Off the grid

As others have mentioned, there was a big wind storm last thursday and a huge number of people in the seattle area lost power, including the main microsoft campus for over 24 hours (which is just unheard of). We lost power for one day which was not a huge deal because we have family in…

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And in the spirit of RTM and the holiday season…

I leave you with this lovely poem, penned by Donald Livengood at HP and included here with his permission: Twas nearly a fortnight before Christmas, and on December the 8thTAPs and RDPs waited patiently, each having some faithTheir testing now done, and not seeing a blipThey all wondered quietly if E12 would ship The datacenters…

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In case you hadn’t heard yet…

We RTM’d last Friday. Awww yeah!   As some of us were discussing on friday, “RTM day” is really a unique milestone in the life of many microsoft employees. I’ve been here 9 years and shipped 5 products that were all on 2-3 year cycles, so such a day just doesn’t come around very often…

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Quickly view the internet headers of a message in Outlook

Just about anyone who runs mail servers needs to look at headers from time to time. This is especially true during the development of product such as Exchange, as we track down and fix bugs. I wrote this little macro to make that a little easier. Select a message, click the button to run the…

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Idea: Monitors and sticky notes

During a 1:1 with one of my reports today, he brought a pad of post-it notes to the meeting and was jotting to-do’s down on them, and I pointed out how I also had stickies all over my monitor. We ended up talking about how people manage their task list, a very relevant discussion to…

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Me Too!

Larry blogged a month ago about an “incident” we had internally in the vein of the infamous Bedlam DL3, and in the comment thread he mentioned that I was making a tshirt. The shirts arrived today and I spent a harried hour handing them out to roughly a bazillion people (I counted). Here are the…

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This seems like a fear of commitment, but I swear it’s not…

As I hinted a few weeks ago, I’m changing jobs again. My last role change was over a year ago, that’s almost a record for me. My new job is being the UX Manager for the next release of Exchange. I will be leading a team of designers and researchers on the UX (User Experience)…

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