Hey y’all, Mark here with a quick history post. Tomorrow July 27th 2013 will be the 20th birthday of Windows NT which is quite the birthday. It can almost drink legally! Just the thought of 20 years makes greybeards like Doug “Bad Cop” Symalla spit out his morning coffee. If you happen to meet Doug have him tell you some stories from the “old days”. They are entertaining.
For those that are interested in computer history there is a great book by G. Pascal Zachary called “Showstopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft” Here is a list of some other computer history books we here at the blog enjoy.
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Dealers of Lighting
The Soul of A New Machine
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
Also a quick reminder, Windows XP will reach end of support on April 8th 2014 which is just a little over 8 months away so if you haven’t started your migration I can’t think of a better time to start. Full panic mode should be just over the horizon. If you are a premier support customer contact your TAM to get any help you need. Don’t forget Windows Server 2003 is not far behind ending support on July 14th 2015.
If we missed your favorite book or you agree with those above let us know in the comments. Until next time.
Mark “the librarian” Morowczynski
NT RTM'ed on July 26 according to Showstopper!
Hmm I dont have my copy to check but I went off the Wikipedia article.
I really enjoyed Inside Windows NT by Helen Custer who spent time with Dave Cutler and the dev team. Even better to have picked up the book from the Redmond shop when doing some work for MS.