My 1 Year Anniversary at Microsoft

I celebrated my 1 year anniversary at Microsoft two days ago.  I brought in my requisite 1 pound bag of M&Ms (peanut, of course).  I also got my first stock vesting, but was shocked to see that they took 25% of that stock to cover taxes.  Oh well, 75% of free money is still better…

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Bill’s Xbox 360 Strategy

Last year we got a really nice new hi-def TV.  Unfortunately, we have an old non-progressive scan, non-up-converting DVD player.  So, we need a new DVD player anyway, so how about getting an Xbox 360 to fill in as DVD player?  In addition, the DVD player can also act as a media extender, and can:…

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Visual Studio 2005: Wow!!!

I am no developer, but I’ve been playing around with VS2005 and it rocks!  I am not much of a programmer, but I’ve been able to create some pretty cool web pages using VS2005, with very little coding. I strongly encourage you to check out the new Visual Studio, even if you aren’t a hard-core…

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Forza Motorsport

I dropped by the Company Store a few days ago and picked up a copy of Forza Motorsport and a HD cable for the Xbox.  Let me tell you, this is the most incredible racing game I have ever seen.  Some of my favorite features: 1) As you replace components of your car, the engine…

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Regulatory Compliance Team Blog Established

We have recently established a team blog for Regulatory Compliance at Microsoft.  The URL is http://blogs.technet.com/regcomp.  From now on, all my regulatory compliance-related postings will now be done over there.  From here on, the focus of this blog will simply be “Life at Microsoft.”

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Security posts will be moving to a new blog

All, My team (Microsoft Solutions for Security) has established a team blog for security-related posts.  Being a good team player, from now on I will be putting my security-related posts on http://blogs.technet.com/secguide.  Point your news aggregator at http://blogs.technet.com/secguide/rss.aspx to receive this feed.  I will continue to post life at Microsoft postings on this blog. Oh, and…

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Adding Regulatory Compliance as a focus for my blog

Over the past few months I have been focusing on regulatory compliance (RC), and how Microsoft can help our customers comply with their regulatory requirements.  Therefore, I have changed the description of my blog to “Life, Security, and Regulatory Compliance at Microsoft”. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be posting an endless string of PCAOB articles, AICPA…

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Old News: Microsoft Purchases Groove Networks

This happened a few days ago.  The announcement is on the homepage of Groove’s website (http://www.groove.net/home/index.cfm). One of the big pieces of this acquisition is that Ray Ozzie comes with it.  Ray was the creator of Lotus Notes.  I don’t know too much about Groove Networks, but it looks like they have software that does…

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New Guidance Released: Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy

Microsoft Solutions for Security has released a new guide for using IPsec and group policies to isolate servers and domains on a network.  This is really good stuff for those of your that have been told you need to encrypt traffic on the wire and are looking for a way to do so.  You can…

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