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  • Blog Post: My phone is obsolete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: 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: 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: Windows phone and Windows Mobile 6.5 Launches !!!

    The next wave of Windows Mobile devices are now ready for your consideration.  I am so glad we have hit this milestone because there are a number of new and interesting devices on the market, effective today.  Head on over to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone for the latest information...
  • Blog Post: Cool Windows vs Walls Wallpapers

    See http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2008/09/18/life-without-walls-wallpapers-for-your-pc.aspx for some cool wallpapers to cover your desktop. Seems a bit ironic to me.
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Messaging enhancements are on the way!!!

    FYI, your trusty SST TechNet evangelists are all signed up for the upcoming BETA programs for Exchange Server. Harold Wong has been a leading force on our team in the Exchange arena and is driving technical readiness (for us) to insure you’ll get quality information via webcasts, blog entries, TechNet...
  • 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: Hello Moto – ES400 Announced

    Interesting Specs Display: PenTile® 3 in. diagonal color display, touch, VGA 640 x 480 portrait, Super Bright 750+ NITS (luminous) Dimensions: 5.08 in. L x 2.38 in. W x 0.67 in. D Radio: Dual 3.5G: GSM HSDPA/HSUPA and CDMA EVDO Rev A broadband for voice and data Frequency Band: UMTS/HSDPA and HSUPA:...
  • 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: Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista RTW's

    The Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center enables you to set up new partnerships, synchronize content and manage music, pictures and video with Windows Mobile powered devices (Windows Mobile 2003 or later). The Windows Mobile Device Center is only supported on Windows Vista. The Windows Mobile Device...
  • Blog Post: My Next Phone ???

    Looks pretty kewl to me.
  • 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: How to stop new phone sales in one easy step!

    You know how technology goes.  Just as soon as you are getting ready to plunk your hard earned cash down on a nice new phone, someone announces the next generation that is the “ must have ” device.  HTC just did that.  Sprint finally launched the US version of the HTC Touch Diamond. ...
  • Blog Post: CES thoughts from the first day

    Like many of you other nerds, I surfed a bit yesterday while I watched the Jets get destroyed. I didn't even bother to watch the Philly game because I knew how it would turn out. I reviewed the CES coverage at engadget . I looked around at the articles on gizmodo . What am I rushing out to buy? Most...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Device Emulator now available!!!

    A lot of you have seen our Exchange and Windows Mobile demos lately that included the remote wipe demos. However, unless you have the Visual Studio product and mobile SDK installed, you couldn’t run the kewl emulator. Well, we now have the standalone emulator out on the Microsoft Download Center...
  • Blog Post: “Taking the iPhone 3GS off the job market” by Engadget Editor-in-Chief

    Joshua Topolsky wrote and published “ Editorial: Taking the iPhone 3GS off the job market ” on the widely popular engadget.com website today.  I think he’s a little upset.  I never would have thought I’d see the day the engadget folks would publish an article like that since they are pretty...
  • Blog Post: I am not the target audience

    It always amazes me at the “diversity” of opinion on all matters inside and outside my company.  As you might imagine, not only do we scrutinize what our competitors are up to, but we are world class at criticizing ourselves.  The new ad campaign is no exception.  I started to see people...
  • Blog Post: Can you beat this?

    How many of you need network access wherever you go? Do you really NEED it, or would it just be nice? As a Microsoft evangelist, information is a core component of my daily life. It’s bewildering how much news gets generated each day. The members of my team are asked questions frequently. Wouldn’t it...
  • Blog Post: Life After Vista

    As you might guess, we're doing a lot of air, land and sea cover on Windows Vista right now. But what's next? Here's a hint... Windows " Longhorn " Server, that's what!!! With that in mind, what do you want to see in Q4FY07 ??? Q4 is April, May and June 2007. For our live seminars, I'm planning...
  • 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: Verizon Samsung Omnia - first impressions

    In the initial first day of use with the Verizon Samsung Omnia , I was pretty frustrated. Much of that frustration was misplaced and was a hold over of the HTC Touch Pro I now have boxed and ready for return. What lowered my frustration with the Omnia? The first is clearly seeing that a device with no...