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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Of interest: Zune podcasts on the NBC Nightly News

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    Last night, at the end of NBC Nightly News broadcast, anchor Brian Williams announced the launch of the new Nightly News Podcast, which he said is available for iPod and Microsoft’s new Zune… this from the Nightly News web page … Nightly...
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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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    Ribbon, ribbon... Where did my favorite commands go?

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    As Richard posted today, no school in the Puget Sound area today . I'm thankful today for Outlook Web Access and Live Meeting today as it allows us to dial in for broad meetings that we've had on that schedule for months now. Now back to our regularly...
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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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    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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    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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    "we never think things are insurmountable"

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    J Allard -- one of the few people with a name shorter than mine -- is featured along with several others Microsoftie execs in BusinessWeek . Doug Hebenthal says in the article: "In every case in which I work with J, there is a mountain to climb, there...
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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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    Of interest: The Mercury News' Podcasts online

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    Of interest: the Mercury News' Podcasts online , from from San Jose Mercury News writers and guests, with a few of the latest posted: Riya founder Munjal Shah discusses the launch of Like.com Interview with JotSpot founder Joe Kraus Interview...
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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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    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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    Who's running Vista? Trek Bikes

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    Want to know some of the companies moving to Vista? Here's a look at one well-known company, Trek Bikes . There's a new case study now available , just posted on the Microsoft Case Studies site. If you don't know Trek, they are a major manufacturer and...
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    Friday Humour: kids & computers

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    This says it all... my kids have been using computers, DVR and the Web long before they were able to read. By the talented Dick Locher . Tags: Friday Link , humour .
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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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    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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    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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    Link: Zune already on sale.. a couple of days early

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    Seems that someone at BestBuy didn't read the memo... http://www.flx-tech.net/2006/11/zune_on_early_sale_at_bestbuy_1.html "By coincidence i got my hands early on an Microsoft Zune, bought as a regular customer at BestBuy... "They dont seem...
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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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