Sophie’s choice in software development

I just stumbled on this little bit of history and was so fascinated that I wanted to share: “Excel behaves as if the date 1900-Feb-29 existed.  It did not.  The year 1900 was not a leap year (the year 2000 is a leap year).  In Excel, the day after 1900-Feb-28 is 1900-Feb-29.  In reality, the…


A release manager’s bag of tricks

So, like I mentioned a while back, I’m now a professional bean counter[1]. And as a release manager, I need to find scalable ways of keeping track of the work that several hundred program managers, developers, testers and writers on the Exchange team are doing. The trick is that I can’t afford to get too…


“Be a beacon”

Around two years ago, I put Sneakers into my netflix queue. Now I am happy to say that they finally have a release date for the DVD: December 2004!


I don’t get it.

I’m looking forward to playing Halo 2 as much as the next guy, but oddly enough I didn’t feel the need to have it The Day Of and especially not The Midnight Of The Day Of. I ordered it online and it should be here friday or monday. I love the game and am really…


Those microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much!

I’m so tired of hearing that “microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much.” There’s a whole bunch of people blogging about current technologies right now – so let’s stop disrespecting them by pretending that they are a meaningless minority, and instead figure out ways to promote them. Obviously that work is already in progress…


If you’re trying to buy a mini-SD online, be very cautious

This week I purchased an Audiovox SMT 5600[1] aka C500 and switched my cell phone service from T-Mobile to AT&T Wireless in order to get this phone, as I have been waiting for this combination of features and form factor in a smartphone for 2 years. I was excited to try out synching some TV content between…


Social Engineering

I’ve long been interested in the social engineering techniques used by virus authors to get people to open attachments. The mother’s day bill for the pearl necklace was brilliant, as was the one urging users to open the attachment to protect them from viruses. Phishing is really starting to scare me, the phishers are getting…


Crawling with parasites

Like most bloggers, I glance through my referrers from time to time. I just noticed that a recent post of mine is linked from a topic on flexwiki about formatting for flexwiki, and I thought to myself, gee golly that’s nice. Fortunately I was brought back to earth a moment later after seeing later on…


When you write code, you write bugs. Period.

Larry has a great post about the myth of zero defects. As a release manager (or rather, bean counter), the issues discussed there are part of my daily life. One interesting aspect of bug management that may not be immediately obvious has to do with automation. Years ago, product teams at Microsoft didn’t have much…