Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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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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    Quotes, Rings and Culture: On Being Unreasonable

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    I was asked by someone who reads my internal blog to post my note on an article I read just after it was announced that Kevin Turner was joining Microsoft. Part of the article referenced his interest in inspirational quotes which he uses to motivate his...
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    Start.Com is elegant and nimble

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    From Scoble’s Blog… Is Jason Fried's brother and sister working at Microsoft? (Hadi Partovi, what are you thinking?) “Today I found out the truth. You let this thing ship with only two people working on it. With no testers. No document people. No...
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    Dogfood and the Crabby Office Lady

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    Over the last year I've met with people all across the product groups looking at the Microsoft customer experience. I see the incredible challenges and efforts we face each day as a company, using our own products as employees and as customers. I’ve been...
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    Windows Media Connect 2.0: stronger, better, faster...

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    I noticed that Sean Alexander said that Windows Media Connect 2.0 has been released - very nice for those with MCE PCs or those thinking about purchasing one, especially when it will work with some of the slickest devices out there including Media Center...
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    Phishing: don't get caught by screen scrapers

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    Last week in an EWeek article on phishing , it was noted that screen scraping attacks are becoming more common in scammer's schemes to subvert sophisticated security systems. (Say that five times fast.) MSN has a page with more info on battling phishing...
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    Clipster now live on Channel 9

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    I spoke with Jeff Sandquist ( http://www.jeffsandquist.com/ ) last week on Channel 9 and some of the new features. Yesterday I saw that Channel 9 launched Clipster , which introduces personal video recorder for video blogs on Channel 9, allowing users...
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    Waveland Express departing...

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    Although I use this space as a look at customer and partner satisfaction, a quick "good luck" to Sara and her husband on their way to Waveland. I heard from several people at the office that her bake sale was a success. Here's more info about her quest...
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    Sinofsky's TechTalk, and How Agile is MS?

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    If you haven't found it yet, you should click over to Steven Sinofsky's Techtalk - he's a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group. (more info available here) . Today in his posting on "Bureaucracy. Threat or menace?" he talks about a class...
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    LiveMeeting: for when you're not quite there

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    Today my youngest son stayed home from school with the same thing his father has... coming off a really bad cold. I had a string of meetings and discussions, some of which I participated through Office Live Meeting . I used the regular dial-in conference...
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    Tschuess, John Canning from Media Center

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    A quick note on my friend John Canning ( Media Center Evangelist extraordinaire ), who left Redmond recently for the wilds of Southern California. (The first link is to part one of his Channel 9 interview on Media Center... here's part two .) I had the...
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    When it comes to Xbox 360, I'm a customer

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    I've seen a couple entries which are noting Xbox 360 bundles are available for pre-order . In my hunting, I found that RitzCamera is taking orders for the Xbox 360 Platinum System , which is one of two bundle configurations - this is the one I ordered...
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    I reached the Summit (Global, that is)

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    This week in Redmond on campus is the 2005 MVP Global Summit . (For those who don't know, annual Global Summit for our MVPs is a chance for all levels of people across the Microsoft product and field groups to meet & greet, host and knoodle with the...
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    The SDL Process: it's a good thing

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    I received a link (thanks, Jonathan) to this post titled "Subvert from Within: a user-focused employee guide" on the Creating Passionate Users blog. I'm not sure that I characterize these customer-focused focus points as subversive . (BTW, a good "top...
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    News: Microsoft, Intel Back HD-DVD Format

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    As originally approved last year (Feb 2004) when the DVD Forum endorsed it, tonite Bloomberg carries a press release in Japan that Microsoft and Intel will back the HD-DVD format. (Full press release is also available here on MSN Money Central ). See...
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    Microsoft & Palm: Windows Mobile 5.0 to come on the Treo 700

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    Here's today's news of the Microsoft/Palm collaboration on the Treo 700 with Windows Mobile 5.0, as hinted at in Businessweek last week. See also the announcement on Microsoft.com . (Update 101006: this is an old link: please see this link for more on...
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    Auxiliary Display: more than just demo fodder

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    Whenever the Auxiliary Display on an Asus laptop makes an entrance, there's a buzz. I especially love it when people look at this feature as part of a series of fleeting features in a Windows Vista in a dimly lit room, and among is a gaggle of other cool...
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    It was colder than...

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    Today in the Seattle Times' Here & Now Traffic Watch : Several thousand people are expected at Safeco Field today for a private, daylong business gathering. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic, including more than 200 charter buses , is likely to...
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