24 years ago today (1985)

Way back in 1985 I was busy working on MS-DOS 4.0.  MS-DOS 4.0 was a multitasking derivative of MS-DOS 2.0 (during 1985 we integrated the changes for MS-DOS 3.1 to MS-DOS 4.1). It’s important to remember the difference between MS-DOS and PC-DOS.  PC-DOS was an IBM OS offering which was largely written by Microsoft.  MS-DOS…

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23 years ago today (1986)

23 years ago, I was working on finishing MS-DOS 4.0 and transitioning to work on MS-DOS 4.1.  We also moved from the original Northup campus to the brand new 4 building campus herein Redmond.  At the time the company mandated that we give up our President’s Day holiday and instead replace it with the day…

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20, 21 and 22 years ago (1987-1989)

Ok, at this point it should be blindingly obvious where this series is going :). In early 1987 I was still working on MS-DOS 4.1, a custom version of DOS for ICL in the UK.  I also got married to my wonderful wife Valorie in January.  We returned from our honeymoon and I wandered into work…

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Nineteen years ago today (1990)

In 1990 I joined the WIndows NT OS/2 team after working on Lan Manager for several years.  I was one of about 4-5 developers who moved from the Lan Manager team to join the much storied NT OS/2 developers.  I still have my copy of the NT OS/2 workbook in my office – it’s a…

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Seventeen years ago today (1992)

I was working on the NT team working on the NT browser.  I was also preparing for my first major vacation in about 8 years – I was going to take 6 weeks off to visit Worldcon in Orlando, spend some time at Disneyworld, and visit my family on the east coast to show off…

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Sixteen years ago (1993)

Sixteen years ago, we were busy finishing up Windows NT 3.1.  On NT, I worked on the browser (network neighborhood) and the CIFS network filesystem, they both had their own challenges.  The NT browser (the computer browser service and bowser.sys (yes the name is NOT a typo)) were my first (and so far only) attempt…

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Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen years ago (1994-1998)

Sorry, I was off on Friday so no post.  1994 was probably the most tumultuous year of my career at Microsoft.  In 1994, I left the NT team to join the “Tiger” team, a research project dedicated to building a media delivery infrastructure (in 1994, this was extremely ambitious since the MPEG standards had just…

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Eleven years ago today (August 1999)

Eleven years ago, I was in the Exchange group, working on Exchange 2000 (same as 10 years ago :)).  The summer of 1999 was when Microsoft rolled out it’s “Comp2000” system which completely reworked the compensation system at Microsoft.  One of the drastic changes associated with Comp2000 was a radical rethinking of how employees were…

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Ten years ago today (August 1999)

In 1999, I was busy working on shipping Exchange 2000.  Most of the work I did on E2K was related to re-engineering the security subsystem for Exchange – the original security subsystem used a custom ACL model, for Exchange 2000, I converted that to use NT style ACLs.  This might have been the hardest technical…

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Nine years ago today (August 2000)

The biggest event on my plate in August was that I took taken delivery of a brand spanking new Itanium machine that was intended for 64bit Exchange development :).  We also shipped Exchange 2000 during mid 2000.  2000 was a time of some turmoil for the Exchange store development team – after shipping Exchange 2000,…

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