Satisfy Me

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

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    AppleTV... er, iTV coming soon: new Apple Announcements

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    As I mused in my guess on Apple's next "showtime" , Apple did announce today an upgrade to iTunes, some new iPods (including a new iPod, iPod shuffle and iPod nano ) as well as a device to stream television programming to the TV with Apple's "iTV"......
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    Microsoft’s new hardware devices, for Vista

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    Not all the devices are featured on the corporate web site yet, but click here to see some of the new hardware and peripherals from the hardware group in the Entertainment & Devices division. This is in addition to the new cameras I mentioned previously...
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    Dual booting Vista with XP: moving the rest of our PCs

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    One small step... deep breath. This weekend I'm reimaging a couple of Windows XP-based OEM machines with the latest Windows Vista software, and I'm following the details on setting up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista., as outlined on the Windows...
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    Large Screens: "The Best Computer Upgrade Ever"

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    Leave it to Apple to help us make priorities on our peripheral purchases: as noted on Slate yesterday , Apple has posted a study by Pfeiffer Consulting promoting ultra-large monitors (or monitors >24") as a boon to productivity. Say's Slate: ...
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    More on Windows Visa Upgrade Pricing

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    As I noted previously re: Windows Visa Upgrade Pricing, I received some spirited comments and mails. As I mentioned, I haven't seen an announcement of UK or EU prices for Vista, but will post a link to them when I see them. As for the pricing on...
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    Windows Vista Upgrade Pricing Announced

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    MSNBC reported that Windows Vista pricing is now live on the Microsoft corporate after a busy week in the press on pricing last week. You'll find the retail details on the Windows Vista site. Overall you'll find that the cost for a Windows Vista...
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    My guess on Apple's next "showtime"? Front Row with DVR

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    News.com reports that Apple Computer has invited the press for a "Special Event" next week in San Francisco. News and most reports following Amazon's Amazon.com's Unbox Internet movies and TV show service guess that... "The early bet seems to be...
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    My Vista RC1 experience: first week

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    As I noted previously, I moved our home desktop PCs to Vista. More accurately, to dual boot on two of three PCs - I am still holding off the migration of the kid's PC (lots of legacy games installed there), family laptops and Media Center (due to a known...
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    "Does that new Vista computer come in eggplant?"

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    Today in the Seattle Times, an article on Vista PC design , highlighting that "Microsoft has offered computer manufacturers guidelines on color, shape and other design elements for PCs that will run Windows Vista." (Also of interest is the graphic...
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    Apple's iTV promise is a reality today in Media Center, and others

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    As a follow up to my , the New York Times has on article on Apple's Plans to Inhabit Living Room. " Steven P. Jobs , Apple Computer ’s chief executive, concluded a much-anticipated company event on Tuesday with his usual tease, noting that he had...
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    Crashes happen to the nicest people

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    As noted earlier this summer, my wife's hard drive failed. And tonite I read that Guy Kawasaki's MacBook’s hard disk was "quasi hosed. " When I worked at an Apple developer in the mid 80's, Guy was one of those driving forces that made you believe...
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    New Rhapsody To Go DRM = 40,000 terabytes of new downloads?

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    The PC enthusiast site ArsTechnica reports this week that RealNetworks will use their own digital rights management (DRM) technology, dubbed Rhapsody DNA, on the Rhapsody music and media service . It will be available intially on the Sansa Rhapsody...
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    Friday Humour: Cartoon characters as Korean art

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    Thanks to boingboing for the reference to this exhibition at the Arario Gallery in Korea, Hyungkoo Lee's"Animatus" ... "This Korean art exhibition explores the fictional anatomy of cartoon characters, with elaborate faked-up skeletons for Looney...
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    Friday Link: buzzcustomer.com for customer service stories

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    Many thanks to my friend in support for the link to http://buzzcustomer.com/ which covers the good, the bad and the ugly of customer service: "All customers have experiences. Some of them are good. Some of them are bad. All of them matter. BuzzCustomer...
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    On Zune: satisfying experiences should start with opening the box

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    First off, let me say that I remember when unpacking a Mac was an experience like opening any other consumer electronic (c. 1985). Except that it was a computer... you know, the things that at the time arrived in shipping crates on pallets. Opening up...
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    Old news: luggable Xbox 360 laptop

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    Thanks to Reeve's blog, I found this lovely item which has absolutely nothing to do with customer satisfaction, save the fact that when my son sees this luggable Xbox 360 laptop, he'll be quite satisfied in adding this item to his Christmas list... ...
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    On Channel9: Interview with Kathleen Hogan, VP of Customer Service & Support

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    On Channel9 is an inteview with Kathleen Hogan , corporate VP of Microsoft Customer Service and Support, and is responsible for the strategy and delivery of technical support for Microsoft. Kathleen is also one of our execs sponsoring the cross-company...
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    Doug Burgum to leave MBS, Satya Nadella moves up

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    It was announced today that Doug Burgum is stepping down as head of Microsoft Business Sollutions, and will leave Microsoft next June. (See the story on the Seattle Times Microsoft page today. ) Replacing him in the top spot is Satya Nadella, the corporate...
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    Ray Ozzie on connecting with customers and partners via blog

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    (It's been a busy week with mails, reviews, meetings and running the latest Vista and Offce builds on my machine at the office.) In the latest print edition of Wired (not yet on the web - update 100806: the article, Rebuilding Microsoft , is now available...
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    Take a whack at it: you might be surprised

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    All summer long, my eight-year-old son has been struggling to complete a five-minute math quiz sheet, thinking that he would never be able to complete the 100 subtraction questions in the time allowed. All summer, he's inched up from 60 questions out...
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    Friday Link: the secret to productivity is the free food

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    Interesting article on Slate today, on Idiotic Corporate Penny-Pinching ... "Such coffee cutbacks aren't just petty, they're self-defeating. Companies get a lot of bang for the buck by providing coffee—a legal drug that keeps employees pepped up...
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    Zune pictures now online: CNET News Article

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    Today, CNET has has a suite of photos on the new Microsoft Zune digital media player . This is a link off of their article on "Microsoft unwraps Zune for holiday season." "The Zune in all three of its colors: white, brown and black. With its built...
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    Seth Godin and the impact of compromising

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    As you enjoy your long weekend in the States, something to think about in this post from seth godin today ... "Once you start compromising, when do you stop? "If your goal is to be remarkable, please understand that the easiest way to do that...
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    MS Robotics' Tandy Trower on Robot Magazine

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    I was out with my five-year-old son this afternoon getting his first library card, when what do we see: the fall issue of Robot magazine ... That's none other than our own Tandy Trower , GM from the Microsoft Robotics Group . The Microsoft Robotics...
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    Not quite in time for Zune-oween: a box of Zunes

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    A box o' Zunes... see more at this link from ZuneInsider : Thanks for the note, n4cer1 . Tags: microsoft , Zune , iPod .
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