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Suggestions for weekend reading, Bill Gates explains why vaccines matter, and more of what I've read this week
This week John C. Maxwell offered this famous QOTD : Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison To end the work week, Dominic Carr offers his own suggestions for weekend reading on the Microsoft Blog It’s Friday afternoon...
5 Feb 2010
Tips & Tricks: How to deauthorize Apple iTunes on all computers associated with your account
Yes, I use lots of different software, including applications from companies of all sizes, from WinZip to Scansoft, to popular applications from Adobe, Intuit, Microsoft (of course) and many more. And yes, I also use software from Apple. We own lots of different devices and systems in our home, and we...
2 Feb 2010
A couple of choice items benefitting the Microsoft Giving Campaign this year
As I noted in my post yesterday , this year's Microsoft Giving Campaign activities kicked off this month. In addition to the items I mentioned in my previous post, I also posted a couple of special items. (If you don't know about our campaign, see this link for more info: http://bit.ly/1ajgA0 .) Although...
15 Oct 2009
Video of the new Zune HD in action, courtesy of Gizmodo
On the news today is this blog post from the Seattle PI about how the folks at Gizmodo got a demo of the new Zune HD, "Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod Touch, set to be released this fall". Zune HD Video Hands On from Gizmodo on Vimeo . Very cool. I do think that there is a market for the...
29 May 2009
Advisory: 30GB Zune issues noted today, related to time and the leap year
First it was questions about whether or not we'd have to worry about the coming Leap Second , then today after our power came back on, customer questions about the Zune 30. As we have a couple of Zune 30s in our home going strong, I was surprised to see a post on the Zune Insider blog WRT the 30 GB Zune...
31 Dec 2008
My life as a customer: sending off our Microsoft Zune for warranty repairs today
As noted My life as a customer: this time, I'm repairing a Microsoft Zune . To be specific, an 8GB model that my son relies upon for his daily dose of everything from Disney pop to grunge to classic rock (he's all atwitter about the rock opera Tommy ). Well, UPS dropped off the return shipping...
11 Dec 2008
My life as a customer: this time, I'm repairing a Microsoft Zune
When we discuss customer and partner satisfaction at the office, I often tell people to remember one thing: never forget what it is like to be a customer. Well, this week (as I posted previously when I'm returned an Xbox 360 for repair, on a Friday the 13th no less) I am just another Zune customer calling...
4 Dec 2008
It's more than iPods and iTunes: BusinessWeek on Dell's effort to spur on the digital entertainment market
An old friend of mine, the irrepressible Tim Bucher , is in the news this week, as he's preparing to go toe to toe, so to speak, with Apple's supported ecosystem... "Now Bucher is again squaring off against his former company. He's spearheading an ambitious plan at Dell ( DELL ) to break Apple's dominant...
15 Aug 2008
Zune in School in Missouri, New Mexico
Engadget reports that local public school students were provided some free Zunes in Liberty, Missouri ... "handing out a hundred and change media players -- Zunes, to be specific -- to local high school and middle school students for listening to lesson-supporting podcasts in the hopes of saving them...
30 Jun 2008
MSN Music continues to support authorization, new license keys through end of 2011
As I break for lunch, this MSN Music note (pardon the pun) on Microsoft will continue to support MSN Music DRM : this from letters to MSN Music customers... On April 22, Microsoft notified you that as of August 31st, 2008, we would be changing the level of support for music purchased from MSN Music,...
19 Jun 2008
VentureBeat Interview with Robbie Bach on Zune
Of interest: VentureBeat interviewed Robbie Bach, President, Entertainment & Devices Division here at MS , the group responsible for Microsoft games, hardware (like mice, keyboards and Surface), Zune, Mac software, Xbox 360 and more. This is the first of several parts, focusing on Zune... and my...
17 Jun 2008
Zunes as seen by a child: "They're a type of iPod... just bigger"
Out of the mouths of babes, or in this case our soon-to-be seven year old son. Over dinner I asked... CJ, what's a Zune? [he uses a 30GB model for music and videos] CJ: "Zune is a type of iPod, but it's bigger." How is the Zune different from the iPod? "The Zune is big, and the iPod is small." Which...
15 Feb 2008
The Bill Gates keynote (with Robbie Bach) and other CES 2008 coverage
Bloggers and the press are out in force at CES in Las Vegas, tonite covering Bill Gates' keynote at CES 2008 . You can find several entries listed here . Check out video coverage at Microsoft's CES site and on Microsoft PressPass . [More on the keynote from MS.com: On Monday, Jan. 7, the transcript...
6 Jan 2008
$2 per month and other reasons why I'm leaving Blockbuster for Netflix
Thinking about a great last-minute gift that doesn't require going to the mall or waiting for the FedEx driver to find your house? Give a subscription to a DVD-by-mail service. Better, give a Netflix subscription. This from a for-the -moment Blockbuster Online subscriber. Here's the full story...
22 Dec 2007
David Pogue delivers his review of the new Zune
A quick update before I head off to deliver a presentation... David Pogue delivers his review of the new Zune in his review Microsoft gets better at carrying a Zune (International Herald Tribune ). He said that "the Zune has come a long way, with built-in FM radio and wireless autosyncing." "Microsoft...
29 Nov 2007
Cool Zune Art: Zune Originals: Interview with Chris Stephenson
Now this is very cool... this on Cool Hunting: Zune Originals: Interview with Chris Stephenson ... " Zune 's next move takes their support of emerging artists and literally puts it on their sleeve. Zune Originals is a collection of 27 original works by 18 international artists designed to be engraved...
12 Nov 2007
Of interest: Local news and blogs provide details on new Zunes
Of interest today as I'm home sick (cough-sneeze)... King 5 news reports (from the AP) on the new, redesigned Zunes... a family still with FM radio and wireless sharing, but with a larger hard disc and (finally) with flash-memory... "Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off its second-generation digital...
2 Oct 2007
Your questions: What's the best way to shutdown a Zune and maintain battery life?
This in the mailbag over the weekend... a question that I didn't know the answer, and one that benefits my soon-to-be nine-year-old son.... "I have a Zune and when I turn it off by using the play/pause button down, the battery life seems to die after a couple of days. What's the best way to shutdown...
6 May 2007
Your questions: on Apple vs. Microsoft, Google's impact... and Zune
Another couple of questions... this time with a look at a few other companies in the market... "What are your thoughts on the Apple vs. Microsoft debate that are persistently flooding the airwaves and invading our precious commercial time? Why has Microsoft not shot back at the discouraging remarks...
28 Apr 2007
Thoughts on the new Apple TV (seeing it live with iTunes) and Xbox 360
Peter Svensson is a technology writer for the Associated Press, and the Seattle Times picked up his article his article comparing the new Apple TV peripheral with the Xbox 360 : "Apple Inc. has graced the public with another smooth, white, exquisitely designed gadget, this time aiming at making...
7 Apr 2007
Support sites: Zune on line, with info and assistance
I received an email today asking where they could find more information on some of their Zune questions. So I sent them a link to the support site for Zune , now up and running. The site has how-to pages... Start Play Personalize Zune to Zune Marketplace Accessories...
9 Dec 2006
"we never think things are insurmountable"
J Allard -- one of the few people with a name shorter than mine -- is featured along with several others Microsoftie execs in BusinessWeek . Doug Hebenthal says in the article: "In every case in which I work with J, there is a mountain to climb, there is a clear leader, and most folks would see that...
28 Nov 2006
Of interest: Zune podcasts on the NBC Nightly News
Last night, at the end of NBC Nightly News broadcast, anchor Brian Williams announced the launch of the new Nightly News Podcast, which he said is available for iPod and Microsoft’s new Zune… this from the Nightly News web page … Nightly News Podcasts ...
15 Nov 2006
CNET Video: What do consumers think about the Zune?
What do consumers think about the Zune? How does the public perceive Microsoft's Zune? CNET News.com's Erica Ogg talks to consumers at Best Buy in San Francisco about Microsoft's newest digital audio player. (2 minutes) And this coverage on Can Zune make Microsoft 'cool'? CNET folks look at how...
15 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
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