Holy moly, I'm back!!!

After taking a two year hiatus during which I moved (back) to the Phoenix area and worked for a Big 4 accounting firm, I’ve returned to Microsoft.  I’m working in Microsoft Consulting Services now, focusing on security and identity management.  I’m glad to be back as Microsoft is the company I’ve enjoyed working for most…

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Hello, Xbox Live...

Well, I’ve been in the Xbox Live team for the past 3 days and my head is swimming!  I had never thought about all the work that goes into keeping Xbox Live up and operational, but now that I’m here and get to see it, it’s pretty remarkable.  There is a large team working around the…

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Goodbye, SA-SC!

Starting this Tuesday, I will begin a new job at Microsoft: I am joining the Xbox Live Operations team as a Program Manager.  I have really enjoyed my nearly 3.5 years on the Solution Accelerators Team, but am looking forward to a new challenge.  My job on the Xbox Live team will be to help…

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Chalk talk completed...

The first thing I had to do at Tech Ed this year was a chalk talk on the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs that I just finished.  The session was pretty heavily attended, with all chairs filled and lots of folks sitting on the sides and standing in the back.  Basically, I talked about…

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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 to say, checking out the videos at http://www.microsoft.com/surface, the production…

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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 what we created and getting “out there”.  We haven’t shipped…

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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 I think happens, I never really…

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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 our customers are having. I love going to Tech Ed…

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Have you heard about CodePlex?

If you are familiar with SourceForge, you might want to check out CodePlex.  According to their website, CodePlex (www.codeplex.com) is “Microsoft’s open source project hosting web site.”  It has a lot of the features that SourceForge provides (issue tracker, discussions, source code distribution, etc.), but has one really cool feature: it is based on Microsoft’s Vistual Studio…

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Patent Cubes

One of the cool things about working at Microsoft (a lot of my posts begin this way, don’t they?) is that they encourage you to file patents on cool ideas that you’ve had.  I’ve had lots of (I think) great ideas throughout my life (haven’t we all), but since I’ve been at Microsoft, I’ve filed…

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