Defrag Tools #106 - Larry Osterman - 30 Years - Part 1

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In a two part special for Defrag Tools, Larry Osterman joins Larry Larsen, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder to celebrate Larry's 30 years at Microsoft. We travel to the Microsoft Archives building to reminisce over a selection of products that Microsoft has produced over Larry's 30 year career.

Microsoft Archives - Campus Tours
Microsoft Archives - Microspotting
Larry Osterman's Weblog
Larry Osterman on Channel 9

[00:00] - 30 Years!
[00:38] - Service glass (5/10/15/20/25yrs below)
[01:40] - Microsoft Archives
[02:27] - Flight Simulator (Press Release for 2015)
[02:47] - Binders, inc. 8" floppy
[04:35] - Cobol
[05:12] - Iconography
[07:42] - Amy's selection of Larry's products
[08:02] - MS-DOS, inc. 5¼" & 3½" floppies
[10:16] - LAN Manager
[13:11] - Microsoft Interactive Television - 20yrs before Netflix
[16:52] - Exchange
[24:10] - Windows 3.1
[26:48] - Windows 3.5 - Daytona
[27:32] - 'New Technology', Windows NT, OS/2
[32:58] - Scalability Day - Windows vs. Mainframe
[33:46] - Larry still has the ATM card!
[36:38] - The NCR ATM from Scalability Day
[37:58] - So did Larry donate the card? No, a few already were in the collection.
[38:46] - More next week... inc. the MS Mouse, Clippy and Buildings 1-4

Congratulations Larry on 30yrs - you're an inspiration to so many!

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    Parag Paul

    Congratulations Larry, Have followed you since I joined MS

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    Congratulations Larry Osterman! It is always fascinating to hear Larry's stories about how so many things came to life on Microsoft.
    This is a very interesting episode! Fantastic!

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    This is the first C9 video I've watched in a while but how could I resist Larry Osterman's stories :)

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    Wow...this is really awesome.. Congratulations Larry Osterman!

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    This is a really great nostalgic video.   By chance, does anyone know where to look for further details on the architectural choice that kept WOW 16 from running simultaneously on 64 bit Windows with WOW 32 ?

    I'd love to see them hold up a copy of Windows 1.0 in the archive...

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    Larry, you need to donate the goat horns :-)

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    Next stop: Larry's house museum.

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    @jlomax:This is an architectural limitation of the x86 processors. Wikipedia notes it on the page about Virtual 8086 mode (which is what enables WOW16 on 32-bit Windows to provide the backwards compatibility with 16-bit DOS and Windows apps):

    "Support for virtual 8086 mode is not available in x86-64 long mode, although it is still present on 64-bit capable processors running in legacy mode."

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