Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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November, 2006

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    Movies & TV via Xbox starting Nov. 22

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    The Seattle Times reported the new agreements with several networks (including CBS, TBS and MTV), Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers "to bring an initial lineup of more than 1,000 hours of hit television shows and movies to Xbox 360 consoles" starting...
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    Zune: What's the "out of box experience" like?

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    The opening of the Zune. I went through the "out of box experience" ("OOBE" as it's called) tonight on a new retail Zune. It was like opening an origami box, 'though this one was made in China and used four pieces of adhesive tape as I counted....
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    CNET Video: What do consumers think about the Zune?

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    What do consumers think about the Zune? How does the public perceive Microsoft's Zune? CNET News.com's Erica Ogg talks to consumers at Best Buy in San Francisco about Microsoft's newest digital audio player. (2 minutes) And this coverage on Can...
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    Changes announced today in Windows Vista transfer limits

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    CNET News reports today the changes in Windows Vista transfer limits. This was reported in the news last month ( see this story link on InternetNews ), when it was reported that in "customers will only be able to reinstall Vista on a new machine once...
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    Your questions: How do you compile your reading summaries?

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    WRT the reading summaries in the "articles I've read" posts ( here, too ), I was asked... "how do you compile these? Are you using a special tool? I'm looking for something that lets me just push a button every time I read an interesting article...
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    News: Microsoft wraps up Office 2007

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    The Inside Office Online blog and CNET News report that Office is done today. "Both Windows Vista and Office are slated for release to big businesses on Nov. 30. Microsoft has issued near-final test releases of Vista, but has not yet completed the...
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    What I've read (110606)... and why bother to post the list

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    Someone asked why I bother to post my reading lists on to my blog. In the course of my regular work, I talk to a lot of people inside the company (and outside, too). I often recall articles that have some relevance to the topic during the discussion...
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    Article, videos: Linux Linkup for Microsoft, Novell

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    Businessweek offers their coverageon the Microsoft-Novell announcement. , which the WSJ said "makes it easier for customers to use both the Linux and Windows operating systems. " "In a surprising development, Microsoft ( MSFT ) on Nov. 2 entered...
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    What I've read and caught up on (110306)

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    Fall is here in the PacNW. The nice thing is that the busses are running on time, and Windows Vista looks very solid. Here are a few articles from the reading file and ones I re-read during the commute this past week. These are all available for download...
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    More on the Xbox Live Video service: Joystiq, engadget

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    More on the new Movies & TV service via Xbox Live, as announced yesterday. Joystiq has a brief discussion with Scott Henson , director of platform strategy for the Xbox 360, for more info on the service, due to launch on November 22nd. And more...
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    Microsoft's Windows Vista OS released to manufacturing

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    It's official: Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing : "As Microsoft Windows Vista is released to manufacturing (RTM) today — a significant milestone for Microsoft and its partners — anticipation is building around that all-important...
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    Of interest: Jack Palance and the "one thing"

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    Jack Palance passed away, and that is a real passing on many levels. Briefly, I'll mention one anedote that I recall more often to people, one item that I think mention most often. Yes, it's the "one thing" from City Slickers . OK, sounds trivial...
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    Google's Schmidt: "casual" sharing and use of Office files. Huh?

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    There's an interesting but brief interview in PC Magazine with Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO. John Batelle interviewed Schmidt, and asked him among other things about Google's "office suite" which includes Google Docs and Spreadsheets. "Schmidt took...
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    Article: Recovering files by reinstalling Windows, Mac virus protection

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    Thsi week in Patrick Marshall's Q&A column on technology, there are two items that struck home for me: Reinstalling Windows to recover lost files: The first was Mr. Marchall's advice on "reinstalling Windows may help retrieve photos." A reader...
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    Of interest: Being Thankful

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    Update 12/31/2010: If you're visiting here for the first time and interested in helping the less fortunate, please see this information on The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy . "Since 1979, the Fund For The Needy has helped support some of the most...
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    Seattle Times: Via phone, MS is "worse" than 2005, but better than many

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    The Seattle times has an article this Sunday on navigating corporate automated-phone-system mazes: "A year ago, The Seattle Times compiled a list of shortcuts for thwarting the phone systems at 60 local and national companies and government agencies...
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    Lifehacker's Thanksgiving download: a dozen PC fix-it tools

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    Of interest is this item on Lifehacker.com, just in time for the holidays, "Geek to Live: A meaty Thanksgiving download." In a 17MB download, it promises that they will "save you the trouble of chasing down half a dozen PC fix-it tools in the midst of...
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    What I've read this week (111606)

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    The list of articles I've read thsi week so far... Microsoft Goes MuniFi with MetroFi Google… the OS for Advertising (GigaOM) "If you read through all the announcements and analyses about their recent deals and initiatives,...
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    Seth Godin on lambchops, and I don't mean food

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    This week Seth Godin writes about lambchops , specifically "The lambchop theory of success." First, his definition: Lambchop: "A kind, thoughtful person. Someone who keeps her promises. Someone who does great work but doesn't always brag about...
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    What I've read (111906)

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    Here's a brief list of the articles on my PDA this past week for the commute and weekend reading. It's a slow week as many people are taking holidays: a good opportunity to get a few things done and spend quality time with the kids on holiday... you know...
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    Of interest: 10 Events That Impacted The IT Landscape

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    Informationweek has an article this week that gives "a quick scan of recent events, which have roiled the privacy waters at AOL, at the FBI, and in Europe. Here's a quick collection of some recent reportage on data breaches, customer-data concerns, and...
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    TechNet: 10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista

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    Another top ten list, this time from Technet on 10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista . Windows Vista Images Are Bigger : With Windows Vista, image size begins at about 2GB—compressed and often around 5GB or more when deployed...
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    What I've read so far this week (111406)

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    Here the list of what I had the chance to go through so far. Yes, it's a lot, but it's amazing what you can do when you a) have a case of insomnia, b) are up hours before the kids, and c) teeing up content to help make the commute go a little faster:...
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    Article: Microsoft, Dell Team on Special Vista PC

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    Of interest from BetaNews ... very cool and not far off of the config I thought about for a wicked new Windows Vista PC... Microsoft recently partnered with Dell to create a special edition PC to commemorate the launch of Windows Vista. Only a few...
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    What I've Read (112106)

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    A little post for a light Thanksgiving. ;) Keep in mind that the descriptions come often are taken directly from the articles. Here's some light reading on How Microsoft Runs: eWEEK Special Reports . eWEEK.com's Special Report dissects the inner workings...
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