…back at it–fall preview

It’s been over a year, but this fall seems a fitting time to return to regular blogging.  I’ve still been involved with the Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG) and now work at the Chicago MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), but with the job change came some time to get familiar with a new team, new processes…

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summer hardware, software and dogfood

it seems not a month goes by at microsoft where you aren’t testing something or submitting feedback on software.  if you enjoy living between what is here and what’s next, microsoft is a really fun place to work.  it’s obviously not the only company that is introducing new hardware, software and services, so here’s a…

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back to dogfooding

probably the coolest part of working for microsoft is the opportunity to dogfood so many amazing technologies before they are released.  from windows and office to xbox and windows live there have been so many opportunities to take a look ahead i have lost count. there are times while i have been with microsoft that…

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workshifting

i came across this blog called workshifting and have found a number of the posts thought provoking.  the first time i found it i wasn’t certain what workshifting was (they list “anywhere is my office” and “what we used to call telecommuting” as explanations) but liked the concept of this website (especially since i fall squarely into…

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office 2010 with click-to-run

before we could speak publically about it, i was talking with a coworker about the fact that once windows 7 shipped i would still be dogfooding code since the next version office would still be in development and he asked if i had heard of click-to-run.  click-to-run is  based on core virtualization and streaming technologies from…

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putting computer #2 into the direct access dogfood…

so today i ran my second and third (and assisted with a fourth and fifth) upgrade to the windows 7 release candidate.  the upgrade from windows vista sp2 release candidate ran fine.  i’ve put in a request to make it my second computer in the direct access pilot.  more on the upgrades and what was…

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test, test and test some more

as i’m typing this post, i’m running on windows vista sp2 release candidate, just downloaded and installed internet explorer 8 and the office 2007 service pack 2 beta.  the system is also configured with windows 7 boot to vhd for interim windows 7 testing and app-v 4.5 cu1 as well.  microsoft deployment toolkit 2010 and…

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windows vista, windows 7 and application compatibility

the springboard series has released a number of videos that explain a number of features in windows 7.  the first one i watched was on application compatibility.  showing the same work that went into fixing an application running on windows vista and then on windows 7 really emphasizes the capability of using windows vista as…

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the week of windows 7

last night steve ballmer kicked off ces 2009 and introduced the windows 7 beta.  it is available today on msdn and technet and will more broadly available on friday.  now that it is officially unveiled, a number of internal folks will begin dogfooding (running the beta in production to provide feedback and fully experience windows…

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beta streaming – works great

i really like horror movies.  ever since middle school i’ve enjoyed well made (and not so well made) horror movies.  october always seems like a good time of the year to start thinking of some that i haven’t seen for quiet sometime.  this evening i finally got one of the dogfood betas i am participating…

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