Mat Kimball retired from the Air Force after 20 years with experience in electronics and computers as well as various types of security. All of his family have a growing interest in computers. He has always had an interest in computers as well as an interest in helping others. Security is always a major issue in the military just like it needs to be with computers. It is important to educate people and encourage them to secure their computers.
The newsgroups are a great way to put his interests in one place. Mat likes the online community as a means to give and receive technical support. There are no questions that may be 'out of scope' for support because pretty much anything can be asked regardless of the computer manufacturer, warranty etc. Another thing he likes is the 'check and balance' of the newsgroups. On the occasion incomplete advice is given, someone else will normally pop in to add to or correct the information.
Mat is known as Jupiter Jones in many of the support communities, currently residing in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
1. What does being an MVP mean to you?
It means I have been recognized for choosing to help others. Many help others and a few are selected as MVPs. Most MVPs I know would do exactly the same if they found out they were no longer MVPs. Many of us learned about the program only after being awarded MVP from Microsoft.
- If you could ask Steve Ballmer one question about Microsoft, what would it be?
Consumers are losing trust in Microsoft; Windows/Microsoft Update particularly has lost a lot of consumer trust. Future innovation is very important, but what are you going to do to get back the trust that has slowly been eroding away over the past few years?
- What do you think the best software ever written was?
The software I am using or about to use for the next task. At that point, most other software is largely unimportant.
- If you were the manager of Windows Update, what would you change?
Work hard to ensure the customer is clearly informed about everything sent through Windows/Microsoft Update. This is particularly important when the customer settings are something other than automatic. Any deviation here can and does lead to a breakdown in trust of Microsoft in general and Windows/Microsoft Update specifically. Trust is one of the most important products of Microsoft and it needs to be protected.
- What are the best features/improvements of Windows Update?
Microsoft Update which now allows updates for other Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office. Anything that makes it easier for people to keep their computers safe and secure is good.
- What was the last book you read?
Configuring Windows Vista Client.
- What music CD do you recommend?
Whatever my kids are playing (3 Teenage girls)
- What makes you a great MVP?
Is there such a thing as a great MVP? I don’t see myself as great, just someone who likes computers and also likes to help others.
- What is in your computer bag?
Toshiba Satellite A35, Microsoft Wireless Mouse 6000, Microsoft Life Cam NX-6000, CDs with various tools to troubleshoot and repair computers, GPS, small USB light, portable USB hub, USB Memory stick (2 GB), power cable, retractable network cable, blue sharpie, ball point pen and Halo 2 (There is more to computers than just work).
- What is the best thing that has happened since you have become an MVP?
I have had a chance to meet many other MVPs who like to help others and enjoy doing it. Also meeting the people behind Windows/Microsoft Update. Most of this has happened at the MVP Summits.
- What is your motto?
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best
- Who is your hero?
Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong. They both are, can’t narrow down to one.
- What does success mean to you?
Not giving up. Not achieving your original intended goal is not necessarily a failure. Giving up is the sign of failure.
- What do all Microsoft MVPs have in common?
2 things and only two things from what I have seen. We all like to help others and we all like at least one Microsoft product. Other than that we come from all walks of life from many countries with nearly countless beliefs.