surprised last week when Jeff Sandquist walked into my office to chat about some ideas he had. We'd chatted briefly a little while ago when I dropped by his office and introduced myself, but I was still a little surprised that he dropped in...
  • testing 1, 2, testing

    I'm testing the 'delay publishing until' feature of Community Server. There's some pretty cool news coming out this weekend, but I'm going to be away from the computer, so I want to blog it now and schedule the post to go up after the announcement is...
  • Announcement Rumor

    Ok, I thought the blogging embargo on this wasn't going to be lifted until mid-next week, but since everyone seems to be posting about it, I'll add my two cents: yes, it's amazing, and yes, we've known about it internally for a little while, but couldn...
  • don't call it a comeback

    The whole month of April came and went without a post here. Fresh on the heels of my display of superiority over Steve when he nearly missed the month of February . Oops. I spent half the month on vacation , so you really can't hold that part against...
  • Doing my Civic Duty

    I was catching up on some feed reading today, and found this entry from one of my associates, who also got called to Jury Duty last Monday. HIs story is a little better than mine. I was there for 2 days, and was selected for a case panel on both days...
  • NAP! NAP! NAP!

    (I'm cheating a little bit. This post is a variation on an email that was sent to all the IT Evangelists as part of a weekly mailing my team at corp is doing.) I’m getting ready to head to WinHEC today and Interop next week to do some demos for the NAP...