The about me page, the author of the “Bits Of Water” IT technology page blog, Michael Waterman. I was born on August 15 in the year 1974. I spend my childhood in the south of the Netherlands in a place called Eindhoven. During these early years I grew up with cartoons like Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats and one of my greater passions, Star Wars. My first ever movie was “Return of the Jedi” back in 1983. I already owned many of the toys, but never seen the movie on the big screen. That was such an amazing experience!
It was also during those years that I got my first computer. My dad has worked his entire life at Philips and so it happened that my first computer was a Philips VideoPac G7000. I remember playing lots and lots of games on that machine. Over the years I had a few other brands like the famous MSX, MSX2 and the Amiga 500 around 1992. It wasn’t until 1994 that I got my first personal computer. If I remember correctly it was a Compaq Presario CDS 942 running at a staggering 90 MHz. When I bought it, it was running Windows 3.11 for Workgroups but I upgraded it to Windows 95 the next year. During that year I also surfed the web for the first time. Still on a very slow modem compared to these days high-speed connections. In 1995 I started my IT education after getting out of the armed forces. I studied for 3 years until I got my first IT job at a company named Origin.
During my 19 years in IT I started out as a service desk person and worked my way up to become a technical architect at the same company. Wanting something else I tried being in the storage world for some time, just wasn’t my technology. Although the company, Netapp, was really wonderful for its employees. I applied for a job at Microsoft and so it happened that I became an infrastructure consultant and afterwards, once I found my way into security, a senior engineer cyber security. I stayed at Microsoft for 9 years. I just wanted something else, a bit closer to home instead of traveling throughout the world. Just by chance I guess I was contacted by a recruiter from Philips if I would be interested in a security engineer job at a newly formed business unit named, Philips Digital Pathology Solutions. So it was that after a long run at Microsoft I joined Philips in June of 2016.
Having a long career in IT I’ve worked with lots of operating systems, servers and clients. Although I’m a security minded person I can get enthusiastic about many IT technology aspects. People always tell me that I’m not the typical engineer but more a people person. What I really enjoy doing is being on stage and telling people how stuff actually works, but to be honest I also like to dig into the bits and bytes every now and then.
Volunteering – 501st Legion
Since 1997, the costuming organization known as the 501st Legion has spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate.
There is nothing quite like a group of Stormtroopers to bring attention to an event. Unlike individual entertainers, the 501st Legion functions as a group creating a true science-fiction/fantasy ambience with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Our internal standards ensure a high level of professionalism in both actions and appearance to ensure your event runs smoothly. Having participated at events throughout the world for nearly a decade, the 501st name alone has been known to boost attendance and media attention.
With this group of volunteers I portray the character of a Scout Trooper. These advanced recon troopers where first introduced in the third movie of the Star Wars genre “Return of the Jedi”. For me personally this character has something special, they look awesome and I have a special memory about getting one from my mother. I guess her passing away early 2016 aided in choosing this costume.
The 501st Legion is a volunteer fan organization, raising money to fight cancer in any way we can. Being at conventions like Comicon, entertaining children in a hospital or at events specially organized for those in need, you can depend on the 501’st to make the day!
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Native VHD Boot: A Walkthrough of Common Scenarios
During my years at Microsoft I’ve encountered many new and exciting pieces of technology. One of those adventures started way back in 2009 with a beta of Windows 7. The technology I’m referring to technology was called “Native VHD Boot”. At the time not much information was released to the public. Having the benefits of being an internal employee I hunted down the product team and asked them all sorts of question on it internal working. Having all this knowledge I decided it was time to share it with the public. What started with a single page of notes ended up as a 6 month journey throughout the company, going through the process of writing, validating, collaborating with technical writers and finally publishing my document on the Microsoft download site. Since it’s been over 5 years the document has since been deleted from the site, but you can download it from this page. See the download link below. The Technet link is still up and running. Hope it can be useful to you!
Native VHD Boot: A Walkthrough of Common Scenarios
Download the document native-vhd-boot-a-walkthrough-of-common-scenarios.