@#$@#$ When will people learn about the dancing bunnies/bears…

Yeah, I said I was on vacation, but this is SO depressing.  I just saw this on the front page of MSNBC.COM. It describes a new varient of Sober, which is forwarded as an executable contained in a .ZIP file. I wrote about the issue back in July, but it’s still depressing/annoying to see things like…


I’m fried…

As you can probably tell from the lack of posts to this blog, I’m feeling a bit burned out putting the finishing touches on my parts of Vista Beta2, so I’m taking the next week off. So no new posts until at least the 28th.   Everyone in the US, have a happy Thanksgiving, and…


The last consumer operating system written in my lifetime…

Way back in the day, I was chatting with Tom Miller, one of the NT filesystem developers – he and Gary Kimura were the guys who designed and built NTFS. At some point, the conversation drifted around to our motivations for working on NT, and Tom made a comment that’s stuck with me for the…


My neighbor’s Hive.Net video cast

It turns out that my neighbor works in the same building as I do, she’s the group product manager for IE (go figure that one).  I ran into her the other day, and she pointed me to this video she did for “hive.net”. I’ve got to say that I was really impressed.  The content is…


A co-worker just forwarded this…

Apparently it was on Conan last night, but…   I normally don’t like Triumph the comic insult dog, but for some reason, I thought that this was hysterical (maybe because I got too little sleep last night or something, I don’t know).  


The dreaded "beeping death"

Anyone who’s been at Microsoft for long enough (long enough to use DOS on a day-to-day basis) remembers the deadly “beeping death”. The “beeping death” was an artifact of the MS-NET product that we deployed for networking here at Microsoft, and I was the developer responsible for the “beeping death”. What was the beeping death? …


When do you hear the beep?

The other day, I wrote about beep.sys.  It turns out that Windows will still generate calls to beep.sys under certain circumstances. The most common place you’re likely to hear beep.sys is if there’s a problem with your machines audio solution (either it’s malfunctioning, the drivers aren’t working, or its been disabled or removed).  In that…


Beep Beep

What’s the deal with the Beep() API anyway? It’s one of the oldest Windows API, dating back to Windows 1.0.  It’s also one of the few audio APIs that my team doesn’t own.  The Beep API actually has its own dedicated driver (beep.sys).  The reason for this is that the Beep() API works totally differently…


Cool illusion found on Michael Gartenberg’s blog

Michael Gartenberg pointed out this cool illusion.  It’s a circle of pink dots with a rotating highlight.  If you stare at it long enough, the pink highlight turns green, and if you keep on looking at it, the circle of pink dots disappears.   Very, very freaky.