Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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May, 2006

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    Gigabit Internet at 5x the cost of 6Mbps? Yes, in Asia

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    If you're in North America, you may see speeds for high speed data approaching 8Mbps as Comcast recently announced . And with the average cost for HSD coming in around $40-50 per month these days, wouldn't it be great to find faster access? If you...
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    Cybersafety and staying safe online

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    I'm clearing out the email that I missed this week due to a number of big reviews and meetings (apologies), and one was from a reader and associate who noted that my entry on creating strong passwords (and passphrases) was quickly followed by a couple...
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    No news is good news: Windows Defender

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    A quick note: usually when you get an alert in the Toolbar, you worry. This morning, an icon in the toolbar with an exclamation point boldly staring at me was a warning. Imagine my surprise when Windows Defender popped up and noted that there were...
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    Microsoft LifeCam reports across the net

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    A quick note before we go out flying our new Hydrogen-powered rockets with the boys. I've seen references today from Liveside , blognewschannel and on MSDN on the as-yet-to-be-announced Microsoft LifeCam... Provantage has them listed on their...
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    Review: PC Magazine calls the SanDisk Sansa e260 "seriously sexy"

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    As I've written previously , I'm a fan of the new crop of Windows Media music players, in particular the Sandisk Sansa m240 , with a gigabyte of storage, USB 2.0, an FM radio and long battery life from a rechargeable AAA battery. ( Bonus feature: when...
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    Prediction: CD sales will increase as music subscription services go mainstream

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    In February, I wrote that pay-for-download music sites (like MSN Music) and music subscription services would contribute to a significant increases in the amount of music stored on computers: it rose by more than 20% year over year, and free streaming...
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    Microsoft Product Feedback Links

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    I was asked the pther day about the number of different Microsoft sites that are available for providing product feedback, bug reports and suggestions. Laurentiu Cristofor notes in his blog a few of the most popular sites, including: MSDN Product...
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    Bill Gates' email: Beyond Business Intelligence

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    Today there is a new email from Bill Gates posted on the executive email page on Microsoft.com, "Delivering a Comprehensive Approach to Enterprise Information Management." In it, he discusses how technology has transformed the way businesses work over...
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    Protect your PII: "Digital age has blurred rules on privacy"

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    The Seattle Times has an interesting feature today from the Washington Post on the various statutes covering rules on how personal identifying information (aka PII) is secured, all with varying degrees of protection and different privacy policies. ...
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    Top Ten Lists: Customers and Customer Service

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    This is a good cross post from Young Joo with his "top 10 list of how you as a software engineer should view customers." I think the #1 item should be "Customers are not stupid. They are smarter than you are most of times." Here's a couple more...
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    Vista Specs: eWeek reports on what's coming

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    I've posted in the past about ensuring your hardware is ready for Vista . Today, EWeek reports that... "The effort, which comes ahead of the annual WinHec (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) that in 2006 kicks off in Seattle on May 22,...
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    PC World's suggestions for Vista-like features on Windows XP today

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    Last month I posted a query for those considering buying a new PC : : are you waiting to buy a new PC with Vista preinstalled, or will you buy a new Windows XP machine this year that's Vista ready? Well, if you're like me and for family machines waiting...
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    Microsoft security updates summary for May 2006

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    From the Microsoft at home web site today (May 9)... As part of Microsoft's routine, monthly security update cycle we released the following new security updates on May 9, 2006: MS06-018 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows ...
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    Windows Vista Get Ready posts minimum specs for PCs

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    As noted this week , the specs for "Vista Capable" and "Vista Premium Ready" computers are now up on the Windows Vista Get Ready web site, detailing the minimum requirements for machines to run Windows Vista. Vista Capable PC: A new PC that carries...
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    Links: Using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker

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    This evening a friend was asking a few questions on using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker . I use this app as a great, quick editing tool for home videos as well as shorts for work, when I don't need the power of Adobe Premiere Pro... Create home...
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    Friday humour: Clio TV advertising award winners

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    Friday link: this past article IM'ed to me tonite on the Clio Awards winners, recognizing the top ads, such as this one: "...a classic commercial was inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame. Which timeless spot received this honor? The Budweiser " Whassup...
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    Need help with MSN Music? Contact Customer Service

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    If you run into a problem or have a technical issue with MSN Music, you can contact MSN Music tech support for assistance. To see all of the available support options, sign in to your MSN Music account before accessing the support site. For general...
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    Windows Media Player 11 hits, with good reviews

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    CNET reports today that Windows Media Player 11 is now available via a few different pipelines: "Although the official launch of the media player beta isn't expected until Wednesday, consumers could find the software inside iRiver's Clix digital...
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    Friday Link: Update on Typing Monkeys

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    My first post on this blog included a reference to the story of how long it would take a number monkeys to type Shakespeare... "For what it’s worth, I hope that you get something out of these musings. (And I vow to eliminate the terms ‘cross-group...
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    Now available: Windows Media Player 11 beta

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    As noted on Tuesday , the beta for Windows Media Player 11 is now available. My initial reaction: WMP11 is clean and Urge is a robust subscription service (I'm trying it via the 14-day free trial): the $149 per year "to go" subscription is attractive...
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    Office Document Templates and an O2K7 Preview

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    This week we needed to create a document for our children's teacher. Given the lack of free time -- or the desire to spend what time I have at home with my family and not in front of the computer composing a layout for a school project -- I took the content...
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    Friday Link: PC World's E3 Coverage

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    Of interest today: PC World's coverage of the 2006 E3 trade show in LA . It's a tough job, we know. But someone's gotta do it. We trekked to Los Angeles this week for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual showcase for the latest and greatest...
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    A week of conferences and FlexGo announced

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    This week is a busy one... we have our annual conference on customer and partner satisfaction, as well as the much more press-followed WinHEC . Just ahead of both, we announced FlexGo , "an innovative technology that makes it easier for people with modest...
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    Video: Protecting your personal information online

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    I posted this weekend on protecting your personal identifying information (PII) . I received an email from an associate at work noting the following. On the (Microsoft Security at Home) site, there's a video on the basics for being safe on the Internet...
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    Of interest: E3 comes to you via Xbox.com

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    Of interest... Not going to E3? Now you can visit the show somewhat vitually courtesy of Xbox.com. Xbox.com brings you coverage from the floor of the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3). Here's a few of the articles available now on the Xbox...
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