Scott Hanselman

Ssshh...Secrets and Betas and NDAs, oh, my

February 1, '07 Comments [19] Posted in Musings
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I'm testing something right now that is so cool, so simple, so obvious, so elegant, so clever, and well, just so secret, that I can't say a word to anyone.

That's what the NDA says. James Bond and his Quartermaster "Q" would be proud of me for saying nothing because I haven't said a word.

This product kindels sparks of enthusiasm in me, but I can't speak about it. I will wait though, and when I am allowed to talk about it, I'll say nice things.

It's basic, this product, but it's improving a fundamental aspect of my life the way the iPod, ReplayTV and GPS did. It's lame and it's sad to be a secret because this product deserves its praises to be sung.

I'm not sure what the point of keeping it secret is, but it's a 2.0 world and the {set of folks who are not I} make the rules.

What are you currently testing or working on that is so secret you dare not speak its name?

What have you worked on in the past that was kept secret, but by the time it finally came out, no one cared?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007 10:52:38 AM UTC
It wouldn't be Windows Home Server would it? <<:)
Thursday, February 01, 2007 12:49:43 PM UTC
While I did not test it, wasn't the a@ (a.k.a. Ginger?) supposed to be life changing?
Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:55:03 PM UTC
Is it so secret that the "kindels" site in your link has been taken down?
Thursday, February 01, 2007 2:23:06 PM UTC
The link Scott provided doesn't work, but if toy scroll down the page to this entry:

posted @ 1/7/2007 5:41 PM

You'll see what he's taking about. I wonder why Scott is under NDA when it seems to have been announced almost a month ago.
Thursday, February 01, 2007 2:33:09 PM UTC
Of my secrets from the past nothing stands out more then Every single product I tested at XEROX!

With all of their secrecy and code names I never heard anyone talking about them once they actually launched.

Oh well...
Thursday, February 01, 2007 2:46:42 PM UTC
Sorry, can't tell. <g>
Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:05:16 PM UTC
Cached "Kindel" link (thanks Microsoft!):
Peter {faa780ce-0f0a-4c28-81d2-3
Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:27:23 PM UTC
If the product is indeed Windows Home Server, someone should tell Matt Pietrek it's a secret. He's been documenting his experiences with it: ;-)
Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:41:19 PM UTC
I'm not sure how much of a secret WHS can be: :-)
Thursday, February 01, 2007 10:18:14 PM UTC
Just because a hypothetical product has been announce, doesn't mean all its features or complete strategy has been announced. ;)
Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:43:44 PM UTC
.... and, it doesn't mean anyone on the beta can confirm they are on the beta, or that the beta exists (standard MS NDA)

:) -- Nic, who also may, or may not, be on the beta that may, or may not, exist, for the product, which may, or may not, be WHS.

It is freaking cool tho.

Scott, from memory, assuming you ARE talking about WHS, you CAN blog about it, and it's existance. Just not stuff which hasn't been publicly talked about my an MS person (usually cek) without clearance.

And I think, so far, he's talked about almost all the cool things in it, so it's close to fair game.....
Friday, February 02, 2007 12:27:31 AM UTC
"What have you worked on in the past that was kept secret, but by the time it finally came out, no one cared?"

Do offspring count?

I keed, I keed...
Friday, February 02, 2007 1:29:38 AM UTC
Anything I worked on between 1997 and 2000.
Friday, February 02, 2007 4:39:08 AM UTC
Well, can you at least tell us when we'll be able to learn about this secret product? =-)
Friday, February 02, 2007 4:48:48 AM UTC
Personally, I think NDA's are silly. I've had to sign them in the past while beta testing various games, however, a product without an NDA and some well placed fan sites can generate some great hype. NDA's simply try to put a mysterious veil over the product, making people wonder, when most of the time it’s an anticlimactic launch. Granted, I am not an inventor of the product, so I am sure they serve a worthwhile cause.

Friday, February 02, 2007 6:31:09 AM UTC
Josh - I dunno. I'm asking if I can do a write up. Since it's been announced to exist, the NDAs are unclear on what can be talked about. I assume, of course, that anything that's public is fair game, but I want to do a thorough review so I'm asking.
Scott Hanselman
Friday, February 02, 2007 6:43:12 PM UTC
I think all the WHS talk is a smoke screen and you are playing with a "Q-bean". :)
Tim K
Saturday, February 03, 2007 12:07:46 AM UTC
Because you're so Microsoft crazy I'll say Zune Phone or Service Ceneter Service Desk.
Saturday, February 03, 2007 9:56:33 AM UTC
I would say that you are testing WHS with window live drive. Am i right? I know i am :P.
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