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  • How worried are you about Spyware?

    Everyone seems to be talking about Spyware these days. I’d like to know how big a problem Spyware is for readers of this blog. Is Spyware a top 3 concern of yours?
  • Feedback Requested

    There is a debate raging inside Microsoft, and I'd like to get some feedback from our customers. Currently, Microsoft makes a great deal of guidance available to its customers via its web site. Some of this content can be downloaded anonymously, but some...
  • 2 Week Recap

    Today is the end of my second week at Microsoft. I thought I'd take a moment to recap some of my impressions. Interesting things I've done so far: Experienced Microsoft NEO (New Employee Orientation), which they say is like "drinking from a firehose"...
  • Argh! Kids' laptop riddled with spyware!

    I downloaded the current beta version of MS' new Anti-SpyWare tool yesterday and installed it on my kids' laptop. When I ran the scan, I found something like 16 different types of SpyWare installed. The trigger was starting up IE on the machine and being...
  • Are Fingerprints a Good Authentication Factor?

    My previous post refered to a new keyboard that Microsoft is now selling that has a fingerprint reader. The software and hardware in this package combine to allow fingerprint-based authentication to replace passwords for various systems. Apparently, the...
  • Giant AntiSpyware (Good) and XoftSpy (No comment)

    Some of the conversation I heard around here is that Giant AntiSpyware is good stuff and is well recommended. So, I thought I'd give it a try on my home PC. Of course the first thing I did was Google "Giant Spyware", and up comes a web site that says...
  • Networking and headhunting

    I haven't posted on networking in a while, so I thought I'd get something up here on that topic. When I was job hunting about 2 years ago, I posted my resume on Hotjobs and Monster (as one would expect). When I was considering options outside of my previous...
  • What does a Program Manager do?

    Yesterday and today I am in training called "Engineering Excellence for New Program Managers". It has been very informative so far. It was interesting that we spent almost the entire first day talking about the PM job description. One of the hardest things...
  • Bill Gates and Strong Authentication

    Bill Gates is talking about strong authentication, and people are (grudgingly) agreeing with him . If Microsoft really starts to push biometrics (several new Microsoft hardware products have been announced employing fingerprint technology ) and/or smart...
  • My new Microsoft TV cable box

    Well, yesterday was the first day that Comcast was making the new Microsoft TV-based DVR available to customers, so of course I rushed over there to pick one up. So, how do I like it, you ask? I'd say my initial impression is very favorable. Pros: You...
  • Technical Snafu! Please Repost Comments!!!

    I was wondering if anyone was reading my posts, because I hadn't received any comments in well over a week. I was actually thinking of writing a post entitled "Blogging To Myself", since no one seemed to be reading or responding to what I was posting...
  • Please download the beta for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint

    I am happy to announce the beta release for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint. We are making this beta release available in order to get feedback from our customers and partners. With your help, we can ensure that the Extranet Collaboration...
  • Regulatory Compliance Question

    For those IT security pros out there, a question: has the increase focus on regulatory compliance (SOX, HIPAA, etc.) been an overall positive or negative for you? I am wondering if your companies/clients are using compliance as a reason to fund projects...
  • Offer Accepted!

    Originally Posted 10/23/2004 07:38:50 PM After a certain amount of back and forth with Cody, and a lot of soul searching, I have decided that I am going to go for it and accept Microsoft's offer. All I have left to do is call Cody with my answer and give...
  • My Group - Microsoft Solutions for Security

    You may be wondering about the subtitle for this blog: "Life and Security at Microsoft". So far, I've covered a lot of life, but what about security? I have joined a team called "Microsoft Solutions for Security". We are a relatively small but growing...
  • My first Microsoft CXO Sighting

    Today I was at the Pro Club in Bellevue, a gym to which almost everyone at Microsoft belongs. I arrived at around 7:15am and as I walked into the locker room I saw Steve Ballmer (or someone that looks remarkably like him!) pulling on his pants! In case...
  • Blogging your job search

    When I first decided I wanted to land a job at Microsoft, I decided that I would blog my job search. I knew that I was interested in knowing a) how to get a job at Microsoft, and 2) what the interview process was like. I figured there were other people...
  • In New York City

    After not travelling once in 1.5 years at my previous job, I am on the road at customer meetings for two days in New York. I like being in New York, but I don't like travelling there because of the 3 hour time difference. Also, I flew into Newark, and...
  • Cross-Group Collaboration Training Tomorrow

    With everyone back from vacation, my project has kicked into high gear. I've not been as good as I should be on posting, but things are a little crazy. I will fill you in on a training session that I am going to tomorrow. It is called "Cross-group Collaboration...
  • The D-ILA has landed!

    This weekend I picked up a new 52" JVC D-ILA television. It is an 3-chip LCoS microdevice reverse projection tabletop television, similar to the DLP TVs that have taken the market by storm. The difference with LCoS is that there is no spinning color wheel...
  • Another Microsoft blogging milestone

    Well, that's two milestones out of the way: I've already been linked to by Robert Scoble ( http://scoble.weblogs.com ), and now I've gotten linked to by the Moon Gals, Gretchen and Zoe( http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog )! I'm on a roll, baby!
  • What are your biggest change management complaints?

    I've heard over and over again from customers and coworkers that change management is a big pain in the neck. I'm trying to understand what the big problem is with change management. Obviously there is a certain amount of pain that stems from the fact...
  • Why do the Brits have all the best TV shows?!

    Apparently, there's a new show on Channel 4 in the UK called "The IT Crowd". It's quite apropos for us Microsoft geeks. You can see the first episode at http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/I/itcrowd/ . It is pretty funny, but nowhere...
  • "National Treasure" and Bowling

    I saw "National Treasure" with one of my kids this weekend. I love movies that have conspiracies, secret societies, etc. such as this. If the conspiracies involve the Knights Templar or the Freemasons (and don't most of them?!), even better. I strongly...
  • MSN Spaces (Blog Hosting) Beta

    There is a huge amount of excitement in the internal MS blogging community as MSN has launched a beta of its MSN Spaces site. This is a blog hosting site that seems to have a lot of cool features, such as image hosting, blogging via email, and so on....