Satisfy Me

A blog by M3 Sweatt with thoughts on time, technology, products and services at Microsoft
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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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    TechWeb: Top 10 Windows XP Tips

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    TechWeb's Desktop Pipeline has published their Top 10 Windows XP Tips ... "With Vista at least seven months away, we'll all be using Windows XP for some time to come. So why not make the most of it? Here's our all-time favorite Win XP hacks, tips...
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    Fotune: on Ozzie and "Microsoft's new brain"

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    OK, one more: this week, Fortune arrived at home with an article on " Microsoft's new brain " on how Ray Ozzie is making an impression on the company. The interesting thing is that this comes at a time when we're seeing incredible innovation in products...
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    PC Mag articles: Why You Want Vista Now!" and "A Quiet PC"

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    As Rob points out in his blog , there is a good article this week in the latest PC Magazine on "Why You Want Vista Now!" It's an excellent overview of the new OS and the benefits it will bring. As a resource, I've found that PC Magazine is well worth...
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    Report: Illegal Downloading Down Among US Kids & Teens

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    There's a new survey that notes illegal downloads of content via the Web has dropped by 17% over the last couple of years. that young Internet users who percentage points in the last two years. When they were asked what was the biggest concern, most said...
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    Friday Link: What does satisfaction have to do with the milkman?

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    This past week has been busy -- even with the school holiday -- so what time I'm not spending on work I spend with the kids. We have a number of year-end and next fiscal year things in play, so I have a feeling April will me a light month for postings...
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    ABC will soon offer biggest TV hits online for free

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    Now this is great for people who might miss there favorite shows: ABC will offer free hit shows on the web . Starting next month, ABC will offer some of their top shows -- including Desperate Housewives, Lost, Commander in Chief and the entire season...
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    Support.microsoft.com: One-stop for help and support

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    Over the last few days, I've answered these two questions multiple times: Where do I go to get more info on Windows XP Service Pack 2 ? Where can I find the latest update to Office 2003 ? (BTW, that would be Service Pack 2, aka SP2 .) If you...
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    Weekend Q&A: How do I convert other video files to WMV?

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    This week, I received a question that my home video / prosumer side enjoys: "What software should I use for converting [name of video format here] to Windows Media Video files?" At home, I use TMPGEnc 3.0 XPress and Riverpast's VideoCleaner for...
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    Friday fun: MSNBC on "The Digital Life"

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    MSNBC has a series on "The Digital Life" (note: it does not feature any hotel heiress TV icons), a look at new technology for the home, from your garage to the kitchen and the backyard. This week the installment is on the digital bath , and although...
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    Of interest: Cyber-sleuths Catching Cyber-crooks

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    EWeek has an interesting article on the Secret Service's Operation Rolling Stone , the fed's latest effort to fight cyber-crimes. One of the things that the article highlights is that it's not just high-tech investigative techniques that crack the...
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    Tom's HWG outlines specs for Vista-capable PC tiers

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    Tom's Hardware Guide posted an article today on " How capable is a 'Vista-capable' PC? " In it, the author collected information from various reports and specs from across Microsoft and outlines the hardware requirements for different Windows Vista hardware...
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    Of interest: The "Rules of the Garage" and our core values

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    We often discuss how leading companies strive to improve customer satisfaction and measurement, which included a look at HP. Recently, one of my friends referred to HP's "Rules of the Garage" which were widely promoted by HP back in the late '90s. Here...
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    Windows Vista Capable PC Program: What's in Your Future?

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    Here's the question on my mind today: if you're considering buying a new PC, will you wait to buy a new PC with Vista preinstalled, or would you buy a new Windows XP machine this year that's Vista ready? And if you get a new PC between now and Christmas...
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    Of interest:Toshiba Launches World's First HD DVD Player

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    eWeek reports today that Toshiba released their new HD DVD players in Japan. That makes Toshiba the first CE manufacturer to release a next-generation DVD player. Toshiba said its new HD DVD machines, which will compete with rival Sony Corp.'s Blu...
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    eWeek reports IE Update "extension" for "small set of customers"

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    Today eWeek reported that "Web developers [will get] an extra 60 days to continue making preparations' for the IE update that changes the way the browser handles ActiveX controls. From eWeek: Michael Wallent, general manager of the Microsoft Windows...
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    Weekend humour: port shutdowns

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    Now, nobody likes it when they find their network port has been shut down by IT, so this weekend's cartoon by Jerry Holbert of the Boston Herald is quite funny.
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    Do we need network neutrality, or will consumers decide?

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    There's been a great deal of discussion over the past week following the VON conference about Qwest "net neutrality," where consumers would have unfettered access to broadband internet services that don't block traffic. Sure, you may pay for a tiered...
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    DVR services estimated to rise, perhaps with content subscriptions, too?

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    I saw in the news today that Isuppli (a market research firm) estimates that global subscribers to digital video recording (DVR) services will rise dramtically between now and 2010. They projected the number of global subscribers to DVR services will...
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    News: Dell to buy Alienware

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    From the news this week... Dell Inc. said on Wednesday it agreed to buy gaming-computer maker Alienware Corp., part of a push into the lucrative computer gaming market that could help the No. 1 PC maker boost profit. Terms of the transaction...
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    What's so bad about unprotected wireless?

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    What's so bad about having unprotected wireless? Apparently a majority of people are doing it. In my week-long effort looking at protecting your computer, I wanted to end with something that has gained in popularity along with increasing in risk: wireless...
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