Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: Interested in Windows Vista Digital Cable? Check this out!!!

    Ok, so you invested in Windows XP Media Center 2005. You've been using a lovely analog tuner for a while and finally purchased a HD tuner and have endured over-the-air programming (OTA) for the past couple of years. Sure, OTA high definition TV is better than nothing, and it sure beats a 120GB HD DVR...
  • Blog Post: Storage Management with SMfS, iSCSI Targets, iSCSI Initiators and iSNS Server

    Microsoft has made some recent bets on storage management. That is good news for me for a variety of reasons. First, it offers a glimpse of my HDTV future. What? Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll get to the explanation in a little bit. Second, it means our customers will have a broader range of...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI Update

    As you'll recall, back in March I did a fairly detailed post about storage management . In that post I demoed via a screencast the String Bean Software WinTarget software we acquired. Lots of questions are starting to surface about this technology. This is probably due to the fact that we are in the...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • Blog Post: I am in the dark

    After two years, my fiber connection is dark. Verizon is switching my account from business to residential so this is one of the steps toward that end. My cable provider has also been canceled and they picked up my television set top boxes. So I am without a cable tv feed or high speed internet access...
  • Blog Post: Is your HD DVR important?

    I've been reading and participating in some interesting internal Microsoft debates. I'm doing my own research and thinking on the subject of HDTV recording. There are many questions and few answers. One question that popped into my head is, "Does anyone care about their HDTV recording device?" Obviously...
  • 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: PCIe ExpressCard 34/54 - your next laptop killer feature

    Introduction When you start looking at the feature set for your next laptop purchase, look very closely. At first glance, many of the new laptops appear to have two pcmcia card slots. Look more closely because most likely one of those slots is a PCI Express ExpressCard 34/54 slot. My team is getting...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, no it's Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 !!!

    In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft launched a whole bunch of really kewl mice and keyboards today. I am really looking forward to the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 and the full size Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 . I already have them on order via our internal ordering process. After we...
  • Blog Post: Verizon Begins Taking Orders For FIOS TV

    Verizon began taking orders for their new video service in Keller, Texas this week. The new video service uses their fiber optic network. While this may seem unimpressive to some, please keep in mind this is a large company entering into a new market. Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC) is next so...
  • Blog Post: The holiday is over - back to work

    I don't know about you, but vacations never seem long enough and going back to work is hard. You know, it's like kick starting a motorcycle that's been sitting in the garage too long. Lots of kicks before it finally comes to life. In my case, the past couple of weeks have been filled with a number of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista sleep states demystified

    Machine sleeping is a bit of a mystery to many of us. It's one of those magical things that when it works right, really makes using a laptop computer, or Media Center recording machine a thing of beauty. I've been meaning to write an article on Magic Packets, but I see Robert Hensing just posted an article...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Vista Product Guide was here...

    Every so often, something really kewl comes along that you just have to have. The Windows Vista Product Guide is one of those objects of affection. It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features, the differences between the product versions, screen shots,...
  • Blog Post: Watching the TechED 2006 action poolside

    Get your frozen margarita, dual core laptop and favorite rubber ducky and head to the pool. Might as well since this year you’ll be able to watch and listen to the festivities on the http://VirtualTechEd.com website. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the show, seminars and “social”...
  • Blog Post: I have seen the light and it is fiber optic

    I'm back in the speed zone. Thank heavens for Verizon Wireless EVDO Broadband as an interim solution. I have successfully transitioned from a static business fiber account to a residential dynamic account. This was no small undertaking and it included shutting down my Small Business Server (SBS). So...
  • 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: Got a phat internet connection? Download Windows Vista Beta 2 now!!!

    So I missed the date by a few hours, but you can help us bring the internet to it’s knees by downloading Windows Vista Beta 2 today!!! Ok, depending on your connection, maybe not today but hopefully shortly there after. After the download is complete burn the .iso image to DVD and you’ll...
  • Blog Post: OEM's start to quietly ship Windows Vista CableCard HDTV capable PC's

    Finally !!! After six months since the official Windows Vista launch date, we're starting to see the PC based HDTV DVR field start to have some competition. Timing could not be better because Intel recently slashed the Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor pricing and before long, it will become a standard offering...
  • Blog Post: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas...usually

    Last week, I flew out to Las Vegas Nevada for the Windows Connections Conference . It was held in the massive Mandalay Bay Resort Conference Center. Have you ever tried to walk around in a 1,000,000 square foot facility? Bring your roller blades. The conference looked to be a great success. Lots of...
  • Blog Post: http://edge.technet.com launches !!!

    As you can see at http://edge.technet.com , we are launching a new online portal for IT Pros. Expect to see lots of content in the form of podcasts, screencasts and videos. I have some interesting stuff coming. My EDGE id is KingCobra. Head on over and register if you want a cool name, before all of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Beta 2 download registration

    Well I got all excited… I was poking around on the MSDN developer site and noticed they have this enticing link to become a member of the Windows Vista Beta program called the Windows Vista Beta Experience . The link takes you to a site where you can pick your country. Of course I looked for the...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Be careful where you stick your fingers

    I recently ordered and received a new Dell Latitude D820 laptop that has a built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 chip and UPEK biometric finger print reader. Of course I enrolled a couple of my fingerprints to see if the hardware and software works. I was using the factory supplied image at the...