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  • Blog Post: Silverlight and more Halo 3 fun,

    I posted before about use of Silverlight for the Halo3 videos - I've got to say the whole museum of humanity series is an impressive piece of work just to support Halo. There's also a an interactive manual that's well worth a look. I'm disappointed to see that both Halo3.com and the root MSN Halo site...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services - X-box live as a model ?

    We keep talking about a world of Software + Services. I saw a slide recently that talked about this almost in the form of "Client / Server 2.0" The idea went like this First we had the PC / Mainframe era. It was either anarchic on the PC or Controlled and restricted as a central service Then we had the...
  • Blog Post: More halo 3 picture fun

    Driving home last night I heard Stephen McGill (who's in charge of all things Xbox in the UK) on the PM programme (it's about 40 minutes in if you want to use the "Listen again feature). He was talking about Gears of War winning the Golden Joystick awards. According to the BBC Xbox and Wii had a good...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 - a nice surprise at Amazon.co.uk

    I've been dragging my feet about upgrading my Xbox, but some of the bearings are getting a bit noisy, and the more time I spend with Vista's Media Center the more I want to use the Xbox as an extender. Then there's the gaming side: I quite like driving games and to be honest the wheel I have has been...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre Edition is dead, Long live Windows Media Centre.

    I want an Xbox 360. Someone gave me an original Xbox and the games still impresses me. When I got the Xbox I already had a cable TV decoder, VCR, and DVD player lashed into the back of the TV. I gave the DVD player to my Dad because the Xbox did that job. But it's not a pretty piece of furniture and...
  • Blog Post: Load up on guns, and bring your friends.

    The original Halo was the making of the original Xbox. It looked fantastic and sounded fantastic - spent shotgun cartridge bouncing brass end against a wall and then open onto the floor, spent shell cases from the machine gun tinkling as that bounced of the stone floor. The story unfolded like a movie...
  • Blog Post: X-box 360 and the "You tube of games"

    Yes, the BBC got my attention with that headline too. Here's the official press release . This is the launch of XNA Framework, a custom implementation of the .NET Compact Framework for game development. Dan Fernadez has a great summary and a great collection of links on his blog . The talk is all about...
  • Blog Post: A good day to be a fake doctor ...

    I mentioned we had something big planned for the CES show in Vegas, and that something is Windows Home Server. There was a nice teaser site, The Center for Digital Amnesia Awareness which now has the information on it. On 10 has a video which explains it ; their summary As a small, headless box that...
  • Blog Post: Long queue for a Wii

    Every time I see a headline about Nintendo's new console something puerile in me takes over; sorry but there it is. While I'm on the subject of consoles, having seen so much about it I went to see Casino Royale at the weekend. Past Bond films have been over-the-top, and this one was underplayed, and...
  • Blog Post: Free the Windows 7 !

    Brandon has a post on the Windows team blog Windows 7 will be in stores beginning October 22nd. I was talking a group of people a little while ago who said “In the stores in time for the Holiday season means what ? A reason margin before thanksgiving in the US ?” So this fits nicely with that enough...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 - and well kept secrets

    Part of me says I should not have to learn about what's happening at Microsoft from the BBC. My dive buddy in Malta was asking me about Halo 3 and I was telling him that consumer product launch dates are known to only a very few - it's one of the few bits of the business which is secretive. I've heard...
  • Blog Post: End of an era. Apple is no longer a computer company.

    I don't know what has happened between Steve Jobs' company and the one owned by the Beatles. It was always the case that the guys from Cupertino had to call themselves Apple Computer to keep themselves distinct. Not anymore. Scoble got it from Om Malik who thought it was of the noteworthy part of...
  • Blog Post: Why I really bought an Xbox-360

    I know my wife reads my blog. (Hello dear). So I hope I'm not going to surprise her. There are a bunch of reasons why I like the Xbox-360 Media's great on it - though I'm waiting for the wireless network adapter It's great to have no wires . Forza MotorSport with the wireless Force feedback steering...
  • Blog Post: Will the management sign off this new IM device ?

    OK,I'm a bit slow off the mark here but last week we announced we're linking Xbox live into Windows Live messenger.I've got to get one of these... I not sure if Live Communications Server users with Public IM Connectivity to MSN / Windows Live will be see the Xbox live users - they better had ! Of...
  • Blog Post: What happens if you break a Microsoft embargo

    Today has been Halo3 day. Marred for me by the fact that I've been on the Road away from my Xbox, and unable to pick-up my copy. Marred too by the fact that I missed my chance to get a copy of legendary edition. You may have read that Argos distributed copies early . Tut, tut. The Master chief was very...
  • Blog Post: Wanna see what Silverlight video streaming can do ?

    Eileen mentioned on her blog that the New Zealand tech-ed folk had posted their keynote in Silverlight. But with the Greatest respect to the presenters, they don't have the don't have the punch of these Halo 3 videos . One of them is pretty violent - maybe not the thing to watch with the kids around...