Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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    OneCare: The simplest part of the recovery after a system crash

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    Last week, my wife's Dell laptop hard drive crashed, with a thud. There was no bringing it back from the edge: all the recovery tools I had at my disposal couldn't get the drive to mount, and a scan with a low-level tool from the drive OEM showed multiple...
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    Friday Link: MSN Tech's All-Star Tech Stores

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    Today on MSN Tech, a ranking of the best tech retailers around in their story on All-Star Tech Stores : "Who's got the best prices, selection, sales help, and return policies among online and brick-and-mortar stores? We surveyed more than 5000 readers...
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    Wired (on MSN): How to Foil Identity Thieves

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    There's an article on Wired on MSN with help on stumping would-be identity thieves: "... several tools are available now to individuals that reduce their risk of identity theft, according to Hoofnagle and Tom Fragala, a volunteer with the Identity...
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    New at TechEd: Microsoft Forefront launched

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    Over the weekend at TechEd, info on Microsoft Forefront (which includes Antigen and Microsoft Client Protection) went live. Consumers and small businesses have products like OneCare and other solutions to help defend their home computers. Forefront provides...
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    Friday humour: Douglas Adams' hitchhikers guide

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    I miss this guy. http://www.douglasadams.com/ What a brilliant author and wit. My kids rented the The Hitchhiker's Guide on DVD this weekend and it will be nice to enjoy something that spans generations. I had the rare opportunity to work with Mr...
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    Protecting your data: BitLocker in Windows Vista Ultimate

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    Ove the past week there has been a rash of stolen laptops , stolen hard drives and missing computers in the news. At our customer & partner Summit that BitLocker (with more initial tech details on BitLocker drive encryption here ) will be available...
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    Office Live beta community support

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    This week marks the end of a very busy month or so, which started with a number of big annual project reviews, our worldwide internal event on improving customer & partner satisfaction , and then this week we are in the midst of our Engineering Excellence...
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    WMP 11 I like... but I don't have the Urge (yet)

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    A couple of weeks ago I installed the beta for Windows Media Player 11 which has proven to be a solid release. I agree with much of PC Magazine's review , though I'd rate WMP 11 a 4 1/2 rather than 4 out of 5. I like the interface, but found that authorizing...
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    Office Tips & Tricks, Microsoft Office 2007 First Look Webcast coming up

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    I really like the information provided on Office Online , and the Office Tips & Tricks site is no exception. "...you'll always find the latest and most helpful pointers for the Microsoft Office programs you use every day. Need help with Microsoft...
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    Review: PC Magazine calls the SanDisk Sansa e260 "seriously sexy"

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    As I've written previously , I'm a fan of the new crop of Windows Media music players, in particular the Sandisk Sansa m240 , with a gigabyte of storage, USB 2.0, an FM radio and long battery life from a rechargeable AAA battery. ( Bonus feature: when...
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    Gigabit Internet at 5x the cost of 6Mbps? Yes, in Asia

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    If you're in North America, you may see speeds for high speed data approaching 8Mbps as Comcast recently announced . And with the average cost for HSD coming in around $40-50 per month these days, wouldn't it be great to find faster access? If you...
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    Links: Using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker

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    This evening a friend was asking a few questions on using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker . I use this app as a great, quick editing tool for home videos as well as shorts for work, when I don't need the power of Adobe Premiere Pro... Create home...
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    eWeek: What Retailers Don't Tell Consumers

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    Interesting opinion column from eWeek this weekend on "What Retailers Don't Tell Consumers" "Some of the largest Web retailers use the same product-comparison database. But a comparison of those sites with each other—and with the full database—shows...
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    Microsoft Product Feedback Links

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    I was asked the pther day about the number of different Microsoft sites that are available for providing product feedback, bug reports and suggestions. Laurentiu Cristofor notes in his blog a few of the most popular sites, including: MSDN Product...
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    Friday humour: Clio TV advertising award winners

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    Friday link: this past article IM'ed to me tonite on the Clio Awards winners, recognizing the top ads, such as this one: "...a classic commercial was inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame. Which timeless spot received this honor? The Budweiser " Whassup...
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    No news is good news: Windows Defender

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    A quick note: usually when you get an alert in the Toolbar, you worry. This morning, an icon in the toolbar with an exclamation point boldly staring at me was a warning. Imagine my surprise when Windows Defender popped up and noted that there were...
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    A week of conferences and FlexGo announced

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    This week is a busy one... we have our annual conference on customer and partner satisfaction, as well as the much more press-followed WinHEC . Just ahead of both, we announced FlexGo , "an innovative technology that makes it easier for people with modest...
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    Friday Link: Update on Typing Monkeys

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    My first post on this blog included a reference to the story of how long it would take a number monkeys to type Shakespeare... "For what it’s worth, I hope that you get something out of these musings. (And I vow to eliminate the terms ‘cross-group...
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    Windows Vista Get Ready posts minimum specs for PCs

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    As noted this week , the specs for "Vista Capable" and "Vista Premium Ready" computers are now up on the Windows Vista Get Ready web site, detailing the minimum requirements for machines to run Windows Vista. Vista Capable PC: A new PC that carries...
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    Now available: Windows Media Player 11 beta

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    As noted on Tuesday , the beta for Windows Media Player 11 is now available. My initial reaction: WMP11 is clean and Urge is a robust subscription service (I'm trying it via the 14-day free trial): the $149 per year "to go" subscription is attractive...
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    Vista Specs: eWeek reports on what's coming

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    I've posted in the past about ensuring your hardware is ready for Vista . Today, EWeek reports that... "The effort, which comes ahead of the annual WinHec (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) that in 2006 kicks off in Seattle on May 22,...
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    Bill Gates' email: Beyond Business Intelligence

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    Today there is a new email from Bill Gates posted on the executive email page on Microsoft.com, "Delivering a Comprehensive Approach to Enterprise Information Management." In it, he discusses how technology has transformed the way businesses work over...
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    Need help with MSN Music? Contact Customer Service

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    If you run into a problem or have a technical issue with MSN Music, you can contact MSN Music tech support for assistance. To see all of the available support options, sign in to your MSN Music account before accessing the support site. For general...
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    Windows Media Player 11 hits, with good reviews

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    CNET reports today that Windows Media Player 11 is now available via a few different pipelines: "Although the official launch of the media player beta isn't expected until Wednesday, consumers could find the software inside iRiver's Clix digital...
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    CNN's E3 Wrap up: the good, the bad and the funny

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    CNN has their E3 Show wrap-up online, with "a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the show, and a few other interesting and humorous tidbits worth sharing." Some of the recognized products: Most ingenious game: Electronic Arts'...
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