Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: My phone is obsolete

    For the past six weeks, my phone has been displaying the roaming indicator. It started to get a bit disconcerting because I would even see it here at my house. It annoyed me a bit because like most of you, I had my ActiveSync settings tweaked so that it would only sync manually if roam was indicated...
  • Blog Post: Soccer is boring

    But lets face it, the Ferarri F430 isn’t. Therefore, I am going to side with Italy for the big game. Sorry France but I have to pick someone and they make the Ferrari. Oh, and I am totally kidding about football boredom. How would you like to be one of those security guys with the red shirts...
  • 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: Lenovo ThinkPad W500 - mini review

    I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W500 (model 4061-2KU).  This machine is really similar to my ThinkPad T61p in many ways, but there are some improvements that have been made in some key areas.  Click the image at right for a high resolution image of the ThinkPad...
  • Blog Post: Harold Wong's Most Excellent Exchange Adventure

    Just before Christmas, Harold Wong went on a “most excellent” adventure, dude. Harold delivered a fourteen part webcast series on Exchange Server 2003 . I had the pleasure of helping field many of the questions. As you know, we record the webcasts for on demand playback. However, in the past...
  • Blog Post: I caved... I'm now a Motorola Q fanboy

    I wasn’t kidding when I said my Cingular Audiovox SMT 5600 was obsolete . Verizon made it easy for me. They dropped my employee discounted price to the “get off the fence” price point. I picked up my Motorola Q at the local CircuitCity store a couple of days ago. They have a rather...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad X301 - mini review

    I've been using the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 for almost three weeks now so before too long I'll have to return the eval unit I have.  With that in mind I thought now would be a good time to run down all of the pro and cons for the unit I have. You'll be happy to know there are very few cons.  But...
  • Blog Post: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: The Fall Cell Phone Parade Begins

    It’s an interesting time of year.  New cell phones are launching.  T-Mobile launced the HTC Touch Pro 2 a week or two ago and now Sprint has announced their model will be available for order on September 8th.  Here are a couple of snips from the press release: The latest in a series of...
  • Blog Post: How would you like a complimentary copy of Office Professional 2007?

    Unless you're still partying like it was 1999, you realize it's now the year 2007. A little bit has happened since 1999 and we've been busy producing great products. We're going to give away one of those products at the TechNet events... you might have heard of it... Microsoft® Office Professional 2007...
  • 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: 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: 6.8 Ghz, 1 TB RAM, 2 TB Disk Laptop

    I have got to get me one of these …
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 RC – now available for download

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications. Flexible and reliable - Exchange Server 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment...
  • Blog Post: Here are some great UC demos – Roundtable and Laptop UC

    John Weston is the subject matter expert on our team for the Microsoft unified communications products.  He recently setup his camera at a meeting and captured some demos while talking to the audience.  If you haven't seen these products in action, be sure to watch both of the following videos...
  • 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: Run wild, run free

    Now this might get me to reconsider gas prices and buy an " American " car. Click on the pic for the article and more photos.
  • 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: Preorder the OPhone

    This has been making it around the internet. I was going to post it but see Kevin Remde already has everything wired up at http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/archive/2007/05/09/too-cool-not-to-share.aspx . So check it out. I want a nice red one.
  • 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: 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: New bazooka?

    I thought it looked like a new bazooka or ray gun, but as it turns out, it’s a video camera for a first person view.  Might have some interesting applications.  See http://www.looxcie.com/ for more information.
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 promotion - get a killer phone for $0.01

    See http://phones.microsoftstore.com/mobile/?referringdomain=microsoft . Looks like the offer is good until 7/1/2011.  Hit the link for full details on the terms and conditions. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server BranchCache Step-by-Step Guides

    BranchCache is a wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology that is included in some editions of the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems. To optimize WAN bandwidth, BranchCache copies content from your main office content servers and caches the content at branch office...
  • Blog Post: The best Windows Mobile 6.1 phone on the market?

    I have a Palm Treo Pro arriving tomorrow.  It was a pretty tough decision to purchase the device.  The primary reason is because it is an expensive device.  But in the end the funding came through in some unexpected ways so I made the plunge. A little over a year ago, I managed to luck...