On May 26, 1972 Don Woods and Jim Lyon created the INTERCAL programming language.
What does this have to do with Windows Home Server?
Well first, Windows Home Server is written primarily in INTERCAL.*
But also because Jim Lyon (affectionately known as Jimbo) is a senior software development engineer on the team and the whole Windows Home Server computer backup capability was pretty much his doing.
We're also celebrating because the team kicked butt this week. We thought we'd have to work this long Memorial day weekend. I challenged the team that if they got our bug count below a certain number by this evening we could all take the whole weekend off. Not only did the team meet the challenge, but exceeded the goal significantly!
*This is actually not true. But it would be funny if it were.
Here are some professional photos of the hockey puck design. Enjoy!
(Reminder, just in case people haven't been paying attention: Microsoft commissioned this design as a proof of concept in order to drive creative thinking about small-form-factor home servers. Microsoft has no plans to produce our own home server hardware.)
Edit: Links to previous entries with other form factors and designs from 3rd parties:
Lots o' Home Server buzz coming out of WinHEC.... the demo booth was packed, Charlie's session was a hit, and press coverage continues to roll in.
Mark Hachman at PC Magazine was in LA with us and wrote a good piece about how partners are rallying around Home Server, called "Will Windows Home Server be the next 'Me Too' market?"
David DeJean's article in InformationWeek is titled "What's Hot from WinHEC: Windows Home Server" An excerpt:
"Back ups of every PC in the house? I need that. Restore my PC after a disk crash. I need that, too. Better, more secure, file sharing, even remotely. I want it. I want it all. And I suspect I'm just one of 40 million."
There's a good show floor video interview with Steve VanRoekel here. He heads the product management and marketing team.
Also - a detailed Home Server review by David Flynn of Australia's APC mag here. Good weekend!