Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Spaceworld - taking the NASA tour via Photosynth

    You are probably getting ready to see all sorts of blogs posts on this because frankly, Photosynth is very very cool. Photosynth uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a three-dimensional view of an environment or "synth". These synths can be explored much like a video game, allowing...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a poor mans Windows Server 2008 backup

    I am considering moving to Windows Server 2008 as my full time production environment.  One of the hurdles to doing this has been lifted.  I am referring to the fact that up until recently, Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition didn’t run on Windows Server 2008.  The latest version...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides are here!!!

    [UPDATE] This post is now out of date . Please see the update at http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2006/08/21/448316.aspx . Well, today we released the Windows Vista February CTP build 5308 to the MSDN download center. Obviously it was a little busy today as a result. We also released a...
  • Blog Post: Making the Next Technology Leap in HDTV

    You wouldn’t think you could actually make a technology leap in high definition television at home.  I mean after all high definition televisions are all displaying the same thing, right?  Wrong.  I did it this past weekend and the results are still blowing me away every evening. A few...
  • Blog Post: Ripping DVD's to the PlayStation Portable (PSP)

    It’s been almost a year since I discussed anything regarding my PSP. Let me first say it’s still one of my favorite gadgets. I use it mostly for watching video while in airports, on planes, etc. I have a few games but I find that the video aspect is what compelled me to buy the thing in the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Resource Kit - in the wild

    The astute know the Windows Vista Resource Kit is shipping and in the wild. When I arrived at my house Friday, my copy was sitting on the front door step. I'm surprised UPS didn't charge extra for the weight. The resource kit book is huge. 1500+ pages huge. The microsoft.com/mspress area strangely...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Deployment Tools - one stop shopping

    Each week for the next couple of months, my team will demonstrate a variety of tools that make operating system and application deployment easier. The demos of course show off how to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007. However, you can also use the new tools to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 if...
  • Blog Post: Plains Milky Way by Randy Halverson

    Be sure to click Plains Milky Way or the picture above for Randy Halverson’s amazing video work.  You won’t be sorry.  When you start playing the video at his site, be sure to go full screen with the HD video.  Very kewl.
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Webcasts - 4/17 through 5/17

    Monday the TechNet Team kicks off some of the really serious stuff around Windows Vista from an IT Pro perspective . I’m going to lead things off with a look at security changes implemented inside the new client operating system. We’ll discuss group policy objects, Windows BitLocker drive...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 Released to the Web !!!

    IIS Media Services 4.0 was released yesterday, just in time for Streaming Media West . Coming just one year after the previous major release, IIS Media Services 4.0 allows you to encode once and deliver adaptive streaming content to three screens across multiple file formats and protocols. Keep reading...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – screencast now available

    Early this morning I downloaded the new WorldWide Telescope application from Microsoft Research. After exploring the galaxies, I decided this would be a cool screencast to demo the application for those of you that might not otherwise download, install and begin exploring. Your children are going to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Enterprise available for TechNet Subscribers

    I have a TechNet Plus subscription so on occasion I go snoop around in the download area to see what new nuggets I uncover. Much to my surprise, I spy a download for Windows Vista Enterprise. The reason I was surprised is because I know this edition must be activated using Volume License keys. So...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research LightSpace Demo

    Fun stuff.  Reminds me of all of the KINECT hacking taking place.
  • Blog Post: Automating “Boot from VHD” OS Installation

    A few weeks ago I did a post on creating a “ Dual Boot From VHD ” environment. In the past couple of days I decided to explore and test a couple of other tools. Both tools are scripts but each took a different approach to automation. The first script I looked at is the WIM2VHD script written by Mike...
  • Blog Post: Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) screencast – Build a Custom Bootdisk

    Chris Henley just released a new screencast on his “ Blue ” blog.  This time our master storyteller has created a screencast on Windows PE.  In the screencast Chris shows you how to get up and running in 17 minutes on a topic that’s a bit tricky the first time you do it.  Chris has more...
  • Blog Post: Firefox Loves Silverlight

    One of the questions I get asked all of the time when I demo something in IE is, "Will this work in Firefox ?" It's a really good question especially when using technologies like OWA, web access to admin tools, etc. Recently we shipped a new set of visualization technologies on Silverlight. Matt Hester...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) now available

    For those of you wanting to learn how to deploy Windows Vista, and use some of the core tools like Imagex, download the WAIK. Be sure to check out the User's Guide that are part of the kit for some good explanations of common scenarios. Get it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID...
  • Blog Post: It's back !!! - The Book of Windows Vista - download now

    As you’ll recall, I posted a preliminary version of the Windows Vista Product Guide (also known as “The Book of Windows Vista”) a few weeks ago. It was in .xps form and initial feedback was very good. However, in order to view and print the must have information, you needed to install...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tools and Guides for IT Professionals

    Since Office 2010 went gold a few weeks ago, I’ve been watching for key resources I thought you should be aware of.  Now that we’ve officially launched, time to get down to business. The very first thing you should do if you haven’t already, is download the bits from the TechNet subscriber download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista CompletePC - backup and restore from DVD media

    Over the past couple of days I’ve been finalizing my demo environment for this quarter. Like many of you, disaster recovery is forefront on my mind when I hit the road, especially with a new laptop and desktop operating system. Windows Vista CompletePC to save the day!!! I’ve been using...
  • Blog Post: Pick the brains of the Vista Backup team

    You should sooo take advantage of this opportunity. The team that brings you Backup, Complete PC and other goodies to Windows Vista is having a chat in a few weeks on 7/10/2007. See http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2007/06/07/mark-your-july-calendars-upcoming-chats-on-backup-recovery-and-offline...
  • Blog Post: Next week is Windows Vista week on Channel9

    Channel9 has a treat for everyone and it starts next week. Charles Torre of Niner fame will have a bunch of fascinating interviews and videos on the core technologies that make up Windows Vista. For instance, get the low down on Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) from Jon Schwartz (UAC Architect...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 screencast - Setup

    If you don't have the resources to install and begin using Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 , you have other training options. Over the course of the next few weeks, I'll be rolling out a bunch of screencasts to give you a great Technical Overview of the product. The number of "casts" in this series will be...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 goes gold - download link is live

    Virtual PC 2007 is a great virtual machine execution environment. John Howard, Virtual Machine PM blogs that we have released it to the web and it's currently propagating across the microsoft.com cluster complex. This is the core tool I use for my job and I think you'll find we have added some great...
  • Blog Post: Have you placed your Origami order?

    Well the buzz this weekend is all about Origami . The website reveals very little. The music there is all mysterious and spooky. Actually it sounds a bit like some of the sound effects in Halo. Dig around and see what you find. A marketing company called D-Kitchen has a very interesting video about...