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XBox Live v2

November 9, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Gaming | Africa
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I switched on the XBox yesterday for the first time in a few months and was greeted with the new XBox Live version 2 upgrade.  Sweet.  Then I was presented with my list of online friends. Zero.  I have no online XBox Friends.  Thought I did, but no. :) 

If you're on XBox Live, and you're reading this blog, we have at least that in common.  Clearly you are my friend, or a spy.  My XBox Live GamerTag is “Glucose”.  If you see me online, please do threaten to crush me in any XBox game.

P.S. As an aside, I was throughly disappointed in the XBox Music Mixer.  It promised to let me listen to my MP3s via a connection to my main server, as well as watch slide shows.  Well, it DOES do that, but it requires me to run a Wizard on my main server, I add my pictures, then it counts done from 5:00 minutes.  At this point, I'm expected to RUN down to my XBox and run the associated XBox Music Mixer wizard and TRANSFER (that's right, COPY) my pictures/music to the XBox's paltry 8 gig drive.  Not exactly something you want to do when your guests are over and dying to see your pictures of Malaysia or Zimbabwe. 

I can only assume the did it this way to keep XBox hackers from taking any real-time transfer capabilities and defeating them, thus introducing “XBox Napster.“ (which is basically what I wanted, XBox Napster within my own subnet.)

Regardless, this is Glucose signing off.  See you online!

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Sunday, 09 November 2003 19:59:17 UTC
Good to hear of another geek XBOXer. I'll look you up when I'm online.

BTW - It was nice meeting you at PDC (I introduced myself at the Ask the Experts shindig). Thanks again for your presentation tips. I've got a link to them and a bunch of others at http://weblogs.asp.net/gad/posts/32303.aspx.
Sunday, 09 November 2003 21:46:53 UTC
"...when your guests are over and dying to see your pictures of Malaysia or Zimbabwe."

Or, in my case, pictures of Vancouver, WA (or someplace equally exciting) :)

I haven't played with X-Box Live since it was introduced around a year ago. It was fun for a while, getting to go online and get badmouthed by 14 year-olds with squeaky voices (except when they were using the voice modulator thing), but maybe it's time to give it another chance...
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