Behind The Code

Mark Zbikowski - From DOS 1.0 to Windows Vista

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This is Behind the Code’s pilot episode with Core File Services architect, Mark Zbikowski. Mark began his career at Microsoft in 1981, working on DOS 1.0 as a designer, coder and liaison with IBM. His quarter century long career has included significant involvement in OS/2, Cairo’s Object File System (OFS), and the NT File System (NTFS). In addition, he has been a key player in all of Microsoft’s File System work. Former Microsoft software architect Pat Helland interviews Mark about the early days at Microsoft, his passion for product development and the challenges of producing software.

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    • cain
      "This is Behind the Code’s pilot episode"

      I'd been wondering where that was...
    • CplCarrot
      Oh !*&%@@$ another video that I want to watch but cant download. I was hoping to stock up ready for a long train ride!
      Come on time to kick some butt.
      Charles (or is it Chazz) who should we nag to get this working?

      Charlie
    • littleguru
      Use FlashGet: Right click on the "Full screen" button. Click on "Download using FlashGet" and have fun (tested in IE). Downloads wonderful.

      And I guess Charles won't mind, if we download the video.

      I'm going to watch this video while traveling home tomorrow. I have been watching another Behind the Code with Andrews Heijlsberg a few months ago. That was very nice and interesting. Let's see how this is.
    • Bugslayer
      Ever wonder why the fiirst two bytes in a .exe are 'MZ' in ASCII.

      Mark worked on the DOS loader and this legacy lives on in Portable Executable images today!
    • Charles
      CplCarrot wrote:
      Oh !*&%@@$ another video that I want to watch but cant download. I was hoping to stock up ready for a long train ride!
      Come on time to kick some butt.
      Charles (or is it Chazz) who should we nag to get this working?

      Charlie


      I am workin on it. Please be patient. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      PS:How do you know about Chazz? Smiley You must be somebody I know...
      C
    • Zeo
      Wow this guy is crazy smart.

      From Ballmer's comments of "October 2004" I'm surprised that it took 2 years to get this out.
       
      Are these "Behind the Code" videos made for internal consumption and only now are being for public consumption?
    • gokce(RTM)
      Why this is not download
    • kolofon
      Great show and a great guy as well. These kind of shows really motivate me. Will more of these "Behind the Code" shows be released on ch.9?

      edit:

      channel9.msdn.com/shows/Behind_The_Code .

      The wonder! Smiley
    • erik_
      Charles wrote:
      
      CplCarrot wrote:
      Oh !*&%@@$ another video that I want to watch but cant download. I was hoping to stock up ready for a long train ride!
      Come on time to kick some butt.
      Charles (or is it Chazz) who should we nag to get this working?

      Charlie


      I am workin on it. Please be patient. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      PS:How do you know about Chazz? You must be somebody I know...
      C


      http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=192850#192850

      My Name is Chazz

      Posted by Charles // Sun, May 14, 2006 4:06 AM

      That's my name.
      C

      Ontopic:

      Great video! more more!
    • otech

      brilliant video; very inspirational fellow

      Is that video a few years old now though? ie, would this not be Marks 26th year?

      Would it be possible to follow up with Mark with a C9 interview about his recent contributions, I am sure anyone who watches this video would find it facinating to know what he's up to and if/what he is contributing to Vista.

      On another note, is WinFX sort of like OFS? Did he have any part in WinFX... (hope that doesnt go the same way as OFS Wink

      thanks guys

    • Sisti
      kolofon wrote:
      Great show and a great guy as well. These kind of shows really motivate me. Will more of these "Behind the Code" shows be released on ch.9?

      edit:

      channel9.msdn.com/shows/Behind_The_Code .

      The wonder!


      Yes, we will continue to release Behind the Code on C9. Our next release is slated (at this time) for August.

      Thanks for watching!
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      Comment removed at user's request.

    • littleguru
      erik_ wrote:
      
      Charles wrote:  I am workin on it. Please be patient. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      PS:How do you know about Chazz? You must be somebody I know...
      C


      http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=192850#192850

      My Name is Chazz

      Posted by Charles // Sun, May 14, 2006 4:06 AM

      That's my name.
      C

      Ontopic:

      Great video! more more!


      Charles, how did you forget that? Were you really drunk? Or what has happened?

      The video is GREAT! I watched it the last hour and I learned a lot Smiley Great guy. How cool is it to have his initiales in every executable... Wow!
    • TravisOwens

      Two thumbs up, I love the concept of this show and hope to see more.  I love to hear stories of how Dos/Windows came to be from the people who made it.

      Maybe oneday we'll get Bill Hill, he's always interesting to hear from.

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      Comment removed at user's request.

    • directrix
      Man, what passion Mr. Zbikowski has in his work! I'd like to be like him someday.

      Kudos Mr. Zbikowski.

      You certainly will not be forgotten.
    • JerryNeal
      Mr. Zbikowski has a great legacy with the signature mark of the .exe

      I'd like to be as successful as Mark at Microsoft. However, the interview leaves me wondering if he received all the credit he deserves. Cairo became an albatros project and Mark got punished for his dedication. Also, I'm surprised he is not in a higher position at Microsoft.

      See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zbikowski
    • Sisti
      yman wrote:
      I thought Pat Halland left msft for amazon?



      Yes, he did. We filmed the  show when he was still working here.
    • modicr
      Hello!

      http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_minimsft_archive.html


      Another exit I didn't notice: Mark Zbikowski (MarkZ) has left
      Microsoft, too, as of June 9th, according to Wikipedia. People
      here in the comments noticed him missing from the GAL.
      Dynamic references to NTDEV\MarkZ have started 404'ing
      inside. Hmm... maybe our mini-mizing has finally started...
      in a silent, scary, horror-movie sort of way.


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zbikowski

      Roman
    • ildave1
      This video is definitely motivating.  He has done some excellent work at Microsoft!

      Anybody catch is Favorite data structure?
    • mazi_down_u​nder
      Hello my name is Samantha and I am cert 3 IT student in Australia, I was wondering if you can tell me about DOS to VISTA as I have it as a test so any information would be good. You can email me at mazi_down_under@yahoo.com or if you have msn dogtiny@hotmail.com as I have msn chat, ok thanks.

      Kinde Regards,

      Samantha
    • gripusa
      i can feel his pain while telling cairo being cancelled, i wish we could see that product ever in market
    • THT

      Just getting around to viewing - a bit longer than I can sit....Would it be possible to make it downloadable?  I notice that "Download" is not currently one of the avail options where it is for most other vids.

      Great interview, great interviewer, great technical quality.

      Thanks.

    • SimonW
      Where is this video?  The URL seems to no longer be valid, and search of C9 has turned up no alternate source.  Where can we get our hands on this?

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