Category Archives: Smart Home

Fake product screenshots

Fake Windows Home Server screen.  This is weird. I can understand people who have too much time on their hands creating fake product images of products that are not available yet. For example all of the mocked up images of Apple’s …Continue reading

A great runthrough of Windows Home Server setup

Terry over at We Got Served posted a nice run through of what the setup for Windows Home Server beta 2 is like. He took pictures along the way and if you are curious to see what it looks like before …Continue reading

Building your Windows Home Server box

Until OEMs ship Windows Home Server hardware the only way to run Windows Home Server is on a machine you provide. The hardware requirements are pretty meager: An x86 CPU with roughly the same horsepower as a 1GHz Pentium III. …Continue reading

One Man (keeps) Shouting

Rick has posted several more parts of his ongoing series on Windows Home Server based on his discussions with me. He’s up to “Part 4“ as of today: Part 1 – Security of Data, User Privacy  Part 2 – User …Continue reading

Scoble says the buzz has died?

First, I think the idea of having a conversation via blogs is funny. In his post today Robert says “I hope to interview Charlie Kindel (he runs the Home Server group) when I visit Seattle later this month…“ Since he …Continue reading

Book Review: River of Gods

Whew! I finally finished River of Gods by Ian McDonald this weekend. I categorize River of Gods as a “Great story but a PITA to read book”. Here’s the deal: I shouldn’t have to work to read a science fiction …Continue reading

Windows Home Server team blog

My team (the Windows Home Server team) now has a blog. Here’s the abstract for this new blog. This blog is managed by the Windows Home Server team at Microsoft.  Our goal with the blog is to educate and inform families …Continue reading

Visual Studio Express and Windows Home Server

Dan Fernandez is the lead product manager for Visual Studio Express. He just blogged about developing tools and applications for Windows Home Server using Visual Studio. + As I mentioned in my Channel9 video I’m super excited that WHS is …Continue reading

Matt Pietrek & Windows Home Server

I just noticed that Matt Pietrek has been blogging about his experience playing with Windows Home Server. Matt is one of the many MS employees who have been Dogfooding the product for a while.

Home Server Flickr Group

Windows Home Server prototype Originally uploaded by ckindel. I’ve created a Flickr group for collecting pictures of people’s home servers and other related images Inspired by the Media Center group at  

Android Dreams

I recently finished John Scalzi’s Andoid’s Dream. I’ve said it before, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Robert Heinlein and John’s writing reminds me of his. This book is John’s 3rd sci-fi novel and his maturity over time as a …Continue reading

Questions Answered

Over on the discussion thread for my Channel9 video I just posted answers to some of the questions people have been asking about Windows Home Server…  

My Windows Home Server

My Windows Home Server Originally uploaded by ckindel. This is my WHS box at home. It started out in a different case (an Antec), but I retired my wife’s old computer and it used this Lian Lai case (which I’ve …Continue reading

King5 BillG Interview/Story

Dennis Bounds of King5 News (Seattle) interviewed BillG in the CES booth over the week. I posted a still I took during the interview on Monday. I finally got a chance to watch the interview (it is posted on the …Continue reading

Someone created a Wikipedia article for Windows Home Server I made a few edits correcting some inaccuracies… Whoever did it got most of it right. Nice job.

A great quote

Someone just forwarded me the following quote. This really resonates with me. I have been working on trying to get a home server product built at Microsoft for over 8 years… “At first people refuse to believe that a strange …Continue reading

We’ve been /. ed   It’s quite gratifying to see the number of fans of WHS we have on this slashdot thread.  There was an earlier /. thread that pointed to an article that was ostensibly about Windows Home Server, but was really …Continue reading

HP MediaSmart home server

HP’s offical page on their Windows Home Server powered box.  My team has a great relationship with the MediaSmart server team at HP. HP has done an outstanding job on their industrial design, mechanicals, and electronics (we have early engineering prototypes …Continue reading

Channel9 video interview on Windows Home Server

My Channel 9 interview video just went live. Please don’t tease me about how often I say “um”.

Stop Digital Amnesia SWAG

Stop Digital Amnesia SWAG Originally uploaded by ckindel. Have you checked out yet? I know in my first post I had a typo in the URL (thanks Mark for fixing it remotely for me!).My marketing team (and the vendors …Continue reading