Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Thumbs up or down for the new Macs?

    My current MacBook Pro is coming up on it’s one year anniversary.  It’s hardly old and in pristine shape.  I baby all the machines I have.  Scratch free is a good thing if you decide to sell.  But should I sell the one I have? Today Steve Jobs took the wraps of the new machines. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rocks Screencast Contest – creative types apply here

    Time to have some fun! Once again Matt Hester and Keith Combs would like to invite you to demonstrate your mad skillz in the form of a screencast. This little contest at first brush sounds like it’s going to be pretty easy, but I have a feeling there is going to be some serious competition this time...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.1 Update

    This update resolves an issue for users of Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion) that causes Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 to close unexpectedly when you sign in. This update also resolves an issue that prevents users from signing in to Office 365. This update is required for all users who use Lync for Mac 2011 with...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Pity OS X doesn’t like 8GB of memory in my MacBook Pro

    I received a flurry of questions via email when I posted information the other day that I had 8GB of memory in my Apple MacBook Pro .  At the time of my post, I had only intended to boot the OS and see that it appeared to work correctly, recognize the updated amount of memory and shutdown cleanly...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: NFS Account Mapping in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This paper covers Network File System (NFS) account mapping and the deployment in Windows Server 2008 R2. NFS is a network file sharing protocol that allows remote access to files over a network. NFS implementations include an NFS server component, which enables the sharing of files for use by other...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac Released !

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 features a redesigned user interface, improved customization options, and the ability to connect to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time. The following table lists the latest improvements to Remote Desktop Connection. Universal binary...
  • Blog Post: Office for Mac SP2 - now available for download

    Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. This update provides the latest fixes to Office for Mac 2011. Additionally, this update contains stability and reliability improvements. See the list of fixes @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2685940 . Go get the download @ http://www...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Apple and at&t !!!

    Regardless of the hiccups today on activation of the Apple iPhone 3G, you have to hand it to Apple and at&t on what appears to be a pretty decent product launch.  I mean after all, how many people played “sick” or “hookie” today in order to stand in line all day and buy an iPhone? Let’s see...
  • Blog Post: Mactopia adds a new IT Pro area

    The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has added a new area to their website to hold IT Pro related information.  I personally think the information belongs at technet.microsoft.com but hey, it’s a start.  See http://www.microsoft.com/mac/itpros/default.mspx or click the pic at right to take you to...
  • Blog Post: What is the best developer laptop on the planet, and why?

    I’ve been discussing various aspects of the developer world with Andrew Kass lately and as you know I am not short on opinion. So I thought I would ask you a couple of questions. I know a lot of you are either developers, used to be developers, or know and have to deal with developers. Grin. What is...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to screencast? Want to win me? Stay Tuned…

  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 - training videos now available

    The Office for Mac 2011 training downloads include Portable Document Format (.pdf) and PowerPoint (.pptx) versions of all Office 2011 tutorials and videos. I pulled down the Outlook zip file and took a look at a couple of the videos.  These are tastefully done and informative. Short and sweet. ...
  • Blog Post: Outlook for Mac Announced

    Well, it looks like my MacBook Pro is going to have some fresh new software to run pretty soon, courtesy of the Mac Business Unit here at Microsoft.  Pre-orders start later this week on August 18th. There are some pretty interesting developments in the announcements this morning.  My personal...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.5 Update - now available for download

    This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information about this update, please visit the Microsoft Web site . Applies to: Office...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show coming soon

    You might have noticed I’ve been a little MIA in the past couple of weeks.  Well, it’s been busy in my world as we are putting the finishing touches on the content demos, slide decks, etc. for the Interop Road Show we start in a few weeks.  It looks like all of the last minute fire drills are...
  • Blog Post: Messenger for Mac 7 released - now available for download

    Messenger for Mac 7 is an integrated communications client that enables you to communicate with contacts within and outside your organization. Messenger for Mac 7 is a Universal application that is built to run on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs and makes it easy to take advantage of the full...
  • Blog Post: Imitation is the best form of flattery

    I was heading over to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 forum area at novell.com when I stumbled across a contest link.  I clicked the link and it took me to the webpage at http://howdoyoulinux.com .  Right off the bat I said to myself WTF (well that’s funny)! This looks nearly identical...
  • Blog Post: A real world Linux experiment?

    There's a pretty interesting blog post at http://contentconsumer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/is-ubuntu-useable-enough-for-my-girlfriend/ .  I have not read through all of the comments yet (510 and counting).  After a brief scan of the main article, it occurs to me that the test would be interesting...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows Vista secure?

    How would you answer the question and prove or disprove the answer?  Pretty tricky, eh?  Jeff Jones , who is a Director in our Trustworthy Computing group recently released " Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report " and it appears to have caused a bit of an uproar with a few...
  • Blog Post: Vote for my SXSW Panel – Screencasting Lessons Learned !!!

    I submitted a panel proposal to this years South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference.  The title is, “ Screencasting Lessons Learned ” and I’ll try to do the subject justice with the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the past four or five years. I am getting ready to record a number of Windows...
  • Blog Post: It was only a matter of time… the Apple platform becomes a target

    Unfortunately it appears all of those Macs that have been procured are going to need to pay more attention to security matters, really soon. The days of not having to worry about a virus, worm or any other security matter are coming to a close. Heck, that door needs to be officially shut now. I think...
  • Blog Post: Apple OS X Snow Leopard – the first 24 hours

    On my way to meet the wife for dinner last night, I stopped by the local Apple retail store in Southlake, Texas to pick up a copy of OS X “ Snow Leopard ”.  The packaging and even the website for the OS proudly claims this version of OS X is “ The world’s most advanced operating system. Finely tuned...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Interop with Linux and OS X

    We’re a little over halfway done with the Interop Road Show I helped create. Last week Matt Hester did a simulcast of the live event from Chicago. Although he did a great job, I wanted to capture the demos with Camtasia v6.0.2 and provide some high quality audio and video of the demos, so here they are...