BillCan's Place

Life at Microsoft

May, 2007

  • What's a PM do to unwind?

    I consider myself a pretty typical PM, and like most PMs at Microsoft, I like to unwind by playing bass drum in a bagpipe band. You can see me doing just that with my band, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band , in this photo .
  • Wow! Microsoft Surface looks pretty cool!

    There's been a lot of buzz around Microsoft regarding the Microsoft Surface announcement today. I had seen this a while back at TechFest, the internal event put on by Microsoft Research every year. At the time I thought it was really cool. But I've got...
  • Collaborating Outside the Firewall (Tech Ed Side Meeting)

    I'm now envisioning my next project for the Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team. As a bit of background, my team provides prescriptive, tested guidance to help customers solve tricky security problems quickly. My new project is going...
  • The Joy of Hand Off

    There's nothing like handing off to the Release Manager and being "done" with your project. After many months and lots of twists and turns, I've handed the final pieces of the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs off to Karina (our RM) who is taking...
  • Stop by and say "Hi" at Tech Ed

    If you are going to be at Tech Ed the week after next, I'd love to meet you. I'll be doing a TLC chalk talk session at 10:30 on Monday entitled "Your Customers' Laptop Data Is at Risk! Protecting Customer Data with the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile...
  • Beginner's Guide to TechEd

    Scott Dorman has created an excellent post on his blog called " TechEd for Novices ". It has great information for first-timers to TechEd, but I think it can be useful for just about anyone.
  • Tech Ed Accomodations

    I leave for Tech Ed in 15 days. I'll be staying at the either the Swan or Dolphin Hotel . I'm not quite sure how it works as they are two different hotel buildings but you somehow find out which you're staying in when you get there. At least that's what...
  • Secure Collaboration: What's it mean to you?

    I'm wrapping up my current project in the next couple of weeks and starting to think about my next project. This next project will focus on "Secure Collaboration". I've got some ideas about what we could do in this area, but the most important thing is...
  • Tech Ed Bound!

    I will be going to Tech Ed again this year. I'll be working at our "Security & Compliance" booth, and presenting a chalk talk on the first day of the show. I'm also conducting a side meeting to discuss problems related to secure collaboration that...
  • EFS Assistant Updated: RC2 now available on CodePlex

    We have made a few bug fixes to the EFS Assistant tool and its Administrator's Guide. We have posted new versions to our CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant . Please let me know if you find any bugs or you get any error messages when...
  • EFS Assistant RC1 is now available!

    The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team has released its first release candidate for the Microsoft Encrypting File System Assistant 1.0 (EFS Assistant). This tool helps centrally control EFS encryption on Windows XP SP2 and Windows...
  • Looking for a few good devs...

    Are you an IT administrator who wants to do some development on the side? Are you a developer who is interested in IT administration? We're looking for you! My team has created a tool called the EFS Assistant and are putting the source code out on...