I like to read ‘expert’ opinions for their comedic value.

Apparently, the Ed Bott does, too. Summary: In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of…

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Live Mesh to the, uh, rescue?

One of my alleged New Year’s resolutions was to clean out the blogging back log. I have a bad habit of highlighting something on a web page, whacking the Live Toolbar button for “blog this” and letting my witty repartee rot in a folder somewhere in Documents. No more! I will have the “now habit”…

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Meet the Reedz on Xbox Live

It’s always interesting to see how other people see themselves. Or want to be seen. Maybe it’s the latent social scientist training from decades gone by in graduate school. Who knows? Giving them no specific directions besides “make an avatar for yourself”, I turned the family loose on the Xbox Live avatar creator… with interesting…

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Fictional characters with autism

Not exactly mainstream fiction, or even mainstream scifi, but it’s based on an Xbox game published by MSGS. Mass Effect: Ascension The central character (not the protagonist) is described as having autism and several parts of the book are from her perspective. I thought it was interesting and a generally positive treatment of a character…

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The Next Big Gaming Platform: SQL Server?!

I realize that I’m normally off-topic, so it’s weird for me to actually be blogging about SQL Server on my vacation… Figures.   I’ve blogged before about the Real Reason™ that most guys my age (at least in the USA) got into software development: video games. Back in my day, they wasen’t even much…

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XNA to the n-th power trumps Gears of War 2 trailer?

I’ve been a closet XNA fan for a while. I’ve been lurking and watching to see how they plan solve some really hard user-generated content problems… “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone to share their creations with the world,” said Schappert. “Our goal…

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Internet vigilante justice?

I’m not advocating mob justice generally; however, this is the *only* case in which I can remember the media even coming close to a retraction of it’s horribly biased, agenda-based drivel. "They" put up unresearched stories full of unnecessary ambiguity and emotionally-loaded ‘nonsense’ (to put it mildly)… As one Amazon user put it: “I know…

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The voice of the grunts writes novels, too?

Learn something new every day… Contact Harvest is the most recent book in a series of adaptations of the video game Halo, for which Staten has been writing for years. Best-Selling Book Shows ‘Halo’ Game’s Wide Appeal (NPR Audio) I didn’t know that Staten was the voice of the grunts! Somehow knowing that (in some…

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Don't hate the game...

Don’t hate the game, hate the…? I won’t finish that famous line, because it would be bad advice to Hollywood. Heh. "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you’d see in cinemas," quotes an Advertising Age article of Mike Hickey, an analyst at research firm Janco Partners. ”This could last…

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