Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft on the Issues “Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web”

    Here’s an excerpt from a blog post on the Microsoft on the Issues blog I thought would be prudent to bring to your attention. Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law...
  • Blog Post: How many applications are you starting with Windows? Here’s 36

    I was on a thread today regarding some issues a user was having with their laptop.  The msinfo32.exe information was requested and received.  I was looking at the usual stuff then expanded the Startup Programs node of information and saw the list below.  OMG.  Folks, don’t let your...
  • Blog Post: Selling on eBay Can Be Scary

    When you start looking closely at eBay, it looks like the environment is totally locked down and sellers or buyers are protected.  Think again.  I recently started selling some of my gadgets and a particular transaction on a Zune 80 player went down the toilet.  It ended up ok, but it...
  • Blog Post: Note to future parents: Plan your automobile purchases carefully

    I’m sure all of you have teenagers that are practically perfect. Straight A’s and they have never been in any trouble. Even if that were true, we are all faced with one issue that is exceedingly hard to forecast. The automobile inventory and lifespan. My forecasting abilities were doing quite well...
  • Blog Post: Here Comes the Hammer

  • Blog Post: Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X1 now available

    For a mere $799 , you can be the owner of a brand spanking new X1.  Now how many of you are running out the door right now to go get one?  Need more information first?  Here’s the low down… The Xperia™ X1 is a global communication device that offers the latest in unlocked...
  • Blog Post: Team Oracle does an America’s Cup Endo

    When did America’s Cup change to catamarans? Obviously I haven’t been paying attention but when twitter lit up on this video, I had to check this out.  Reminds me of some motocross endos I’ve done. For the uninitiated, endo is short for end-over-end.
  • Blog Post: There’s a meter on your ISP connection

    What if your cable, DSL, or fiber optic internet provider decided to create some data tiers and set some arbitrary caps? Well, be sure and check out the latest news on the subject. How would this affect you? I know in my case, there could be a dramatic change in my lifestyle, but I haven’t assessed...
  • Blog Post: Faith in Mankind Restored – For Now

    Loyal blog readers know I haven’t been exactly kind to Dell over the years. The ridicule has been focused primarily on the lame GPU in my Latitude D820. I’m over that now. The machine is three years old so the rant can be put to rest. It’s also no surprise that on the internet you tend to hear more...
  • Blog Post: MVP Screencast Contest Status and Results

    As you might recall, a little over two months ago Matt Hester and I announced a screencast contest. Matt has the official contest announcement and official rules . We limited the contest to the Microsoft MVP community for a couple of reasons. We wanted to test the contest waters and make sure if we made...
  • Blog Post: Never Forget

    I posted this to my facebook page, but I thought it was appropriate to share here. Rewind to the week before 9/11. I was in New York and New Jersey the week before calling on customers and talking with them about the Microsoft Trusted Solutions Platform (TSP).  What happened after will forever be...
  • Blog Post: Here kitty kitty

    Ok, the family outing videos are getting weird.
  • Blog Post: Hemorrhage

    Where do I start? The past couple of weeks has been a non stop parade of horror and miracles. It's probably best to start at the beginning, hence the title of this post. At approximately 3:45am on 8/14 my wife had a brain hemorrhage. She woke me shortly after and told me something was wrong. I won't...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful and Deadly

    Might want to rethink a trip to Bermuda this weekend.
  • Blog Post: CES 2011 Day 3 - electrifying stuff

    I’m giggling just a bit because I thought today was going to be a boring product announcement day.  Boy was I wrong. Here’s the perfect toy to liven up any product demonstration or presentation.  Grin.  Behold, the Taser C2 .  Now in a range of attractive colors.  Be sure and...
  • Blog Post: Mini VGA? Really?

    Could someone please explain to me why mini VGA is a port on two of the latest Ultrabook style machines?  The second generation Samsung Series 9 machine, and the latest ASUS Zenbook (not yet shipping) both have mini HDMI and mini VGA.  I get that a lot of you might want to connect the notebook...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Killer App - Don’t Download !!!

    You were warned.  Mu haaa haaaa haaaaaa !!!!
  • Blog Post: Dodging Bullets in Tornado Alley

    Earlier this week the North Texas area experienced some rather severe weather. It all started with tropical storm Hermine which was largely ignored, at first. It became apparent to Texas residents rather quickly this was going to be a vicious and deadly storm. Hermine blew into Texas after spawning...
  • Blog Post: You know you are a developer when…

    Scott Hanselman was doing an experiment and got sucked into a motorized Dell laptop. Developers, can’t live with em.
  • Blog Post: It’s Superbowl time again - place yer bets

    I’m not sure I’d want to be in this fight for the finish.  See http://consumerist.com/2011/04/worst-company-in-america-final-death-match-bank-of-america-vs-bp.html .
  • Blog Post: It happened again. My condolences

    By now you’ve likely heard about the tornado disaster today. Oklahoma City isn’t that far north of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Today an EF5 hit that area and destroyed the lives of thousands of people. Nature is a powerful force and it seems the radical nature of our weather it getting more and more...
  • Blog Post: Your USA tax dollars are hard at work

    I rarely wade into political or religious territory on this blog, but I think it's time to speak up some on a subject that is bugging me.  Like most of you, I work pretty hard for my money so I would prefer that my tax dollars are used for things like road improvements, building schools, etc. ...
  • Blog Post: The Death of Twitter and Short URLs ???

    The first time I saw twitter and the little URL converters that shorten big long URLs into tiny undecipherable URL thingies, I just knew this was a technology looking for a problem. I was right. Sure enough, the bad guys have already started using Twitter as a platform for their antics. See http://www...
  • Blog Post: HSPD-12 Logical Access Authentication and Active Directory Domains

    This document explains the interdependencies between Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) related to USA Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) smart card logon. Topics concerning the Federal PKI Common Policy Root certificate, Extended Key Usage...
  • Blog Post: New York in the Dark

    Wow. New York Magazine has a fantastic cover photo (pictured below) of New York City at http://nymag.com/nymag/letters/hurricane-sandy-editors-letter-2012-11/ shot by Iwan Baan.  Amazing. See the backstory for the shot at http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/11/more-images-from-new-yorks-sandy-cover.html...