• DaveDev

    Happy 30th Atari 2600!



    Debuting in 1977 at $199 it brought gaming into the family household in a big way.  I remember getting a used Atari 2600 from an ad my parents found in the paper (200 Bucks was a lot to spend on electronics back then!).  I think it came with a couple cartridges - Missile Command (still my favorite 2600 game of which I still play now on Xbox Live), Dragracing, and Shootout.

    My parents felt they were buying us a new and exciting piece of technology - something to get their boys away from all that television and be a little more interactive.  My brother and I thought we had found a wondrous cauldron of infinite possibility, and it still didn't get us away from that TV.  The hours we spent playing those games got both of us interested in technology, and ultimately the computers that were to come after.  Perhaps our parents were smarter than we thought.  =)

    Here's to you Mr. 2600!  You can still bring a smile to my face after all these years.

    Engadget is running a story here and a little bit of history can be found here.  


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  • DaveDev

    The new look of Microsoft Live Search


    Check it out the new look of Live Search at www.live.com.

    Updates include:

    • Streamlined look and feel (I like it! No more blue/cyan!)
    • Enhanced Relevance using enhanced ranking algorithms, larger index sizes and autospell correction.
    • Speed - pages will load much faster.
    • Content Specific Searches (Images, Video, News, Maps, etc).  I did a search for "Halo 3" and got a bucket full of videos.  You can mouse over each video to get a preview!
    • Lots of other improvements as well... of interesting note (via E-Week article)
      • "The update also brings a new machine translation feature where, if a foreign language result is returned, the user can click to translate the page, and both the original and translated view are returned. Also, as the user moves his mouse over the original text, it is translated line by line."

    E-Week is running an article with more details here

    Check out the Live Search team blog here.

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  • DaveDev

    Halo 3 Launch Day!


    The wait is finally over, time to finish the fight!  Game will hit at midnight tonight...

    For those that cannot wait, here is an online interactive manual.  And, by interactive I mean a full blown Silverlight Application that uses animation, video, etc.. 

    Do not forget to check out the Halo3 HD videos if you have not already.  They just added a few new ones!  Very cool seeing the retired marines holding some real life Covenant weapons.


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  • DaveDev

    Halo 3 Pre-Launch party in NYC!



    This is an invite only event, and I have tickets

    If you are interested leave me feedback and I will get you an RSVP code.  Event is almost sold out, time to finish the fight (and get some Halo swag too)!

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