XBox Live traffic quintuples after Halo 2 launch

Here’s an graphical look at XBox Live traffic after Halo 2 launched. Source: http://www.sandvine.co.uk/solutions/pdfs/Gaming_trend_analysis_haloII_traffic.pdf Not like this is something we didn’t know was going to happen, but interesting nonetheless…  

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Halo 2 stats in Excel

I just saw this in the Seattle PI today. “Microsoft Notebook: Tool connects ‘Halo 2’ with … Excel?” Using the RSS feed that http://www.bungie.net provides, Microsoft Excel Program Manager Sam Radakovitz was able to create a better way to check out your Halo 2 stats. (Well, the Game Viewer is pretty darn cool as well). Per game, you…

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Jason Zander and the CLR Tour on Channel 9

My favorite quote: “Your testers must be amazing developers.” https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=30187

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Halo 2 Sales in Japan

For the week of 11/8 – 11/14, Master Chief worked his way into 37,507 Japanese homes, placing Halo 2 in 3rd place on the all console charts. Not bad, considering that the XBox console market share is….shall we say, a bit small. English: http://www.m-create.com/eng/e_ranking.html Japanese, complete with sales figures: http://www.m-create.com/jpn/s_ranking.html Just be thankful you didn’t…

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Lazy Mail

Have you ever sent out an email saying:“Hey, check out the new Britney Spears video <hypothetical link/>! It’s HOT HOT HOT!” Only instead of sending the mail to your buddy Alan, you sent it to the “All Employees” alias? Then you frantically send out a “Recall” mail, which simply attracts more attention to your original blunder…

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Bungie.net website revamped for Halo 2

With all the excitement surrounding Halo 2’s release, it seems that the new features added to Bungie.net’s website have been overlooked. A co-worker told me about it, and I am now in awe. Once you finish a game over XBox live, all your stats are uploaded to the servers. Sure, you get all the standard stuff…

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Super Tuesday

Sure, electing the leader of the free world may seem important, but I think this is the day that the “Youth Vote” has been waiting for. (Good idea having the election BEFORE Halo 2’s launch date, rather than ON launch day!) Yes, my friends, it’s time for representatives from the Red and Blue states to…

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I think I’m blogging Japanese…

I’m trying out the new MSN blogging service at http://spaces.msn.com. It’s only in Japanese, though you can look at the spatterings of English in there and wonder what exactly I’m talking about. (Those of you that do speak Japanese, feel free to correct mine!) BTW, most of the comments are: 1) People correcting my Japanese…

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Security Report on Vulnerability Scanners

Hey, my buddy Joe wrote Security Innovations’ Security Report this month. It has all sorts of information about vulnerability scanners, how hackers use them, and how you can help keep your network secured. Could be useful for those of you with a home wireless network!

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Status Reports in InfoPath (Part II)

Due to the overwhelming number of requests (3+) for screenshots and code for the Status Report described in a previous post , I’ve decided to make them publicly available. My only request is that you let me know how I can improve the form. Here is the “Individual View”: It uses a Master-Detail control for viewing multiple Status…

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