Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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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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    Prediction: CD sales will increase as music subscription services go mainstream

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    In February, I wrote that pay-for-download music sites (like MSN Music) and music subscription services would contribute to a significant increases in the amount of music stored on computers: it rose by more than 20% year over year, and free streaming...
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    Video: Protecting your personal information online

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    I posted this weekend on protecting your personal identifying information (PII) . I received an email from an associate at work noting the following. On the (Microsoft Security at Home) site, there's a video on the basics for being safe on the Internet...
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    PC World's suggestions for Vista-like features on Windows XP today

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    Last month I posted a query for those considering buying a new PC : : are you waiting to buy a new PC with Vista preinstalled, or will you buy a new Windows XP machine this year that's Vista ready? Well, if you're like me and for family machines waiting...
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    Protect your PII: "Digital age has blurred rules on privacy"

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    The Seattle Times has an interesting feature today from the Washington Post on the various statutes covering rules on how personal identifying information (aka PII) is secured, all with varying degrees of protection and different privacy policies. ...
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    Microsoft LifeCam reports across the net

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    A quick note before we go out flying our new Hydrogen-powered rockets with the boys. I've seen references today from Liveside , blognewschannel and on MSDN on the as-yet-to-be-announced Microsoft LifeCam... Provantage has them listed on their...
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    Friday Link: PC World's E3 Coverage

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    Of interest today: PC World's coverage of the 2006 E3 trade show in LA . It's a tough job, we know. But someone's gotta do it. We trekked to Los Angeles this week for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual showcase for the latest and greatest...
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    Office Document Templates and an O2K7 Preview

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    This week we needed to create a document for our children's teacher. Given the lack of free time -- or the desire to spend what time I have at home with my family and not in front of the computer composing a layout for a school project -- I took the content...
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    Microsoft security updates summary for May 2006

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    From the Microsoft at home web site today (May 9)... As part of Microsoft's routine, monthly security update cycle we released the following new security updates on May 9, 2006: MS06-018 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows ...
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    Of interest: E3 comes to you via Xbox.com

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    Of interest... Not going to E3? Now you can visit the show somewhat vitually courtesy of Xbox.com. Xbox.com brings you coverage from the floor of the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3). Here's a few of the articles available now on the Xbox...
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    Survey says... PC Competitors: Digital Video Recorders and Game Consoles

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    Today CNN reported in an e3 preview that Ipsos (major research firm) found that of the Americans who play computers or console video games, 45 percent of them play games online. So, what is that... 1.8 people out of 10? From Ipsos: "Today...
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    Cybersafety and staying safe online

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    I'm clearing out the email that I missed this week due to a number of big reviews and meetings (apologies), and one was from a reader and associate who noted that my entry on creating strong passwords (and passphrases) was quickly followed by a couple...
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    Top Ten Lists: Customers and Customer Service

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    This is a good cross post from Young Joo with his "top 10 list of how you as a software engineer should view customers." I think the #1 item should be "Customers are not stupid. They are smarter than you are most of times." Here's a couple more...
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    Friday Link: The link between email and checked baggage

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    My friend Pierre blogs that you’re as likely to lose an email as the checked bag on your next flight : "More email is lost than I thought. The loss rate is at least 0.7%, or 7 messages in 1,000 [1]. If you send ten messages a day, this means 25...
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    Tomorrow: Spotlight Webinar on The Road to Vista

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    Tomorrow (May 5th) be sure to check out the webcast " Solution Spotlight Webinar: The Road to Vista " with Tim Armstrong. Friday, May 05, 2006 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) You'll get a look at the Windows Client Product Roadmap and...
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    Is it real or... Find out with Office Genuine Advantage

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    If you think that the copy of Microsoft Office you purchased may be counterfeit, there's a way to tell for sure via a new program that TechWeb reported on today . Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) and Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) programs...
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    Does your computer Automatic Update?

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    Of interest... Russ Cooper wonders in Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine why many computer software and system vendors can't seem to rationalize the efforts around automatic updates . "We definitely have a problem with every vendor wanting...
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    Link: Microsoft Customer Service for help on non-technical issues

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    The past few days have been back to back busy in preparation for a number of important discussions and presentations (no name dropping here), so I've been lax in posting this week. The Microsoft Customer Service Site provides assistance on non-technical...
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    Creating strong passwords (and passphrases) in six easy steps

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    There's a good article that was recently posted on on the Microsoft Security At Home web site that outlines how to create strong passwords . Why should you care? Because last year InformationWeek reported that simple passwords created using short,...
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    Friday Link: How the customer is always right... unless they're not

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    For Friday reading: Seth Godin writes this week about the unwritten rule 3 on Stew Leonard's famous granite rock: "If the customer is wrong, they're not your customer any more." This is going in a review deck I'm working on for next week. ...
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