We asked a Retired Microsoft Windows Engineer 100 Questions! Why oh Why? Find out!

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You picked the questions, Dave provided the answers in "Dave's Garage Livestream 2"!
Retired operating systems engineer "Davepl" brings us the second installment of the Dave's Garage Livestream series where he answers questions from the audience on Microsoft, products, security, languages, design, and more!

Check the channel for the NEXT livestream so you can join in and get your Microsoft questions answered!

0:00 - Tukwila and NT
3:16 - Did Microsoft ever try custom silicon?
4:52 - Active Directory Integration
6:23 - Do you prefer Windows or Linux?
9:42 - Why did Win95 not have Activation or Protection?
10:49 - Preparing for Y2K
11:54 - Porting the shell code
14:36 - OS/2 Cancellation
15:38 - Major Feature vs Incremental
16:51 - What languages is Windows written in?
18:37 - What are Dave’s favorite games?
20:51 - What PC did you use at Microsoft?
23:12 - Task Manager Flicker
23:41 - When was Build Lab introduced?
24:07 - Why is Dave not in the Windows 95 Easter egg?
26:09 - How did .NET come to Microsoft?
26:32 - Why does the Unix Epoch start in 1970 and not 1900
27:16 - What did NT use for GFX before DirectX and OpenGL?
28:17 - Did you ever work on Flight Simulator?
28:23 - How did you feel about the removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8?
28:45 - Why is the lock desktop a different resolution than the main desktop?
29:29 - Would you port Pinball to mobile if given the chance?
29:39 - Who invented the Registry?
30:39 - Did you ever code in 8080?
30:58 - Is Windows intrinsically less secure than Linux?
34:34 - Bitmap sector editor via the Explorer Bar?
34:59 - Build Lab Clarification
35:10 - Windows 10 S Mode
35:30 - What did you work on in OLE/COM?
36:52 - What is about Programming that you like?
38:59 - How much ASM is still in Windows?
40:34 - Have you tried iOS development?
40:59 - Could you do a Livestream on other topics?
41:18 - What’s your favorite computer language?
42:01 - NT Screensavers
42:37 - The ZIPFolders Corvette
45:15 - Are you a Racing fan?
47:07 - What is your favorite car?
48:40 - How do you feel about Javascript?
49:33 - Should you play with leaked beta builds?
49:52 - What was your most bug-free code?
50:04 - How did you start to learn to program?
51:42 - Do you have any experience with Automotive software, CANBUS, etc?
53:24 - LouP and JimK
53:37 - Is the Windows source code well written or messy?
54:42 - Do you every use anything other than Windows?
56:56 - Is MAX_PATH a good idea?
57:58 - What would you do different if you had your own company?
59:02 - Any facepalm features in Windows?
59:10 - How did you get the code out of the car computer to look at it?
59:36 - What would hand-picking features look like?
59:54 - Is there any code by BillG in Windows?
1:00:27 - What are you currently learning?
1:00:43 - 0xDEADBEEF AND 0XBAADF00D
1:01:07 - What is the most nostalgic feature?
1:01:15 - Overview of the Microsoft development process
1:06:23 - Hidden desktop windows - what for and why?
1:07:26 - Checked or Free builds?
1:08:09 - Difference between CAB and ZIP files
1:08:45 - Windows desktop vs Linux desktops
1:09:32 - Why can’t you name a file CON?
1:10:09 - The Kernel Dev Rant
1:10:36 - Why is Notepad such a lame editor?
1:11:09 - Mini Microsoft
1:11:28 - Privacy, Telemetry, and Data Harvesting in Windows
1:12:39 - Do employees get free software?
1:13:20 - Why was the Alpha AXP version of Windows cancelled?
1:13:51 - Most Controversial Microsoft moment
1:14:05 - Is the shell inside or on top of the Kernel?
1:14:26 - Thoughts on Telemetry in Windows 10
1:15:45 - Elon Musk
1:16:05 - Embedded Programming
1:16:35 - How to boot Windows in verbose mode
1:17:39 - How do you know what you can say or not?
1:17:59 - What kind of music do you listen to?
1:18:45 - Will Windows ever move to a Linux kernel?
1:20:14 - The “I Love it” Easter Egg in MS-DOS
1:20:26 - The XP Source Code leak
1:21:48 - Autism
1:22:44 - Where is the Quad Episode Part 2
1:23:36 - Do you comment your code?
1:24:16- Why was Calc removed from Windows?
1:24:59 - Volume licensing and piracy
1:26:36 - The best code I’ve ever seen
1:27:16 - Interacting with other teams
1:28:24 - Plans to sell merchandise
1:28:39 - Variable naming conventions
1:31:06 - How do you know what’s under NDA or not?
1:31:49 - SQL servers - what do you use?
1:32:02 - Certifications
1:32:28 - Why does bug X still exist in Windows?
1:33:09 - How to get started in Kernel coding?
1:33:29 - Any interest in ASM episodes?
1:34:29 - Culture shock: Win95 vs WinNT
1:35:41 - RUST and React
1:36:51 - 10GB Networking Topic ideas
1:37:28 - Closing

Remember, Dave is a former employee who is now retired, but who is not now and never was an "official" spokesperson. All opinions are his only.
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