Satisfy Me

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

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    Gotta problem with your Mac? Email Steve Jobs

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    In his post this week " When bad customer service turns good ," Ted Lee highlights how when he sent his fairly new Macbook Pro in for service, techs promised it would be back by the end of this week. When that wasn't happening due to a missing part, this...
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    How to complain (and get results)

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    Thanks to the associate who sent the link this morning to the article in today's Seattle Times, "Firing of an e-mail? Make sure of your aim," which offers a look at how an email exchange that lacks clarity can raise someone's ire. (This in response to...
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    From the Expert Zone: Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender

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    Got a call this weekend from friends who finally took the plunge and brought home a new Xbox 360 . They already have a Media Center PC and they wanted to know how to configure their new game machine as a Media Center Extender . My response: why read...
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    TwC's site on Product Reliability... and "WSYP"

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    We have a section on Microsoft site that provides an overview on our reliability efforts through our Trustworthy computing effort (aka TwC). We work closely with the group on several efforts (most recently this summer on the Engineering Excellence/Trustworthy...
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    LifeCam support and online KB articles

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    I received a notice that the LifeCam VX-3000 should arrive today. I ordered the VX-3000 as I don't think that I need the 5MP camera feature , but I may find that I'm wrong. I have heard a couple of people running into configuration problems related...
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    Disney: Free Net TV nets "37 million downloads, 1 million visitors a day, 1.5 billion page views"

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    Last week, CNET News reported that Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said that their effort to provide current, popular shows has been a success, saying that “free, ad-supported shows are attracting a younger audience that's...
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    Internet Access in Japan: 100 Mbps FTTH for $36 a month

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    A few months ago I talked about how residents in Hong Kong can find 1 Gigabit residential internet access for about four times what we see in the States , about 200Mbps for around $40. Now in Japan, Martyn Williams reported in Networkworld recently...
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    Help on making movies with Movie Maker 2

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    Alfred Thompson blogged today about this "how to" video on YouTube (nod of thanks to Alex's blog ) that goes through how to make a movie with Windows Movie Maker 2 (aka MM2). It's amazing what you can accomplish with this simple, free app. I use other...
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    Businesses call you with Windows Live Call Beta

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    Talk about being slow to the game... you know you missed the press release when your eight year old calls you and asks "hey, what's this thing that I found on Windows Live?" When you search for a business on Windows Live Local , click on the business...
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    Blake's 'Ultimate List' of Microsoft Software and resources

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    Blake Handler has posted posted on his Spaces blog his "Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft." "Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows Programs available for download -- but finding them all is extremely difficult. Until now, thanks...
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    Friday Humour: Star Trek Inspirational Posters

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    You've heard their renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Gentle on My Mind" on The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner . Now you can be inspired every day by these Star Trek Inspirational Posters. "BASED ON THOSE DELIGHTFUL INSPIRATIONAL...
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    Not just planners: what you can learn at Apple Stores

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    Scoble wrote yesterday that " if I were a product planner, I’d be hanging out at Apple stores ." "If I were planning a new Web product I’d send teams of people to Apple stores all over the world to do market research and just hang out in the stores...
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    LifeCams: Windows Messenger Live cameras

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    A new section in the MS Hardware section of our web site today: all about digital communications with the two new USB2, high-speed LifeCams, the LifeCam VX-3000 and the LifeCam VX-6000 . (Previously blogged here .) The features page on the new cameras...
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    In Wired: Be your own digital DJ

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    With apologies to Beck, Eliot Van Buskirk at Wired has an article "Two MP3s and a Microphone" which outlines the basics and provides a rudimentary step-by-step guide of being a digital DJ... "Instead, I want to address anyone with a bunch of digital...
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    Slate on "The Myth of the Living-Room PC"

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    Thanks for the IM with the article in Slate this week on "The Myth of the Living-Room PC." From the article: "McCracken says most homes are consolidating around a two-hub model. A PC (or Mac) with some multimedia features anchors the home office...
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    Link: Using the Xbox 360 for music, movies, pictures and more

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    Over the weekend I talked about From the Expert Zone: Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender. A quick visit during a meeting this morning, looking at the Xbox site, showed this connection point on how to... See this link as this page provides more...
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    Correction: Media Center up to 14M units

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    With respect to my post today re: Slate on "The Myth of the Living-Room PC" I was sent a note via the blog email feature, reminding me of Matt Goyer's Media Center blog and his post noting that MCE is now at 14 million units. (Matt points to an interview...
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    Of interest: Tips for Buying a Car

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    Sean blogs yesterday about Top 10 Tips for Buying a New Car (and in under 3 hours door to door). Considering that buying a car is one of the most expensive purchases people make next to homes, this is a great primer for those of you about to take advantage...
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    Wireless LAN API via Microsoft Connect

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    Quick note... I have seen at least a dozen requests over the last few days related to the Wireless LAN API for Windows XP. "How do I join in the beta program?" Go to http://connect.microsoft.com and look for available connection “WLAN API for...
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    Test your Internet Connection Speed on MSN

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    MSN Tech & Gadgets (in conjunction with CNET) has a page set to test your internet connection on CNET's Bandwidth Meter. Go to http://tech.msn.com/products/speedtest.aspx You can take the speed test and see just how fast your Internet connection...
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    Past blast: Peter Davidson on Being a Good Customer

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    I was thinking about a recent post on how to complain (and get results) , and took a jaunt over to Peter Davidson's blog, which I like. I remember that, with a nod to a past post from Josh Ledgard , that Peter wrote some time ago on his BeConnected blog...
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    InfoWorld: "Microsoft playing catch-up on Webifying everything"

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    In InfoWorld Daily today there's a TechWatch post from Mike Barton (in TechWatch ) on the Windows Live QnA service, and more on "a hard look into whether Windows Live is the real deal or not." Included is a link to Oliver Rist's artycle on Windows Live...
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    Nettwerk's Terry McBride on ProTools mash ups

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    I got a kick out of this interview -- Canada's Killer of Major Labels in Wired -- with Nettwerk's Terry McBride. His whole approach of letting the equivalent of influencer customers play with Nettwerk's bands original ProTools files and audio recordings...
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    Where are your files archived? Is "Live Drive" coming soon?

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    A few months ago I was lamenting and thinking of an easy-to-use, online storage in the cloud service: "Give me a file share in the cloud where I can regularly back up critical files (photos, email and contacts) off-site... and make the files (or at least...
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    Peter Cullen on balancing Internet privacy with safety

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    Today the Seattle PI Seattle PI Newspaper has an article that includes a few words of wisdon from our own Peter Cullen , our Chief Privacy Strategist. The article provides some insight from a recent lunch in Seattle where people gathered to hear feedback...
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