More fun with Amazon reviews.

A co-worker sent this around and I just HAD to share it…   It’s not nearly as geeky as “The Story of Ping”.   For those that don’t want to follow the link, these are some of reviews for this:   “I bought this review based on all of the positive reviews, but am having some…

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Why are they called “giblets” anyway?

Five years ago, I attended one of the initial security training courses as a part of the XP SP2 effort.  I wrote this up in one of my very first posts entitled “Remember the giblets” and followed it up last year with “The Trouble with Giblets”.  I use the term “giblets” a lot but I’d…

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Windows 7 Reflections…

Today[1] Microsoft formally launched Windows 7.  I can’t say how proud I am of the work we did in Windows 7 – it’s been an amazing journey.  This is the 4th version of Windows I’ve worked on and I have never felt this way about a release of Windows.  I have to admit that I…

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Win7 Whoppers

Wow, one of my co-workers just sent this image out.  It’s totally awesome (IMHO)… http://twitpic.com/mehp6/full     Edit: The image tag didn’t work for some reason so I removed it and just left the link… Bonus: The first Win7 ad: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/10/21/multimedia/1247465293593/an-ad-for-windows-7-from-microsoft.html#  

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Looking for new skillz (turning the blog around)…

Just for giggles, I went looking at the various job listings within Microsoft and outside Microsoft (no, I’m not going anywhere, I was just curious).  While looking, I realized that I had absolutely no marketable skills :).  Nobody seems to be hiring an OS developer these days. To repeat and be even more clear: I’m…

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I can make it arbitrarily fast if I don’t actually have to make it work.

Digging way back into my pre-Microsoft days, I was recently reminded of a story that I believe was told to me by Mary Shaw back when I took her Computer Optimization class at Carnegie-Mellon… During the class, Mary told an anecdote about a developer “Sue” who found a bug in another developer’s “Joe” code that…

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Building a flicker free volume control

When we shipped Windows Vista, one of the really annoying UI annoyances with the volume control was that whenever you resized it, it would flicker.  To be more specific, the right side of the control would flicker – the rest didn’t flicker (which was rather strange).   Between the Win7 PDC release (what we called…

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The story behind the mysterious “Ding” in Windows Vista.

I just ran into this fairly old post on Channel 9.  mstefan reported that his applications played a “Ding” noise when selecting an item in a listview (or tree) control.   It turns out that I’d had the problem independently reported to me by one of the people here at Microsoft.  Here were his reproduction…

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What’s the difference between GetTickCount and timeGetTime?

I’ve always believed that the most frequently used multimedia API in winmm.dll was the PlaySound API.  However I recently was working with the results of some static analysis tools that were run on the Windows 7 codebase and I realized that in fact the most commonly used multimedia API (in terms of code breadth) was…

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Digging into the history bin (AKA: Microsoft Developer says that Windows is useless)

As I was writing my “25 years of Larry’s history at Microsoft in 1 year chunks” blog posts, I spent a fair amount of time digging through my email archives (trying to figure out exactly what happened at what time).  During this, I ran into a link to a post I’d made on the Info-IBMPC…

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