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Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don't get caught buy a phishing attempt
So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It's likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically...
8 Nov 2010
A few examples of how Microsoft product groups integrate the voice of customers into the development cycle
A couple of years ago, Steve Ballmer talked about in his email to customers how Microsoft can do a better job of serving its customers. One of the ways we did this was through the creation of the Security Development Lifecycle (aka SDL) in 2004, which helps to improve the security, privacy and reliability...
16 Apr 2010
Your questions: What are the support options for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) and Decentralized Software Service (DSS) Toolkit 2008? (Whew!)
Today I continue the effort to cover at least one customer and partner challenge or issue per day … Turns out I wasn't far off in my estimate of current supported products. Thanks to Jared I have the current list of in-support products we have today, most noted on the Microsoft Lifecycle support Information...
4 Mar 2010
When it comes to PC security, don't be a victim... be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.
As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke's Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I've added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don't knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through...
10 Nov 2009
PC World's 100 Best Products of the Year on MSN Tech & Gadgets
Some of the best products are free, as declared by the editors of PC World in their recent article... two of the top five are free: Hulu and Facebook. The others rounding out the top five are certainly commercial successes: the iPhone, Windows XP and the new Lenovo X300... "After a good deal of -- ahem...
2 Jun 2008
Is the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 too much? It depends...
Last year I posted an entry on how to choose the best computer which included an article by Mike Himowitz , columnist at the Baltimore Sun. Himowitz wrote the article " Sticker tells shopper key parts of a laptop " which covers "the specific components of a portable PC." Overall, I like Mike's advice...
23 Feb 2008
Forget Y2K, DST and Time Zones: this weekend, it's the Y2.038K bug
This weekend will mark another interesting milestone in Time and Date, oone that actually doesn't occur for thirty more years, in 2038. Also known as the 'Friday the 13th' bug, the 2038 issue is due to the way 32-bit systems note time in seconds rather than by an actual coded date. The full impact...
15 Jan 2008
PC Magazine's CES photo slideshow available online
Lunch time post: check out PCMag.com's CES 2008 Photo Blog , PC Magazine's "slideshow of the sights and technology on display at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. It would be nigh-on impossible to explain the vastness of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, so we're not even going to...
10 Jan 2008
MSN Tech & Gadgets' CES 2008 Innovation Award Winners
As a kickoff to CES, check out the slide show on MSN Tech & Gadgets as they cover CES Innovations 2008 Awards Honorees ... "The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics (CE) products in the industry's hottest product categories." If you...
4 Jan 2008
A few Microsoft DST and Time Zone Blog Posts
A few posts on DST and time zones on a few MS blogs... The Groove team covers a couple issues you should know about regarding Groove and DST . "These issues might impact you during the October 28th - November 4th window. The issues are detailed in the Technote 932607 " Titus is an SDET in JScript team...
22 Sep 2007
Of interest: Windows Home Server release candidate released
A quick note of interest... the Windows Home Server team released their release candidate publicly this week (see the blogs entry on this milestone here ). The RC is available broadly to anyone who signs up at http://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer The cool add-Ins that are already available...
13 Jun 2007
BusinessWeek's Wildstrom says the Sansa Connect is slick
Stephen H. Wildstrom of BusinessWeek applauds the new SanDisk Sansa Connect in this article , calling it a "slick Wi-Fi music player." This new device integrates Yahoo's subscription music service... "The $250 Sansa Connect is the result of a collaboration among SanDisk, Yahoo!, and Zing Systems...
3 May 2007
CNET interview with Ray Ozzie and his "quiet revolution at Microsoft"
No sooner do I talk about how Ray Ozzie is connecting with customers that I see this on CNET News today, discussing SilverLight at Mix and "about the company's ongoing transition from the age of desktop software to a new era." Ozzie's quiet revolution at Microsoft Chief software architect Ray Ozzie...
1 May 2007
Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool with New Hotfix Patch Available for DST
Microsoft Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool and New Patch Please find attached the documentation for the released Patch for the Microsoft Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool. (The existing tool is available on the Download Center ). Scenarios Addressed by the Patch for the Microsoft Outlook...
1 Mar 2007
What do candy, Microsoft products and Congress have in common?
And the answer? Daylight Saving Time . Let's just say it's been a popular discussion topic around the office this week. For the history of how this came to be -- and to know who you can thank for the extra hour of sleep once a year -- look to none other than our multi-talented founding father, Benjamin...
8 Dec 2006
We made the move... to the Cingular 8525 Windows Mobile 5 phone
After weeks of considering different phones, including the new T-mobile Dash and latest Samsung BlackJack Windws Mobile Smartphones, we decided on the new Cingular 8525 with Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition. ( CNET has a review of the phone here. ) We both like the form factor of the Cingular...
2 Dec 2006
Ribbon, ribbon... Where did my favorite commands go?
As Richard posted today, no school in the Puget Sound area today . I'm thankful today for Outlook Web Access and Live Meeting today as it allows us to dial in for broad meetings that we've had on that schedule for months now. Now back to our regularly scheduled programme... The Office Help and...
28 Nov 2006
Zune: What's the "out of box experience" like?
The opening of the Zune. I went through the "out of box experience" ("OOBE" as it's called) tonight on a new retail Zune. It was like opening an origami box, 'though this one was made in China and used four pieces of adhesive tape as I counted. I was impressed by the packaging as I was the unit...
15 Nov 2006
Article, videos: Linux Linkup for Microsoft, Novell
Businessweek offers their coverageon the Microsoft-Novell announcement. , which the WSJ said "makes it easier for customers to use both the Linux and Windows operating systems. " "In a surprising development, Microsoft ( MSFT ) on Nov. 2 entered into a broad partnership with longtime rival Novell...
3 Nov 2006
Dr. Who & Exchange: CDO fix for time adjustment
Apparently Dr. Who isn't the only one capable of controlling time. As noted in support article 910268 this week, there's a code defect when you use "Collaborative Data Objects (CDO) to create meetings programmatically in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003: meetings are unexpectedly moved one hour ahead...
20 Oct 2006
Article: there's "no immunity" from security vulnerabilities
This weekend I blogged that when it comes to security on your computer -- whether it's a Mac or a PC -- it pays to be prepared no matter what platform you use . I received feedback in comments and via email on the post. Today I received a link in the mail to the article "No Immunity for Macs," by Mitchell...
17 Oct 2006
A look inside the TV lab... MSTV usability, that is
Of interest is this article from Mark Sullivan of Light Reading , featuring a look at the Microsoft TV usability lab in Silicon Valley. It's an interesting read (complete with photos of the facility) that goes into a customer's digital TV experience, studying not only our own TV products but the other...
17 Oct 2006
LifeCams: Windows Messenger Live cameras
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 can be found here. I have the VX-3000 on order...
8 Aug 2006
Managing podcasts: Marc Mercuri's InfoCenter
Microsoft Watch has an article today on Marc Mercuri's information-aggregator, Information Center, or InfoCenter. As noted on Marc's blog, if you haven't heard of InfoCenter, then it's worth checking out http://dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showID=189 . From Microsoft Watch: "Carl Franklin, the...
4 Aug 2006
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