I am not Michael

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/12/30 02:00 -08:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2007/12/30/6907073.aspx

How many people think Michael should remember to log off of blogs.msdn.com from machines he lets his good friends use, even if they are running PantherLeopard  and have no access to secret Microsoft information? :-)

Assuming he keeps his word and doesn't check the blog this weekend, it will be days before he notices I even did this.

Shhhhhh! Don't anyone tell on me!

# Xslf on Sunday, December 30, 2007 9:07 AM:

Is this a joke? April 1st isn't until some time...

# John Cowan on Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:38 AM:

Hmm.  Perhaps he's logged on to something else too, and you *do* have access to all those deep dark secrets, including the MS Plan for World Domination even maybe?

(Michael, I can't stop you from deleting this post or not approving this comment, but if you do -- you will make me think less of you.  So there.)

# JamesNT on Sunday, December 30, 2007 2:01 PM:

Assuming that what our "I'm not Michael" friend says is true, the real Michael should consider himself lucky that a good friend is the one who hijacked his blog.  Therefore, since no pity is involved, I can take great pleasure in saying the following:

Mike, what the hell were you thinking?


Let this be a lesson to everyone.  No matter what MS does to increase security, no matter what any software does to protect you, sooner or later the user (read: YOU) must make certain that you follow procedure and protocols.  At least rememeber to log off before you take off.

I wish I could be there when Raymond Chen, Larry Osterman, or Rico Mariani finds out about this.

Oh!  Wait!  You don't think it could be one of.....naaawwww!!


# Dean Harding on Sunday, December 30, 2007 4:42 PM:

James: My guess is that the *machine* wasn't logged on, but that Michael simply had the "remember me" checkbox checked on the blogs.msdn.com website. Also, given the mention of "Panther," I would guess that it's his laptop which this person is borrowing, not a "work PC."

So, it's pretty funny, but no worse than somebody posting stuff to your facebook page while you let them borrow your computer (to the OP: I hope you checked that as well :p~)

# Tanveer Badar on Sunday, December 30, 2007 5:09 PM:

Alright Michael. What would the other Michael say if I asked him are you the real Michael?

# JamesNT on Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:19 PM:


I do agree with you, and this situation is pretty funny.  However, I must say that my point remains.  Remember, it didn't have to be a friend.


# Yuhong Bao on Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:48 PM:

Yep, one of the most common security problems is forgetting to log off.

# John Walker on Monday, December 31, 2007 1:50 AM:


Considering this involves a website where any user can choose to remained logged in, using cookies, how does this have anything to do with Microsoft. Every web browser on the planet offers the same option.

# Tanveer Badar on Monday, December 31, 2007 4:44 AM:

It sounds like a blast from the past to me.


# Tanveer Badar on Monday, December 31, 2007 4:46 AM:

Otherwise, how are our comments getting approved?

[This comment is relevent only in the context of my last comment, otherwise, don't approve it either.]

# Michael S. Kaplan on Monday, December 31, 2007 6:38 PM:

Sigh... ok, I *am* Michael. That was Liz....

I was only logged in to THIS site, so there is no weird NT security issue James.Anyone logged in to this site can get comments posted right away; others are moderated.

Anyway, I have to get back to stuff here, I will come back and explain further on Wednesday.

# JamesNT on Monday, December 31, 2007 8:31 PM:


You're absolutely right.  But cookies can be cleared out or chosen not to be saved.  Or don't let anyone borrow that computer.  For example, my laptop has access to vast swaths of protected healthcare information - much of it through a web browser with saved cookies.  No one touches my laptop.  No one.

Michael Kaplan,

I did not mention anything about a "weird NT security issue."  You will also find, as time moves on, that I am a staunch supporter of Microsoft.  My point was that people need to remember to follow security protocols - regardless of how secure or good a system may be.  My apologies for upsetting you and for perhaps carrying this case too far.


# Michael S. Kaplan on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 10:27 PM:

Of course with Liz mixing up Panther and Leopard, I have to wonder how much of a Macophile she really is? I think she just wants to not be like the PC guy....

# liz (pnl) on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 11:50 PM:

Dearest, I never claimed to a Macophile. I just said they looked better. Not to mention I figured opening a browser would work the same on any machine.

_You_ said it was Panther and I just listened to you. Hardly my fault that you were mistaken, is it?

P.S. I know you put the same comment in both posts. I am not going to do that.

# Michael S. Kaplan on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 12:23 AM:

I suppose it isn't, no. :-)

# Programmerman on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 11:14 AM:

This is hilarious.  Because it's the kind of thing we do here -- except we send out e-mails to Employees from people who don't lock their computer.

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