Archive for May, 2009

Xboxing

Friday, May 29th, 2009

So, I finally joined the 21st century of console gaming and got an Xbox; an Xbox 360, to be exact. Pretty cool so far, and I’m liking the Xbox Live thingy, but I’ve already had a problem. The Xbox 360 is supposed to be able to play some original Xbox games, so I went out and got a copy of “Halo” and “Halo 2”, the flagship series of Microsoft’s Xbox console. Neither game would play. Got a weird, uninformative error message (thanks, Microsoft!) and that was that. Checking Microsoft’s support web site, all I could find was “the disc might be dirty”. After cleaning the discs, polishing them with Turtle Wax (seriously, this has helped me revive old discs in the past), and even exchanging them for new discs, still no go. On a whim, I swapped out my Xbox’s hard drive for one from work and bingo! Worked like a charm. With this information to go on, I Googled around some more and came across a useful forum post at xbox-scene.com that had me: 1) take apart the hard drive enclosure, revealing the 2.5″ SATA drive inside, 2) plug said drive into my PC, 3) run 3rd party software to copy over a working partition containing the original Xbox emulation software. After putting everything back together again I was up and running.

As an aside, Microsoft’s phone tech support is as useless as I’d feared. They basically featured humans reading me the support web pages and transferring me between departments. And to add insult to injury, I was mysteriously cut off right at call center closing time, so I couldn’t call back. Now, I’ve worked at a call center before and calls do not suddenly get cut off at closing time; the center simply stops receiving new calls. I know it’s naïve to call a call center near closing time and expect excellent service, but show a little professionalism guys! I’ve been in the computer business a long, long time, and I think I could count on one hand the number of times Microsoft tech support has been of more use to me than a bag full of dead snails.

Anyways, my Xbox Live Gamertag is “TopherPerson” if anyone out there wants to befriend me. I don’t have a lot of games yet, but Megs is enjoying Viva Piñata.

Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata

Up

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

This morning the whole office trekked down to Hollywood to have an all-hands update meeting at the El Capitan theater. The Upside of this was that afterwards we got to see a special advanced screening of the new Disney*Pixar movie “Up”! First “out of the can” screeing of the film, they said! Got free popcorn and soda too! And it was during work hours! Great movie. The dogs were hillarious. Everyone should go see it!

This has been the best Wednesday in recent memory.

Disney*Pixar's Up

Disney*Pixar's Up

KHAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

What’s this? After all this silence all I’m posting is a silly Robot Chicken Star Trek video? You betcha!