If my impression from this and other sources is correct, a huge percentage of the developers time is spent in various meetings.
Actually, this is not true for most developers around here. Meetings are mainly the bread and butter of program managers and the like. Development managers are also big time meeting goers. For the developers in the trenches meetings are occasional in nature.
Certainly not the norm. Remember, somebody has to write and debug the code that brings our products to life.
One of the great things about Microsoft is that developers are shielded from meeting madness.
Another way to put this, should I be so bold, is that the need to be unmanaged when writing a next generation Windows application will become the exceptional notion, not the expected behavioral pattern, in Longhorn.
"I felt the presentation was a little cursory overall and stated a lot of obvious and uninteresting points"
What would you like to know about security that is more spot on in your opinion?
"I wonder how much prep work goes into each of these interviews...both by the interviewer and interviewee"
As one of the members of Channel 9 and having conducted many interviews I can assure that the only preparation that goes into our interviews is getting the interviewee to consent to being interviewed and scheduling time to conduct the interview. That's it.