I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft and its relationship with consumer enthusiasts like myself and the readers of this blog recently. Even though I’ve been lax on posting, my enthusiasm for Microsoft and its consumer products hasn’t waned. I got into this blogging game as an offshoot of Microsoft beta testing, a way for me to get the latest and greatest Microsoft products (for free, yay!), and almost more importantly, connect with others like myself. Back then, Microsoft was engaged in a full-on push to woo consumers.