Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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    Xbox 360 a PC World '06 Innovation... but it's an incomplete list

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    PC World announced their 2006 PC World Innovations Awards yesterday. Happy to see the Xbox 360 there on the list, along with the LifeBook P1510D from Fujitsu, Sling Media Slingbox and the Creative Zen Vision (I love these devices, and the customer support...
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    5M+ Xbox 360's mid '06? Plus HD DVD support, CES news

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    >5M Xbox 360 by June? I noted on the newswire tonite that at CES today, Peter Moore (corp VP for interactive entertainment) said that the Xbox 360 is on track to sell between 4.5 and 5.5 million consoles by the end of the MS fiscal year (June 30)....
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    The Digital Decade gives way to what? See the CES Keynote on Weds

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    This year (once again) Bill Gates will be giving the keynote on Weds at 6.30pm Pacific (more details available on the website ) at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) . I have seen this show grow considerably over the last 10+ years, as I recall...
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    Of interest: NORAD Santa Tracker

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    This year, I'll spend tomorrow nite with my kids on line tracking Satna Claus on the NORAD Santa Tracker . This site gets better every year, and this year we found a bunch of great things for kids to do on line... perfect after-dinner fare. I also expect...
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    Be ready for the right Xbox connections

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    OK, one more Xbox 360 post. It occurred to me today as a friend who purchased an Xbox 360 core system that unless you have an HD-compatible TV, make sure you have the right cable. If you need composite connections, many retail stores have the Xbox 360...
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    This isn't all about Xbox 360...

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    ...but due to the overwhelming requests I get from friends and family on "where and when can I get an Xbox 360 for Christmas?" I send out emails and blog about what I've found publicly. I heard late this week that units would be arriving in time for sales...
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    Xbox 360 back in stock on line

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    Good news: it's back in stock at Toys R Us / Amazon. (This is not an endorsement, just letting you know...) Caveat: Just saw the big bundles posted for Teen and Mature, at $999. Update 2:30pm: Just heard from a friend that these went pretty fast...
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    Creative's new mini Zen with video in December

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    Please tell me that the new Creative Zen Vision:M syncs just as easily (or better!) with the Media Center PC as their Zen Personal Media Center. This little addition from Creative, due out this month, is on my short list: a 30GB video player, photo viewer...
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    Xbox 360: I thought that guy in the check-out line looked familiar

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    Just to illustrate a point, even execs at MS are waiting for stores to be restocked with Xbox 360 units in time for the holidays... PCMag and Reuters reported today that SteveB is in the boat with many other employees are this holiday as they look...
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    One less thing to wait for: a live operator

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    Recently I had to reach out to one of my computer suppliers at home, in this case Dell (one of several I use at home and at work, so I'm not singling them out). Although I had some difficulty in getting through to an operator on the phone, I was able...
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    Sharing is good: creating OneNote pages with others

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    In a meeting recently, I found that you can share OneNote notebook pages with others to create a collaborate OneNote page. When you share, several people can be on the same page at the same time. I also use IM during a session, which allows me to prompt...
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    Home means Phishing for the Holidays

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    I noted previously the Security & Privacy concerns around Phishing and I turned a friend in the Valley today on to our Security at home site . It has info on avoiding online scams with the Microsoft Phishing Filter , anti-virus, anti-spyware, security...
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    Xbox 360 on call... service centre info

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    As a friend just found with some issues Xbox 360 Live account activation, a reminder that Xbox Customer Support can be reached on-line at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/migrationcentral.htm . And if you run into a hardware problem, call 1-800-4myXbox...
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    4RL? LOL, it's Encarta via MSN Messenger

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    ELIZA has met her match. I received an email today with details on how to use MSN Messenger to query Encarta. This is a very cool feature. I've even heard that it will solve simple mathematical questions. You add encarta@conversagent.com to your MSN IM...
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    Of interest... suggested holiday reading list

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    A recent thread made its way around the office this week with a great suggested holiday reading list. I've included a few of the selections here along with my own suggestions: “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Jim Collins...
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    Connect is Live on Microsoft.Com

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    Now on line is the new Microsoft Connect , the new product development collaboration site at Microsoft for our products. The goal is to enable a better connection with customers during the product development process and make the connection (no...
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    Return On Investment: 80/20 and 1/50

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    I just returned speaking with friends at a local event tonite, many of them Microsoft customers. At one point, the discussion turned to the efforts Microsoft is making to improve the customer connection, through our establishined listening systems, cutsomer...
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    "But I work for MS" doesn't get me anywhere

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    (I say that tongue in cheek.) F or all those who are awaiting the release of the new Xbox 360, take heart in knowing that you're not alone and that there are many people in Redmond waiting along side you... or more likely, behind you in the queue. From...
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    What does HDTV have to do with Satisfaction?

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    Plenty, especially when you see a broadcast in pure HD, or have watched some of the great programming in HD already available over the air (I've not been impressed by the compressed cable TV versions, 'though it's often superior to SD). A key reason why...
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    Free Trial: Digital Image Starter Edition 2006

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    You can install a trial copy of Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 free for 60-days . The Starter Edition contains virtually all the features available in the full version of Digital Image Suite 2006 .
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    Knowledge Base Nugget: Contacting Support by Phone

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    Here's a nugget from the Microsoft Support Site ... How and when to contact Microsoft Customer Service For information about replacement manuals, disks, drivers and service packs, product orders, policies related to copying software on additional...
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    More Xbox 360s for the holidays = more satisfied customers

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    ... like me, for instance, as I have an Xbox 360 on order. News: Microsoft Expects High Xbox 360 Sales... Microsoft Corp. expects to sell as many as 3 million Xbox 360 consoles in the first three months after launching the newest version of its...
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    Rainy day fun: home audio zones with Windows Media

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    I posted an entry on My MSN Spaces blog posted a quick thread in response to a request for advice on setting up audio. Net net (and no surprise given my past experience and affection for Roku Labs products ), I like the Roku software and hardware combination...
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    It's Alive: Windows Live and Office Live

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    If only this had hit yesterday (Halloween) then you could have made some great classic film noir references, back to the days of the scientist yelling "it's alive!" Only this time it's Windows Live... and Office Live. If you missed it, this morning...
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    New Anti-Scam Consumer Site Launches

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    Courtesy of MSNBC, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and several private firms have launched a Web site designed to help consumers spot Internet fraud. The " Looks Too Good To Be True " site launched yesterday, providing greater consumer awareness...
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