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

  • economic crisis hits home

    whew, what a week!  I've just wrapped a series of videos that will start releasing next week in conjunction with a pending product announcement - it's really cool stuff. Of course, the US presidential elections and the economic crisis have been top...
  • Another Meme goes mainstream

    from the MSN.com homepage today: well, that meme's old and busted now.  What's the new hotness? Unrelated but cool: this morning I released the first in a series of interviews with the Office Communication Server (OCS) team on new features coming...
  • Interview with James Governor, IT Analyst

    James Governor is an analyst with RedMonk.  He gave a great presentation on Sustainable IT earlier this month at the Microsoft virtualization launch event.  His presentation was very insightful and entertaining, and I managed to catch up with...
  • Hyper-V Server

    I recently wrote up a short and sweet overview of Hyper-V Server, explaining what you can and can't do with it. It's up on TechNet Edge, where most of my bloggish activity is happening these days. Check it out here: Hyper-V Server Overview
  • Hyper-V Unleashed - my chat with the authors

    I have to admit, my job is pretty cool.  I've met a bunch of cool people and new friends as a direct result of my work on TechNet Edge .  Last week was no exception, as I got to sit down with the authors of Hyper-V Unleashed to talk about their...
  • the swag is in the mail

    Last month at TechEd, we gave away a bunch of Edge t-shirts, and let people know that if they missed out on one, they could still drop a postcard in the mail and we'd follow up and send one out.  Surprisingly enough, postcards did start trickling...
  • special guest host

    I got to be a guest blogger on the NAP team blog today. You can read my post here .
  • 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 -...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • hmmm

    I just spent 30 minutes chatting with a well known security personality at Microsoft about various security things. I noticed he had a laptop sticker like this: He couldn't tell me anything about it though. All will be revealed soon.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • I got served

    I installed Home Server this weekend. It was cool. At the risk of damaging my geek cred, I'll admit that I haven't had a dedicated server running at home for over 7 years now. I ran one once upon a time to act as a router for my home network to the internet...
  • Teacher Appreciation Day

    Today is internationally recognized as Teacher Appreciation Day . There are a few teachers that stand out as having a huge impact on me that I wanted to specifically call out: My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Doxey. She was a strict, no nonsense teacher...
  • April Fools!

    here’s a video we put together on April Fools.  I love facebook.
  • 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...
  • Knee Deep in Spec

    I've been quiet on the blogging front lately as I get deep into the day to day business of my new role. I'm currently trying to get a functional spec written up for a new offering we want to make available. I don't think I've written a spec since back...
  • 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...
  • tiny, but wiry

    Phil has already blogged about the brief introduction I gave him today to Rory . I have to confess, that other than a couple email exchanges, my only other prior conversation with Rory went like this: me: "Hey, you're Rory the new guy? I'm Adam, the no...
  • 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...
  • they'll make for good bed time stories for my grandchildren

    my longtime friend Steve has printed a long list of stuff he'd like to do, but probably never will . I've been thinking about making a list like this myself, and had a few of them jotted down on a post-it note on my desk already. Here's mine: Fire warning...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...