Of interest: Black eyed peas on New Year’s… or rotten herring?

My family in the South believe in eating black eyed peas on New Year’s day to bring luck for the new year. A good recipe for New Year’s Day Black-eyed Peas can be found here, ‘though this year I’ll be making Black-Eyed Pea and Ham Hock soup. Better than the Swedish Surströmming my crazy and wonderful friends in…

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FYI: Xbox 360 extended warranties go into effect after the first year

I mentioned earlier that the Xbox 360 now has a one year warranty. I also read on the Xbox forums that there was a little confusion WRT how extended warranties purchased by customers would be recognized. Well, I received a confirmation today from the Xbox team that, for customers who purchased an extended warranty on their…

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Which is better for a new hard drive: speed or capacity?

Recently asked: “Which is better when buying a new hard drive for your computer: speed or capacity?” For space intensive applications (audio and video recording, photos), my answer is a larger drive (better if it’s mirrored to a second drive). If you’re playing games or running a lot of local (on-disk) software, then speed. Many…

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Holiday Humour: Even Santa Claus shops retail sometimes

I ran into my local CompUSA to pick up some networking items for the holiday week, and who did I run into? None other than the jolly old elf himself, weaving up and down the video game aisles. I snapped this photo of Santa Claus picking up a few things for the good little boys…

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The best present ever: the OpenX plastic Package opener

(re-posted again on 090508)  First off, I’m mentioning this with no professional endorsement: purely a personal view here. How many gifts given this year come in those form-fitting clear plastic packages? I know that one present Santa brought to our five-year-old — a new ATM machine — came in such. You know the type: no matter…

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The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business has left the building

While the kids were opening presents (the Nintendo DS made them forget that they had other presents still wrapped under the tree), I was sad to hear that James Brown had passed away this Christmas Day. Although I’m sure many people remember the singer as quite the showman both on and off the stage, I had…

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Microsoft Extends Xbox 360 Warranty to One Year

In case you missed this in the news, Microsoft is extending the Xbox 360 warranty to one year from the original 90 day warranty in the United States and Canada. That’s in line with many other parts of the world that already enjoy a one year warranty on the product. This increase in the warranty applies to…

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Friday Humour: Create your own holiday cards, or just go elf yourself

It’s still not to late… the US Postal Service will deliver Express Mail overnight! The Office Online site has more tips on creating your own holiday and special occasion greeting cards… “Holidays and special occasions are the perfect excuse for getting crafty and creating your own greeting cards. Microsoft Office Online can help you in…

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New Consumer Lifestyles portal now online

As I mentioned earlier this week, we regained power late Tuesday and we’re back in our home. Seems that most of our friends now have their power restored, too. You can still see examples of the impact around town and Microsoft main campus in Redmond. To gain an appreciation of the impact of the storm,…

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Back at home, where it was 40 degrees 12 hrs ago… inside

Many of us in Redmond and the Seattle area have been recovering from a severe winter storm. After four days, we’re finally back in the house, but many of our friends are still camping out in hotels and huddling by fireplaces. When the power was finally restored on our block late last night, the house thermometer read…

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