Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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    For fun: Blue Angels over Lake Washington today

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    There's something about some high-powered aircraft buzzing a couple of hundred feet over your house, followed by an amazing boom. The Navy's Blue Angels performed (click for pic) this weekend for Seafair and the show was great. We took our boys to see...
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    Please, it's not "Googled" but "run a Google search"

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    Frank Ahrens of The Washington Post writes today (registration required, also picked up in the Seattle Times ) that "Google goes the extra mile and provides a helpful list of appropriate and inappropriate uses of its name." "In July, The Washington...
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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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    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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    Friday link: Slate on the coolest coolers

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    A blast from the past (ok, July 4th), as the heat wave is keeping it hotter than ever in many cities across the States and Canada this week... the heat wave continues but I heard that it should start to cool down by Sunday in some parts. So for a hot...
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    Managing podcasts: Marc Mercuri's InfoCenter

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    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...
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    Link: Geoffrey Moore interview: innovation alone is not enough

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    Of interest: a new interview in Innovations magazine with Geoffrey Moore (author of Crossing the Chasm and his new book Dealing with Darwin ) is available for download here . Moore’s new book takes a look at how innovation alone is not enough... "Innovation...
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    David Pogue on how great customer service breeds loyalty

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    Generally, I like what David Pogue has to say. Today in his daily mail he covers " Business 101: Quality Customer Service Breeds Customer Loyalty ." (registration required) In it, he talks about the experience he had with a popular online electronics...
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    Of interest & Links: FAS' intern site on Preparing for a disaster

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    Last year I blogged about being prepared for a disaster . Tonight a reader sent me a link to on boingboing's entry on the new ReallyReady web site (created by a summer intern at the Federation of American Scientists) which "beats the Department of Homeland...
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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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    Changes in COSD: DeVaan & Valentine

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    As noted in the Seattle Times today this week, Jon DeVaan will be moving to PSD to co-lead the Core Operating System Division (aka COSD) with the irrepressible Brian Valentine . COSD builds the bits that is the foundation for our Windows Client and Server...
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    Back on the Customer Satisfaction blog

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    Back on the blog, after being AWOL the last week or so unexpectedly. Last week I was out of the office and off the broadband loop due to a death in the family. Why is this important for the blog you ask? One of the reasons I do what I do was in part...
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    The Twelve Windows Principles

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    Live from MGX, between meetings... Today the Seattle Times covered the Principles to Guide Future Development of Windows, a dozen principles that govern Windows Vista and all future desktop OS versions. More info: The Twelve Windows Principles Tags...
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    BusinessWeek: Ad-supported software nets $3/year

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    Of interest: Pierre writes this week on his blog that ad supported software . However, spyware/adware part of the future personal computing because it’s a way to make the dream of “ad supported software” come true. BusinessWeek reports that a company...
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    Friday humour: found furnishings

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    OK, this on is not exactly found, but I got a kick out of this post on this post today on boingboing... The simple mould of SOFA BRICK enables manufacture from various materials. For example, cork grains will offer a soft, comfortable brick. ...
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    Business casual next week = shirts & shorts

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    And I thought summer was supposed to be a slow time around Redmond... not. Following the success of the Partner Conference this week in Redmond, folks are getting ready for the annual Microsoft Global Exchange, a.k.a. MGX (previously known as MGB ...
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    11 Cameras: Canadian TV is more than Johnny Canuck Cinema

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    I received an IM today with details on a new Canadian television series... Now, stick with me for a moment before clicking away. As I said, Canadian TV is much more than Bob & Doug McKenzie and Johnny Canuck Cinema . " 11 Cameras " is a half...
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    Friday Humour: CNET on MS "hardware hits and misses"

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    You gotta love it when some April Fool's pranks just won't go away. Like the iLoo (on CNET News' "Seven of Microsoft's hardware hits and misses" ) Tags: Friday Link , humor .
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    Windows XP can be a good option for Win98 customers

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    Earlier I blogged that support for Windows 98 was coming to an end . Last week the Washington Post reported that this would affect "more than 70 million Windows users" who would "no longer be eligible for software security updates." Although some people...
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    OK, is there a "safer" computer?

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    I received an email this week asking about which computer should someone get for their home: a Macintosh or a PC? I was told that their "IT guru is still harping on the safety of a Mac." I recommended a PC for their use at home. Mainly because it...
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    OfficeLive team is Live & Responding

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    I've been impressed as an employee and a beta tester of the Microsoft OfficeLive Beta how the team has been active in responding to user comments and suggestions on teh site. Sure, there are some late responses, but I have been impressed hearing how the...
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    Vic Gundotra takes his leave

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    As noted on CNET News and in Scoble's blog , Vic Gundotra is leaving. That's unfortunate. I have enjoyed my interactions with Vic, as I found that he has a great sense of hunour. And I admire the fact that he plans on spending "a year doing philanthropy...
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    Building your own cabinets, internal and external

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    A person I work with but have never met sent me an email the other day asking me to elaborate on my concept of buidling a personal cabinet. I recalled that last year I discussed different ways to get good feedback, from within your own company (your internal...
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    "So why the link to preparing for a pandemic?"

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    I received an email: "I like reading your blog. So why the link to preparing for a pandemic?" They're referring to the link I have to " Preparing for Pandemic Flu " in the left-hand nav, which connects to the King County Pandemic Flu Preparedness site...
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    On passwords: change them often and make them strong

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    In the past I posted about how to create strong passwords (and passphrases) in six easy steps . Here's more info from PC World on MSN Tech & Gadgets on how to "protect your privacy and your data with strong passwords--plus some ideas for tormenting...
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