After a two month hiatus, I have decided to resume blogging.
This time, I am hosting my blog with an independent blogger so that I better retain control of my rights to Free Speech. My old blog can be found here, but I am no longer able to post, answer, nor maintain that blog...
I have no problems leaving the IIS team. Ever since the reorg in 2004 and installation of new management in 2005, I have been unable to align myself with management's views and lowly treatment of me. But foolishly I stayed, partially because of my love for the product, its users, and the people with whom I worked. I know better now - whenever I find signs that I am not aligned with my management, I must leave to find better alignment because I will simply feel used. There is little chance that management will ever change unless they are very, very talented and have their hubris in check.
Thus, I have no problems having myself and my blog unassociated as a member of the IIS team. However, I am weary of the virtual gag-order imposed upon me - to lose control of my blog, my voice in cyberspace - and for them to attempt to strike from memory the wealth of IIS-releated material that I have already produced over the years... that is just not cool.
I may have issues with team management, but I never blogged for Microsoft; I blogged for the users. Now it happens that Microsoft and users benefitted, and I am happy to donate my time and acquired knowledge for the advancement of others - it is who I am. But, to have one set of disagreements unnecessarily affect the other... that's not cool nor fair.
Anyways, here is to my return! :-) My motivations remain mostly the same as before, restated here. Now, let me get back to getting started with answering questions again...