Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Acer AspireRevo 3610 ATOM 330 Dual Core – first impressions

    Yesterday afternoon I received the Acer AspireRevo 3610-U9012 . It’s classified as a consumer desktop or nettop but HDTV and media center enthusiasts like myself are looking at this device for a different purpose.  In fact, I want the Revo for one purpose and only one purpose.  To replace my...
  • Blog Post: Apple Rulz

    Give me a break. I stumble across the poll on engadget.com that allows people to vote for the Portable Media Device of the Year . So I look over the nominations and of course vote for the Creative Zen Vision W. Then I see the results... The Apple iPod Shuffle is leading the pack with 46% of the votes...
  • Blog Post: New Changes to Zune Music Pass in the US

    On October 3rd, in the US, we will be introducing a new, lower priced version of Zune Music Pass at $9.99 per month. The plan will provide unlimited, on-demand access to more than 14 million songs and tens of thousands of music videos. Unlike the current Zune Music Pass offering, it will not include...
  • Blog Post: Zune and Zune Pass expand to international markets – hello Windows Phone 7

    REDMOND, Wash. — Sep. 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass 1 music subscription service...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen this evaluation promo? Cool stuff

    I’m sure if I read the fine print it says something about Microsoft employees are ineligible to win.  Drat.  You guys get to have all of the fun.  Speaking of which, there are other prizes up for grabs.  Zunes, Xbox 360 Elites and the HP Home Server are all there for the taking. ...
  • Blog Post: Closing the books on Fiscal Year 2007

    First of all, I want to say thank you personally and on the behalf of my company!!! Microsoft appreciates your business and the opportunity to help you solve problems, make money and have fun. FY07 has been a blast for me. Let's rewind a bit and see what happened. Back in July of 2006, the beginning...
  • 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: My SBS server got paved today

    It was a sad day. After a couple of years of non stop service, I flattened my Small Business Server (SBS). I feel so naked without the strength of ISA Server guarding the perimeter. I feel depressed that I'm back to pop3 downloads instead of the rich synchronization of Exchange Server and Outlook 2007...
  • Blog Post: The Engadget Show with guest Steve Ballmer - now available for viewing

    This is a pretty interesting show. Josh interviews Steve Ballmer about Microsoft and the projects we are working on. I’ve only watched the first 10 minutes but I thought you might enjoy it so here’s the embedded player and video.
  • Blog Post: How about a new PMP for Christmas?

    Every year a new crop of Portable Media Players (PMP) comes out and tempts you to spend your hard earned cash on one. This year is no different and most of the major makers have tipped their hand and have their product in the channel, or will very soon. Archos The Archos 5 Internet Tablet for 2009...
  • Blog Post: Blue Zune 120 now available

    Click the pic or get it @ https://zunestore.net/us/catalog/Customize.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Zune File Association Error fix

    I recently moved my OS, applications and data from one hard drive to another.  I use Ghost 12 with Windows Vista and it works great with one notable exception.  The exception reared it's ugly head when I went to install the Zune version 2 software and re-establish my account on my home computer...
  • 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: Now they are making this hard on me... Zune Originals

      For the first time, consumers also will have the option to customize their Zune player with laser-engraved designs and personal text through a new Web store called Zune Originals. Customers will be able to purchase a Zune player directly from Microsoft at http://www.zuneoriginals.net and choose...
  • Blog Post: Apple reveals their fall collection

    As you know, I am a bit of a gadget collector . So it goes without saying I was interested in today's Apple conference where they revealed their next wave of iPods . Tell you what, it looks like a pretty nice set of new devices, but I'm not rushing out to buy anything just yet. For starters, it's...
  • Blog Post: Zune vs iPod Comparison Chart

    This comparison chart appears to be very detailed. I have no idea if the preloaded Virus line item is valid. Click the picture for full details. One thing I did notice is missing, and it's a biggy. The chart currently doesn't have the video out capabilities. The new Zune 80 has some impressive transcoding...
  • Blog Post: How do you deal with 888 new Inbox messages?

    I'm going to assume a lot of you have at least seen or heard about email rules.  Hopefully you use them to triage messages hitting your Inbox.  I know people in my org who don't use rules.  Today would have been a wake up call for those people.  As you might have guessed from my blog...
  • Blog Post: Loads of stuff happening tonight at 8:30 CST

    On Sunday night, join Bill Gates at microsoftatces.com as he keynotes 2007 CES, demonstrating how the company is delivering a new generation of connected experiences. Bill will be joined by Robbie Bach in announcing several new offerings from Windows Vista, Xbox 360, Microsoft TV and more. The 2007 International...
  • Blog Post: We are giving away a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p

    Right now I am installing Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. I’ll add all of the drivers, service packs and fixes, verify it works properly on my network, etc. Then we are going to give it away on or about December 19th, 2008. Just call me Keith “Santa Claus” Combs. Matt's the Elf...
  • Blog Post: Anyone running out to buy the new iPod Touch?

    The Apple 8GB iPod Touch is $229, the 16GB is $299 and the 32GB is $399. Those are the prices at the Apple Store . Anyone running out to buy one? Somebody wake me up when the 32GB is discounted to $299 (at least). You can get a new generation 120GB Archos player for $399 and although that isn’t exactly...
  • Blog Post: DVD Adventures with the Zune 80, Archos 605 WIFI and Zen Vision W

    It seems like every year around this time, I'm in exploration mode on the new gadget in my portfolio. This year is no exception and there were some unexpected surprises with my testing results. If you look back at last years post , you'll see we had the PSP, iPod Video, Zune 30 and Zen Vision W in the...
  • Blog Post: One of my favorite Zune things

    Are you stuck on Windows XP for a while? Are you sick to death of the blue, silver and olive themes? Well, the Zune team created a Windows XP theme that is very nice. The shaded brown theme is similar to the Zune software colors. Imagine that. If you have not seen the Zune software, click on the thumbnail...
  • Blog Post: Do Google employees use Windows?

    It's always fun to watch reactions to acquisitions . We like to get into those spirited debates about Microsoft employees using competitive products, in public. Give me a break. If I need to use a competing product because it's better, most likely I will. So what products do I use? Camtasia Studio v...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is cool again !

    Meet the new Zunes , Marketplace and other goodies.  Click the pic.
  • Blog Post: Zune HD Announced

    See the Press Release details at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/may09/05-26ZuneHDPR.mspx .  Zune HD is the next iteration of the Zune device family and brings a new level of listening and viewing experiences to the portable media player category. Zune HD comes with a built-in HD Radio...